Beef and Vegetable Casserole

This Beef and Vegetable Casserole recipe will soon become a weeknight winner

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium Cauliflower Head Florets
  • 1/2 medium Butternut Squash, shredded
  • 1 medium Onion, shredded
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup Smoked Ham, cubed
  • 4 ripe Tomatoes, peeled and crushed (if you don’t have fresh use from the can)
  • Few Pinches of Oregano & Basil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Meat:
  • 220g. Sauteed Ground Beef
  • 1/2 can/jar Meat based Tomato Sauce/OR Marinara
  • Pinch of Salt and Pepper/to taste
  • Topping:
  • 2 handful Oatmeal
  • 1 cup Mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmigiana
  • 1 cup French Onions + more for garnish
  • few springs Parsley/or any other herb, chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat the frying pan and put in the ground beef to brown it and release all the fat. Once the beef looks done take it out with a spoon and place it onto a paper towel to get rid of unwanted fat.
  • Wash the cauliflower and cut only florets; cut the butternut squash in half and peel, then shred. Shred the onion and mince the garlic. Peel tomatoes (or use canned) then crush, cube ham and you may use any ham that you have(smoked is usually the best). Put everything on the side and start with sauteing cauliflower florets in the oil that you cooked the beef in.
  • Cook cauliflower on medium high heat for 5 minutes, drop in shredded butternut squash, onion and garlic; Season and stir.
  • Add tomatoes, crush them some more in the pan and add cubed ham, season with salt and pepper if needed and sprinkle dry herbs on top. Let it cook for 10 minutes on medium high. Stir and set aside.
  • Return cooked ground beef in the frying pan and add the meat based tomato sauce/spaghetti sauce or marinara sauce. Stir well and season if you need. Taste before seasoning.
  • Preheat the oven on 200C.
  • In the bowl mix oatmeal, french onions, mozzarella, and parmigiano cheese.
  • In the baking pan add first the veggie mixture, spread equally on all sides. Then add meat and sauce. Sprinkle oatmeal mixture over the top and bake.
  • Bake or 20 minutes or until all the cheese is melted completely and bubbling.
  • Recipe from Sandra’s Easy Cooking food blog.