- 1 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 1 large onion, chopped
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 500g lean lamb mince
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 beef or lamb stock cube
- 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…
- 400g macaroni
- 250g tub ricotta
Ricotta is an Italian curd cheese. Made from whey, it is traditionally a by-product of making…
- 50g Parmesan, grated
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
- 50ml milk
One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…
- garlic bread, to serve (optional)
Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…
Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and cook for 10 mins until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min more, then tip in the lamb mince, turn up the heat and brown, breaking up the mince with a wooden spoon.
Once the lamb is browned, add the cinnamon, crumbled stock cube, tomatoes and oregano. Stir well and simmer for 15 mins, covered, then for 15 mins, uncovered, until the sauce has thickened and the tomatoes have cooked down.
Meanwhile, cook the macaroni following pack instructions. Drain well. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
Mix together the ricotta, most of the Parmesan and the milk with plenty of seasoning, and stir into the macaroni. Tip the mince into a large baking dish, top with the macaroni mixture, and scatter over the remaining Parmesan. Bake for 30 mins until golden and bubbling. Serve hot with garlic bread, if you like.