Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Winter warmer: Try this lush Scotch beef ragu mac and cheese with crispy topping

Post Thumbnail

Make your taste buds sing with this nourishing recipe from Quality Meat Scotland.

When buying beef, lamb or pork look for the iconic Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork logos as these guarantee the meat in your shopping basket has been sourced from local farms that adopt best practice regarding animal welfare and production methods, while also supporting local farmers.


Scotch beef ragu mac and cheese with crispy topping

(Serves 6)

Ingredients

For the ragu:

  • 400g lean diced Scotch Beef PGI
  • 30g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 200g tomato passata
  • 200ml red wine
  • 200ml low-salt beef stock
  • Salt and pepper

For the mac and cheese:

  • 25g butter
  • A pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 25g plain flour
  • 600ml milk
  • 1 tsp mustard of your choice
  • 200g mature cheddar cheese, grated
  • 250g macaroni or rigatoni pasta

Method

For the ragu:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/350°F/ Gas Mark 4.
  2. Toss the beef in the flour and season, then shake off any excess flour before adding to the pan.
  3. Heat a heavy based pan and fry the beef in the oil a little at a time until golden.
  4. Once beef is browned, add the passata, wine and stock.
  5. Bring to the boil and then place in the oven for 60 to 90 minutes until the beef is falling apart and tender.
  6. Transfer to a serving dish and set aside to cool.

For the mac and cheese:

  1. Melt the butter in a pan, add the flour and cook over a medium heat for one minute.
  2. Gradually add the milk a little at a time, mixing between additions until all the milk is added.
  3. Add the mustard, nutmeg and the cheese (retain a small amount to top the finished dish) and season if needed.
  4. Boil the pasta until al dente (cook for 2 minutes less than pack instructions).
  5. Drain, then mix with the cheese sauce.

To finish:

  1. Turn the oven temp up to 220°C/200°C Fan/425°F/Gas Mark 7. Place the ragu on the bottom of your serving dish, then top with the pasta and sauce.
  2. Sprinkle over the remaining cheddar.
  3. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden and crisp on top.
  4. Allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  5. Serve with a mixed leaf salad.

Slow cooker method:

  1. To make the ragu in a slow cooker follow the first few steps.
  2. After bringing the beef/sauce to the boil, transfer to the slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  4. When the beef is tender and falling apart, the ragu is ready.
  5. Thereafter, transfer to a serving dish and follow the steps for the mac and cheese and assembly.

For more Scotch Beef and Specially Selected Pork recipe videos and inspiration visit scotchkitchen.com or follow Scotch Kitchen on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]