• Iris Windsor

A Great Dish for All of the Family

I came across this recipe quite recently and it brought back memories.

This is a very economical dish that was very popular in the 60s. For those of us on a budget back then, it was a popular weekly dish that all of the family loved.

Some versions of it added 2 teaspoons of curry powder but my family preferred the asian style with added soy sauce on serving

Kie Si Min


2 tablesp olive oil 2 onion diced

2 cloves garlic crushed or diced

2 carrot sliced

1 cup frozen green beans sliced

1cup frozen peas

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 kg beef mince

45 g chicken noodle inst soup

1/2 cabbage shredded

2 cups boiling water

1 cup cooked noodles or pasta (I used spaghetti)

salt and pepper

Soy sauce to serve

Coriander to sprinkle on top if desired


  1. Heat a large frying pan

  2. Add onion garlic and carrot and stir until clear.

  3. Add the mince and cook until brown, breaking up any lumps.

  4. Add beans and stir through.

  5. Place the soup mix in a jug, add the boiling water and stir until combined.

  6. Add soup mixture to the mince and stir through well.

  7. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes.

  8. Taste and add salt and pepper if required.

  9. Check to ensure the mixture doesn't stick.

  10. Fold in shredded cabbage and peas

  11. Put a lid on and cook for a further 5 mins

  12. Fold in cooked noodles or pasta if using

  13. Sprinkle with soy sauce and coriander when serving


  • You may need to add another cup of water during cooking

  • This makes quite a large mixture. You can make half only or make the whole dish as I do, and portion what is left for lunches or further meals

  • Also nice served with rice as opposed to noodles


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