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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Frugal Meal - Savoury Mince Bake

I have been using some of my old time recipes lately as they always seem to be enjoyed more than the modern ones I try.  

They are made from the simplest ingredients that I always have on hand. Of course you can add extras to suit your own tastes.   This type of meal you can sneak some vegetables in and no one will notice.

Savoury Mince Bake

1 large onion, pinch of herbs, 1 lb mince, 1 tin tomato soup(16oz), 1 cup macaroni, grated cheese and breadcrumbs.

Chop onion and fry until brown.  Add mince, salt, pepper, pinch herbs and tomato soup. Simmer for 3/4 hour, adding a little water if necessary. Cook one cup macaroni according to instructions in salted water.  Drain and add to the mince mixture, mixing well. Turn into a flat dish, sprinkle with grated cheese and breadcrumbs and place in oven or under griller until brown.

*I added mushrooms, a little capsicum, grated carrot and zucchini to the mix. I also added a little more noodles.

This bake was served with even more vegetables J

This recipe can be found in the 1967 CWA Fingers and Forks cook book. 
As you can see this book has been well used.

Cooking away on the stove....

Combined with noodles and added to dish.

Topped with grated cheese and breadcrumbs.



Do you prefer modern or old fashioned recipes?


  1. That is a real comfort food recipe Tania. Perfect for a Sunday night me thinks

  2. That sounds good, Tania. I made something similar tonight and it is good the way you can add veggies. I still use some recipes from The Nursing Mothers' Cookbook that I had when my children were babies. LOL!

    1. And I bet those recipes are really good too Nanna Chel.

  3. Another good one Tania. I have started coming back to older style cooking recently. The recipes are easy and don't need a stack of rarely used ingredients. I made your golden syrup and apple roly poly on the weekend and it was very well received. I think this one will go on rotation soon too. Thank you.

    1. I am so pleased to hear you are liking my recipes Barb. It is hard to know what to post sometimes. I try to select something that will be enjoyed by others.

  4. I love a lot of old recipes and they are usually economical. Then I like some modern ones too but I stick with simple ones mainly, I don't like complicated recipes.
    Then I do like that we can search the Internet for how to use something and get ideas. That is really handy. The best of all worlds! xxx

  5. Yes I do the same Annabel. Mix a bit of modern with old, but I always seem to had back to the old favourites :)


  6. Hi Tania, I agreed that you can't go past an old fashioned recipe. They bring so much comfort to family and home. I always feel more satisfied cooking something traditional that can't fail :)


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