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Sausage Pasta Bake

Sausage Fest

So I’ve been living a bit outside my comfort zone where it comes to food in recent weeks. Last week I decided to do a pasta bake for the first time. Following on from the success of that one, I opted to do another last night.

The sausage pasta bake.

For the ingredients: 5 decent sausages ( mine were with onion to begin with ), 1 onion, 1 large carrot, 1 tin of tomatoes, 1 stock cube, 200grammes of spinnach, pasta and 1 glass of wine (and 1 for yourself). Cheese (emmental) grated . For the white sauce 30g of butter, 300ml of milk and 50g of flour. All ingredients are approximate.

Chop your onion rather fine and get it browning nicely on the pan. Take the sausage meat out of the skin of the sausages. You could just buy sausage meat as well from your local butcher if you want I guess. There’s generally a pack of sausages in the fridge here though so you make do.

Chop up the sausage meat into small thumb size or smaller pieces and get it browning on the pan as well.

Around about now throw some spinach into a boil to cook. I will nearly always use frozen as it’s one of the things we’ll always have in our freezer.

Get your penne pasta on ( The tube ones )

Go back to your onion / sausage mix and grate a carrot into it. Add the stock cube and mix in some water and throw in your tomatoes. Add in a glass of wine if you have one handy. Let it bubble away for a bit and season. I mixed in some parsley and a herb de province mix.

Now you’ll want to start on your white sauce. Quantities are really going to vary and I tend to wing it by ear these days. 300ml of milk give or take … a lump of butter …and get that almost bubbling away … throw in some flour, whisk to remove and lumps and start to thicken it up slightly.

Once your spinach and your pasta are cooked … drain and mix together. Place half the mixture into an oven dish. Layer in your tomato sauce and flatten it out. Sprinkle in some grated cheese of your choice. My choice is¬†emmental.¬† I proceeded to mix the remaining pasta / spinach mix and the white sauce and layer this in on top. Did I mention you’ll probably want a deep enough oven dish.

Finally sprinkle some more cheese on top. It’s around this stage that I thought to myself, hang on this is almost a lasagne. Place in the oven for 20 or so minutes at 200C until it looks golden brown on top. Take it out and leave for 5 minutes to cook down a bit before eating. Serve.

Hopefully you’ll have the same reaction as there was in our house, with little people saying “C’est tres bon papa!” and second and third helpings being asked for.

Lack of photos due to the camera batteries dying!

Ciabatta with Basil Tomatoe and Onion

Ciabatta with Basil, Tomatoe and Onion

This is one of those quick and easy recipes that I love so much. It does however contain a large amount of butter so be warned.
I don’t generally have Ciabatta handy so I’m making do with a half a Baguette.

  1. Melt a good chunk of butter on a frying pan.
  2. Chop your shallots (or Red onion will do too .. normal onions I find require a good bit more cooking to get rid of any harshness). You want them fairly fine.
  3. Place shallots into the melted butter. Add some water so help prevent the butter drying too much. Reduce heat and let it bubble away
  4. Chop your tomatoes (I used 3 medium) again the smaller the better here you’re going to be spreading this on your bread. Add to the onion mixture. Add more butter if required (you want the mixture to be moist as it’s going to be spread all over your bread. Add some fresh basil if you have some. (Again I used a frozen basil mix that gives a really fresh taste)
  5. Spread your mixture over your baguette which you’ve split down the center (I like to keep it stuck together) Grate some emmental cheese on top and add some freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  6. Grill for 5 – 10 minutes (until the cheese is nicely melted on top) keeping an eye so it doesn’t burn

Enjoy :)