Rigatoni sausage bake

Rigatoni sausage bake

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(149 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins - 50 mins

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Serves 6

A great way to get kids to eat spinach, this comforting sausage supper dish is also perfect for a hungry crowd

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal749
  • fat33g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs84g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre5g
  • protein31g
  • salt2.32g
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  • 400g good quality pork sausage
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 large carrot, grated



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 150ml red wine
  • 300ml vegetable stock
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée

For the sauce

  • 50g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 50g plain flour
  • 600ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • freshly grated nutmeg



    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

  • 500g rigatoni or penne
  • 200g fresh spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • 140g mature cheddar, grated



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…


  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.

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24th Oct, 2012
21st Oct, 2012
This recipe is absolutely delicious! Great comfort food x 1000. The combination of flavours of the sausage, red wine and tomato is magical. A must for any pasta bake fan!!!
19th Oct, 2012
Regular favorite, I use half ordinary sausages and half choritzo sausages and 2 chopped galic cloves with the onions. Yummy and makes loads so us 2 have it the next day too.
9th Oct, 2012
I absolutely love this recipe and so does my family and will continue to make this, recommend this to anyone!
22nd Aug, 2012
This is super delicious and really easy to make. A firm favourite for our weekly meal plan!
24th Jul, 2012
Forgot to rate!
24th Jul, 2012
The absolute favourite pasta recipe in my house - delicious. My boyfriend would happily eat this about 3 times a week. I use nice peppery cumberland sausages and crush in a couple of gloves of garlic. Yum.
9th Jul, 2012
saved time by using 2 pkts white sauce mix and used italian style sausages for some extra spice !
5th Jul, 2012
Whenever I offer to cook for my family they always request this! Easy peasy to make - if you can't be bothered making bechemel from scratch just use a shop bought one - works just as well. I also like to use flavoured sausages to spice things up a little - normally something with chilli or our fave is a Sicilian sausage - you'll find that most supermarkets have flavoured sausages like this in their Taste the Difference/Finest, etc ranges. Yum!
25th Jun, 2012
This meal is superb - easy to cook and perfect to cook extra for lunch for a quick supper later in the week. It is rich and creamy and really perfect comfort food at any time of year!


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