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Clodagh's spicy sausage pasta bake

Clodagh has a winner of a recipe today - it’s a sausage pasta bake with a delicious crumb with oozing mozzarella, and the best part is it’s all made in the one dish, AND it will cost you under £5 to feed four!

Spicy sausage pasta bake

Serves 4


2 tbsp of olive oil 

1 onion, diced 

3 cloves of garlic, crushed 

8 fresh Italian sausages, cut into small 1-inch pieces 

1 x tin of tomatoes 

1 tbsp of tomato puree  

2 tsp of dried oregano, thyme, mint, rosemary or fresh basil

1 tsp chilli flakes 

500g rigatoni, fusilli, penne or other bite sized pasta, cooked 

80g butter, melted 

80g parmesan, cheddar or any other hard cheese 

100g fresh breadcrumbs 

4 tbsp of fresh ricotta cheese or 2 fresh mozzarella 

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/180 Fan/gas 6.

2. Place an ovenproof casserole dish or saucepan over a low heat and add one tablespoon of olive oil, stir in the onions – cover and leave to cook for one minute, then add the garlic, and cook for a further minute. Stir in the fresh sausages – and cook until the sausages are golden in colour, about 5 minutes. 

3. Pour in the tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, herbs, and chilli flakes – season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir well and leave it to cook for 5 minutes. 

4. Stir in the cooked pasta to the sausage and tomato sauce and mix well. If using a saucepan, tip it all into a baking / roasting dish.

5. Mix the breadcrumb with the melted butter and grated parmesan cheese. Spoon the breadcrumb mixture on top of the pasta to create a thin layer. 

6. If you are adding fresh ricotta or mozzarella, then make little pockets in the pasta bake and spoon the soft cheese in. 

7. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes or until the top is golden.

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