Spicy cheat ball pasta bake

Spicy cheat ball pasta bake

There are days when you need to be able to put something delicious on the table without spending much time or effort.  While I love making my own meatballs, there’s some joy to be able to rustle this up when I’m feeling a little tried without resorting to a ready meal.

Ingredients for 2 servings

4 pork sausages
100g mushrooms
400g chopped tomatoes
1-2 chilli, sliced, seeds or no seeds up to you!
1 garlic clove
10g pesto
130g dried pasta
50g cheddar cheese, grated
salt and pepper

(Example ingredient amounts given, adjust accordingly to your requirements)

Method

  • Pre-heat your grill to it’s highest setting.
  • Cook your pasta according to the manufacturers instructions and in the time it takes to cook, your sauce will be ready!
  • Cut each sausage into 8 pieces and place a large frying pan onto the heat.
  • When the pan is warm add the sausage pieces to brown.
  • After a couple of minutes, roughly chop the mushrooms and add them to the pan with the garlic and chilli.
  • When the mushrooms have softened, add the chopped tomatoes to the pan and bring the pan to the boil with a lid on.
  • When the sauce is boiling, reduce it to a simmer until you’re left with a dry sauce – this should take only a few minutes.
  • Add the pesto to the sauce, mix thoroughly and taste to adjust the seasoning if needed.
  • Drain the pasta and add this to the sauce and thoroughly coat the pasta with the sauce before putting it into an oven proof dish.
  • Scatter the cheddar over the pasta and grill until golden brown.
  • How quick was that!

Notes

  • Use good quality pork sausages with a high meat content.
  • The cheddar I used was 30% reduced fat.
  • I used penne pasta, but any other shape like rigatoni would work just as well.
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