French onion soup mix makes everything taste better – adding a depth of flavour that you can usually only get from a lot of preparation and slow cooking. Topped with cheesy mashed potato, this easy beef mince dinner recipe ticks all the boxes.
1.2kg sebago (brushed) potatoes, peeled, cut into 4cm pieces
60g butter, chopped
60ml (1/4 cup) milk, warmed
1 tbsp olive oil
750g beef mince
1 carrot, peeled, coarsely grated
2 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp tomato paste
40g packet French onion soup mix
120g (3/4 cup) frozen peas
80g (1 cup) coarsely grated cheddar
5 Method Steps
Step 1Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan forced. Cook the potato
(1.2kg sebago (brushed) potatoes, peeled, cut into 4cm pieces) in a saucepan of boiling water for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain well then return to pan. Place over medium heat. Cook, shaking pan, for 1 minute or until excess liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat.
Step 2Mash the potatoes. Add the butter
(60g butter, chopped) and milk
(60ml (1/4 cup) milk, warmed). Use a wooden spoon to stir potato mixture until smooth and well combined. Season.
Step 3Heat the oil
(1 tbsp olive oil) in a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the mince
(750g beef mince) and cook, using a wooden spoon to break up any lumps, for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Reduce heat to medium. Add carrot
(1 carrot, peeled, coarsely grated) and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until softened. Add flour
(2 tbsp plain flour) and tomato paste
(2 tbsp tomato paste) and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until combined.
Step 4Add soup mix
(40g packet French onion soup mix) and 375ml (1 1/2 cups) water. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until thickened. Stir in peas
(120g (3/4 cup) frozen peas). Transfer to a 1.75L (7 cup) baking dish. Top with mashed potato. Sprinkle with cheese
(80g (1 cup) coarsely grated cheddar).
Step 5Place dish on a baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve.