I must admit, I am normally not the biggest fan of pasta bake, but this one is awesome. Here is my recipe for the classic. Full of spinach, veggie sausages, red wine, tomatoes and cheese, it is a nice hearty winter tea. And not too complicated either.
You will need – 100g pasta, 1 tin of tomatoes, olive oil, 1/4 bottle dry red wine, 1 onion,4 veggie sausages, 25g grated cheese, 50g spinach, mixed herbs, an ovenproof dish, a frying pan and a large pan.
First of all preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Fill your large pan with boiling water and cook your pasta (I say 12 minutes). Once it is done, drain and pop back into the pan. While the pasta is cooking away, dice your onion and fry on a low heat for about 3 minutes in some olive oil. Chop your sausages into pieces and add them to the frying onions. After the sausages are starting to brown add your tin of tomatoes and a big pinch of mixed herbs and stir, if you have fresh basil this is also really nice added.
Then add your wine and the spinach – add the spinach gradually as it will wilt and give you more room in the pan. Leave this simmering for another 5 minutes and then add to the pan full of pasta and stir everything together. Once this is done, pour it into your oven proof dish, cover with grated cheese and pop in the oven for twenty minutes.
And it’s that simple! If you eat meat then feel free to use normal sausages. I think this is a really lovely tea, with cheap ingredients and lots of healthy goodness.
Love Mrs Gardom