RECIPES | Family Favourite: Sausage or Chorizo Pasta Bake
This is my go-to recipe for an easy yet tasty family meal that takes about 20 minutes from starting to chop to sitting down at the table with a large glass of red in hand. A home-cooked nutritious dinner the whole family can enjoy.
What You Need
Sausages – I use high 12 quality pork sausages from my local butcher and this feeds my whole family – 2 x adults and 3 x children with a little to spare.
If you have no sausages in but have a chorizo ring, then slice your chorizo into 5mm approx slices.
2 x red onions finely chopped
2 x garlic cloves crushed
1 – 2 x tins of tomatoes (depending on how many sausages, for 12 sausages, I would use 1 ½ tins, for 8 or less, I would use 1 tin)
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Pinch of sugar
Cheese (parmesan / cheddar or mozzarella or a mixture)
300-500g of dried Pasta. I always make far too much, but then I love having leftovers for the next day. Cook whatever suits your family and what will fit in your serving dish – I use Penne or Fusilli.
How to Create Sausage or Chorizo Heaven
Heat a dollop of extra virgin olive oil in a large frying pan. If using sausages, slice the skins off your sausages and chop them into small balls. Tip 1: The smaller they are, the more the kids think they’re getting, so don’t go too big with the balls!
Chuck your sausage balls into the hot pan and keep them moving around in the pan until cooked through and golden on the outside.
If using chorizo, the same applies – get them in a pan and sizzling away gently whilst you crack on with the onions and garlic.
Finely slice your red onions and garlic cloves. Heat another large dollop of olive oil in a separate large frying pan and fry off your onions and garlic until your onions are soft. Careful not to burn your garlic.
Add in your tinned tomatoes and stir through.
Season well with salt and pepper and then add a tiny pinch of sugar. Add a handful of fresh basil leaves, stir and leave the tomato sauce to bubble gently for 5-10 minutes.
Once your sausages or chorizo are ready, turn off the heat. When your tomato sauce has reduced a little, add in your sausage balls and stir through. Let it all bubble gently whilst you get your pasta cooked.
Once your pasta is ready add your pasta to your tomato sauce and stir through. Put all your pasta, sausage / chorizo and tomatoes into a large dish and sprinkle with cheese. Melt under a warm grill for 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
Serve with salad and garlic bread.
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