Rigatoni sausage bake

Rigatoni sausage bake

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins - 50 mins

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Serves 6

A great way to get kids to eat spinach, this is a healthy, comforting sausage supper dish

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
749
protein
31g
carbs
84g
fat
33g
saturates
16g
fibre
5g
sugar
0g
salt
2.32g

Ingredients

  • 400g good quality pork sausages
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 150ml red wine
  • 300ml vegetable stock
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée

For the sauce

  • 50g butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • 600ml milk
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • 500g rigatoni or penne
  • 200g fresh spinach
  • 140g mature cheddar, grated

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Method

  1. Slit the sausages and remove them from their skins, then chop them into small pieces. Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and fry for 5 minutes, until softened and lightly browned. Stir in the sausages and fry until lightly coloured. Add the carrot, then stir in the wine, stock, tomato purée, and season.
  2. Bring to the boil, then simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes until thickened. Taste and season. Set aside.
  3. Put the butter, flour and milk in a pan. Gently heat, whisking, until thickened and smooth. Add a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg, season, then simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 190C/Gas 5/fan 170C. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the pasta, stir well, then cook, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes, until tender. Remove from the heat, stir in the spinach and, when just wilted, drain well.
  5. Tip half the pasta into a shallow ovenproof dish, about 2.2 litre/4 pint, and level. Spoon over the sausage sauce, then cover with the remaining pasta. Pour the white sauce evenly over the top and sprinkle with the cheddar. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Leave for 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2002

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camurray's picture
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Absolutely wonderful, added Garlic (big garlic fan) and a little bit of chilli sauce to give a kick. Firm fav now.

franceswilliams2's picture
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A great store cupboard dinner. Used three pans plus ovenware much to the distane of the washer upper! I had no spinich so chucked some frozen peas into the sausage mixture. Very tasty - Would definately make again.

vickpole's picture
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Have cooked this a number of times as it's so tasty!

icklezill's picture

We've just had this recipe at our In laws for lunch and it was lovely....both our children loved it too which was great as finding something to suit everyone can be tricky !!

tinkle's picture
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I love this recipe and I thought it was easy to make

phildelahaye's picture
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I got this recipe from a friend before I discovered the joys of the Good Food website for myself.
I love this recipe - it's a delicious alternative to lasagne, really tasty and easy to make once you've done it once or twice. Great for entertaining as it's easy to make larger quantities.

wendykr's picture
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Yummy, everyone loves this, there are never any left overs!

samikin's picture
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I find this really easy and the kids (3 & 5) love it! I've now passed it arounf the office and everyone who has tried it has raved about it. I usually make it the night before so all I have to do when I get home from work is top it off with the cheese and bung it in the oven. (We don't add the cream sauce as my Hubby doesn't like creamy food).

tinaandsam2's picture

Another lovely dish. It was quite time consuming to prepare but well worth the effort. Will definitely make again. Helped the children with their five-a-day very discretely!!

saxosu's picture
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All the family loved this. Second time round I added gruyere to the white sauce which made it much richer but even tastier.

patto4795's picture
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Another great, cheap way of using a pack of sausages, some veg and pasta. I haven't met anyone who doesn't love this recipe.

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