Pasta and Mince Soup

Pasta and Mince Soup

serves 4-6


  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 medium leek, sliced finely

  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped

  • 1 large carrot, grated

  • 300 g (10 oz) lean minced Scotch Beef

  • 500 g carton creamed tomato passata

  • 1.2 litres (2 pints) hot beef stock made with 1 cube

  • 75 g (2.75 oz) dried pasta shapes

  • 200 g can sweetcorn kernels, drained

  • 1 tsp mixed dried herbs

  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the fresh vegetables for 2-3 minutes until slightly softened. Add the minced beef, stirring to break up any lumps and cook until the meat becomes brown and crumbly.
  2. Pour in the creamed tomatoes, stock, pasta shapes, sweet corn and herbs. Cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes until the pasta is cooked.
  3. Adjust the seasoning, to taste and ladle into bowls.

This is a great recipe for adapting to introduce young children’s taste buds to spicy flavours. Replace the herbs with some mild curry paste or chilli powder, added with the meat.

No need to add extra salt as the stock cube will add enough.

Serving suggestions

All the favourite ingredients for children in one simple serving! Use the scariest pasta shapes you can find as monsters lurking amongst the lean but beefy boulders! Enjoy with crusty bread.

Where can I buy Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork?

Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork are available at most supermarkets, usually at the butcher counter. Just ask the counter staff if you’re not sure.

You can also buy Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork at independent butchers.

Find your nearest at our sister site below.

Scotch Butchers Club

If you’re not in the mood for cooking, Scotch Beef PGI is also served at many quality restaurants. Find one near you at our sister site below.

Scotch Beef Club

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