Saturday, 26 March 2016

Parmesan Elbows

This was a dish that my daughter Farah cooked for us. It was delicious. She has the recipe, probably downloaded from the Internet. But I will share my idea of what the ingredients are based on what I think went into the dish. I have named it Parmesan Elbows.

The ground beef and parmesan cheese mixture can also be combined with potatoes and used as filling to make curry puffs (karipap).


Pasta (hollow tube elbows)
Ground beef (Ramli ground beef patties)
1 big Holland onion - chopped into fine squares
3 cloves garlic (optional) - chopped finely
some ground black pepper
Parmesan cheese
salt to taste (quanto basta)
2 Tablespoon palm oil for frying

stainless steel pot for boiling pasta
kuali for frying ground beef
bamboo spoon
some hot water for gravy

How to

(i) Pasta
Boil pasta in metal pot till al dente hardness. 
Add a Tablespoon of cooking oil to prevent sticking. 
Add a pinch of salt.
Once the pasta is cooked al dente, remove and drain. 
Save some pasta water for cooking the ground beef.

(ii) Ground beef and cheese
In kuali, heat oil and fry onion and garlic till fragrant and caramelised.
Add ground beef and stir to mix.
Cook till beef is done and soft - may take 30 - 45 minutes.

Add hot water and pasta water for some gravy and to avoid sticking.
Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
Add pepper.
Season with salt.
Add sufficient parmesan cheese (crumbs) and stir to mix.

(iii) Adding pasta 
Add pasta and stir mixture thoroughly.
Remove from fire and serve while still hot.
Can serve with chili sauce.