Cheesy Mince and Polenta Bake

Cheesy Mince and Polenta Bake

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Polenta is a delicious Italian staple that can be served savoury or sweet. Your family will love this cheesy savoury mince version!

  • Recipe serves4
  • Preparation time20 minutes
  • Cooking time50 minutes


  • 15 ml Sunflower oil
  • 1 Onion, finely diced
  • 3 Carrots, peeled and grated
  • 400 g Lean beef mince
  • 50 g Tomato paste
  • 1 sachet KNORR Spaghetti Bologanise Dry Cook-in-Sauce
  • 1 tin Chopped and peeled tomatoes
  • 250 ml Water
  • Cheddar cheese, grated
  • For the Polenta:
  • 250 ml Water
  • 2.5 ml Salt
  • 250 ml Polenta
  • 75 ml Parmesan cheese, grated


  • Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • Bring water and salt to the boil in a large pot over a high heat.
  • When boiling reduce the heat and gradually whisk in the polenta.
  • When the polenta is starting to thicken change to a wooden stir and continue to stir for about 8 minutes to cook the polenta then stir in the Parmesan cheese.
  • Spoon into the base of a greased oven proof casserole dish using the spoon to even out the polenta across the base of the dish.
  • In a pan heat the oil and fry the onion and carrots until soft.
  • Add the beef mince and fry until well browned.
  • Stir in the tomato paste and contents of the sachet of KNORR Spaghetti Bologanise Dry Cook-in-Sauce
  • Stir in the tinned tomatoes and water and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • When the mince is cooked spoon it into the oven proof casserole dish on top of the polenta base, top with grated cheddar cheese and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.