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Recipe of the week: Scotch beef and lentil cannelloni


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A wholesome and hearty meal that goes a long way.

Scotch beef and lentil cannelloni.
Scotch beef and lentil cannelloni.

Ingredients (serves two)

150g lean Scotch Beef mince

1 small onion, peeled and chopped

1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed

Pinch of sea salt and black pepper

350g herb-flavoured passata

40g red lentils, rinsed

75g carrot, peeled and grated

1 large courgette, trimmed

15g fresh Parmesan grated

15g low fat Cheddar, grated

(Lean pork mince works well in this recipe as another option, or you can use half pork and half beef. If you're entertaining, simply double up the recipe quantities and bake in a larger dish – approx 28cm diameter.)

Method

First make the meat sauce. In a hot, non-stick saucepan dry fry the minced beef, onion and garlic for five minutes until browned all over.

Season lightly, and add the passata and 150ml water. Bring to the boil, add the lentils, and simmer uncovered for about 35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thick and the lentils are completely soft.

Turn off the heat, and stir in the carrot. Leave to cool completely.

While the meat sauce is cooking, use a vegetable peeler to slice down the length of the courgette and make long, thin ribbons. Keep the pressure steady as you slice, to make the ribbons as long as possible.

When you reach the middle of the courgette, you may find it easier to slice it through with a vegetable knife. You should be able to make between 12 and 14 ribbons.

Wrap each ribbon into a four-to-five centimetre diameter tube and place on a board. Very thin or broken ribbons can be laid on top of each other to make up more rounds. Cover and chill until ready to cook. Finely chop the leftover courgette into small pieces and stir into the meat sauce.

Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan oven/gas 6. Cover the bottom of an approx 20cm round or square baking dish with a layer of the meat sauce. Stand the courgette tubes side by side in the dish, then carefully fill each one with the remaining meat sauce – a teaspoon is useful for this.

Cover the top of the dish with foil, and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle with the cheeses and continue to cook for a further 10 minutes, uncovered, to melt the cheese.

To serve, sprinkle with basil for a professional flourish. Accompany with crusty bread and salad, and invite everyone to tuck in!


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