Italian Beef & Macaroni Bake

Stay in shape with this guilt-free low-cal dinner. Lean minced beef is high in protein and low in sat fat making it a great choice if you’re keeping an eye on your weight.

Healthy Diet

By Healthy Diet

Serves: 1
cals 450
Italian Beef & Macaroni Bake

Ingredients

  • 50g macaroni
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • ½ garlic clove, crushed (or ½ tsp minced or chopped garlic)
  • 30ml reduced-salt stock
  • 90g lean minced beef (maximum 5% fat)
  • 125ml passata
  • Pinch granulated sweetener
  • Small bunch fresh basil, chopped

FOR THE WHITE SAUCE:

  • ½ tbsp cornflour
  • 120ml skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp virtually fat-free fromage frais
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • ½ beaten egg
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
  2. Cook the pasta in a large, non-stick saucepan of boiling water, according to the instructions on the packet, until it’s tender but still retains a little bite (al dente). Drain well in a colander.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the onion and garlic in the stock in a large, non-stick pan until softened. Stir in the minced beef and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the passata, sweetener and basil and mix well. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. While the mince is cooking, make the white sauce. Blend the cornflour and a little of the milk together. Heat the remaining milk in a non-stick pan and bring to the boil. Stir the hot milk into the cornflour mixture and return to the pan. Heat gently, stirring all the time, until it thickens. Remove from the heat and then stir in the fromage frais, ground nutmeg and beaten egg. Season with black pepper.
  5. Cover the base of an ovenproof dish with half of the cooked pasta. Spoon the meat mixture over the pasta and then cover with the remaining pasta. Pour the white sauce over the top.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, until bubbling and golden brown. Serve immediately with a crisp salad.

This recipe has been created for the LighterLife® Fast diet plan. The LighterLife Fast® range is available exclusively in Superdrug stores, for more information visit www.lighterlifefast.com.

 

Nutrition: per serving

cal

450

fat

8.1g

sat fat

2.9g

carbs

64g

sugar

18.3g

fibre

5.2g

protein

35.1g

salt

1.1g