SW recipe: Sloppy Joe pasta bake

EVERYDAY EASY
Serves 4
Ready in about 1 hour 15 minutes
Syns per serving: FREE

Ingredients

Low-calorie cooking spray

500g lean beef mince (5% fat or less)

8 spring onions, sliced

1 large carrot, finely diced

3 celery sticks, finely diced

1 red pepper, deseeded and finely diced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

4 tbsp tomato purée

1 tsp chipotle chilli flakes

1 tsp mustard powder

400g can chopped tomatoes

200g passata

300g dried macaroni

250g plain quark

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 tbsp dried mixed herbs, plus extra to serve

Mixed-leaf salad, to serve

Method

1 Preheat your oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4. Spray a large, non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium-high heat. Fry the mince until browned all over, then drain off any liquid and transfer to a bowl.

2 Wipe the pan with kitchen paper and with low-calorie cooking spray and reduce the heat to medium. Cook the spring onions, carrot, celery, pepper and garlic for 5 minutes, or until softened.

3 Return the mince to the pan, and add the tomato purée, chilli flakes, mustard powder, tomatoes and passata. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season well.

4 Cook the macaroni according to the pack instructions, then drain. Spread half the macaroni over the base of a baking dish. Spoon over the mince, then the remaining macaroni. Whisk together the quark, eggs and herbs, then season and pour over the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Sprinkle over the extra herbs and serve with the salad.

MAKE IT VEGGIE
To make this dish vegetarian, swap the mince for 250g each of finely chopped mushrooms and canned puy lentils, drained and rinsed. Skip step 1, then add to the pan with the tomato purée in step 3.

 

Fill up on Free Food®
All our meals are based on Slimming World Free Food – nutritious, everyday foods that fill you up for fewer calories, meaning they’re great for weight loss! Free Food includes lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, pasta, rice, potatoes, pulses, fruit, veg and more. And you can eat these foods freely, making them perfect for satisfying the biggest of appetites. Some Free Foods have the extra bonus of being Speed Food – fruit and veg that are super-low in calories and keep you slimming beautifully. For the best results, always reach for Speed Food first in between meals and include at least a third of a plate of Speed Food at every meal, where it makes sense.

Add in Healthy Extras®
To help provide a good balance of nutrients, enjoy two measured portions of milk or cheese each day – your Healthy Extra ‘a’ choices. Options include 350ml skimmed milk or 250ml semi-skimmed milk; 40g reduced-fat or 30g full-fat hard cheese; 50g mozzarella (cow’s milk); 45g feta or 35g Danish blue, which can be eaten as part of a meal or snack. Also have one portion of wholemeal bread or breakfast cereal each day – your Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice. To keep things simple we’ve built your Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice into the menu plan each day.

Choose your Syns®
Foods and drinks that pose a risk to your weight loss – those high in fat or sugar, as well as alcohol – can be enjoyed as carefully counted Syns. We recommend you plan between 5 and 15 Syns into your day (see the bottom of the next page for some ideas).

Make simple swaps
To help protect your weight loss, choose the leanest meats and trim off any visible fat – cut the white bits off bacon and remove skin from poultry. Dry-fry or cook with low-calorie cooking spray rather than fat or oil, switch sugar for sweetener, and swap cream and crème fraîche for fat-free natural yogurt or plain quark.

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