Sausage ragu & spinach pasta bake

Sausage ragu & spinach pasta bake

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 5

This everyday, freeze-ahead supper combines tomatoes with a creamy cheese sauce - a perfect family meal

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
941
protein
43g
carbs
100g
fat
44g
saturates
20g
fibre
6g
sugar
11g
salt
3.38g

Ingredients

  • 6 good-quality pork sausages (about 400g), skinned
  • 680g jar passata with garlic and herbs
  • 1 tbsp oregano, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 500g pack pasta shapes
  • 400g pack spinach
  • 2 x 350g tubs ready-made cheese sauce (use a full-fat one if freezing)
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • 100g parmesan, grated
  • 1 egg, beaten, to glaze

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Method

  1. Heat a large frying pan and brown the sausages, using a wooden spoon to break up the meat. Pour off any fat from the pan, stir in the passata, bring to the boil, then add the oregano and season. Simmer for 10 mins.
  2. Cook the pasta for 2 mins less than the pack says, reserve some cooking water, then drain, cool under cold water and drain again. Meanwhile, pour a kettle of boiling water over the spinach in a colander to wilt, then squeeze out all the water. Mix the pasta with the cheese sauce and some of the reserved water, to loosen. Season.
  3. In a large dish, add the meat sauce, then the spinach, some nutmeg and seasoning. Next, add a third of the Parmesan, the cheesy pasta, more nutmeg and finally the rest of the cheese. Wrap and freeze. Defrost at room temperature for about 8 hrs. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Bake for 40-45 mins, until the dish is piping hot and golden.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2011

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jaysterhowl's picture

This is really tasty, but not so quick if you make the sauces from scratch! That said, it does freeze well so you can get several meals from one batch. I found that I had to break the sausages up a lot more that it appears in the picture or they don't go very far and the dish ends up as mainly sauce.

juicyjones's picture

far to much pasta!made my own sauces, added smokey bacon we all loved it :)

emilycox85's picture
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I made this last night, it was so easy and quick to make even though I made the sauces from scratch, definitely would make this again

sarahlina88's picture
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Great comfort food! I added some grated carrot while cooking the sausages, and some balsamic vinegar after adding the passata and it was delicious! Will definitely be making again

vezzacc's picture
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Yummy made it for my mom and dad. I used half Cheddar and half parmesan cheese. I would make it again especially if ur cooking for a crowd.

jeremy1971's picture
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I didn't use the egg either but still found this very tasty. Made my own tomato sauce and cheese sauce as don't like to use shop bought ones. Will make this again for sure

ida1985's picture
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I forgot to use the egg... I think if I did it again I'd use cheddar. All round a very good recipe, that I'll do again. Could easily be doubled to feed a crowd.

bethocallaghan's picture
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Very good, also used cheddar instead of parmesan and also didn't used the egg as wasn't sure where it was supposed to come in.

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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This tasted really good even though I left the sausages out and served them separately as I was cooking for vegetarians too. I made it with the tomato sauce in the bottom of the dish and layered up as per the recipe. I used only 200g of spinach but this seemed enough. I also made my own cheese sauce and used Cheddar instead of Parmesan. It didn't mention what to do with the egg so I mixed it up with the last bit of Cheddar and poured over the top before putting into the oven. Very good end result.

Tiffany1983's picture
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I made this tonight and thought it was tasty and filling. I only used about 150g of spinach though, I've no idea how you would get 400g in there! I cooked it after making it, so didn't freeze it and baked it for about 25mins. I used cheddar rather than parmesan, and also when cooking the sausages I added some red wine which gave them a nice flavour. It mentions glazing with an egg but I didn't bother with that. It is a huge dish will keep us going for a few days!

irenemorrill's picture

I hate recipes that use ready made stuff, really it means they take twice as long as stated!!!

louise6074's picture
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Great winter comfort food, loved it.

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