FOOD

Minestrone Beef Casserole with Parmesan Dumplings

Your go-to week night dinner during the colder months.
6
55M
1H 45M
2H 40M

Looking for a simple yet delicious week night dinner for you and your family this winter? Then this is the recipe for you!

Ingredients

MINESTRONE BEEF CASSEROLE
PARMESAN DUMPLINGS

Method

1.

Heat an oiled, flameproof casserole dish (14-cup capacity) over a high heat. Add beef in three batches. Cook, turning occasionally for about 5 minutes, or until browned all over. Remove.

2.

Heat same oiled dish over a medium to high heat. Add bacon, onion, carrots, garlic and oregano. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until onion is soft. Add paste. Stir for 1 minute. Return beef with pasta sauce and 2 cups water. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with lid.

3.

Cook in a slow oven (150C) for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

4.

Meanwhile, make dumplings. Using your fingertips, rub butter into flour in a large bowl to form fine crumbs. Stir in cheese and parsley. Add milk. Mix well. Bring dough together with your hands. Divide into 12 equal portions. Shape into balls.

5.

Remove casserole from oven. Remove lid. Arrange dumplings over top. Increase oven to hot (200C).

6.

Cook, uncovered, for a further 15 minutes, or until dumplings are golden brown. Serve.

TIP: Casserole can be made to the end of Step 3, up to three days ahead. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Reheat until simmering before adding dumplings.

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