Meal Inspiration Monday- Sausage and Spinach Pasta Bake

Pasta bake is something which we love in this house.  Jess is well and truly a pasta fiend it is one of her favourite foods.  Pasta bake is something which is so simple to make and something the whole family can consume. There are so many different ways you can make a pasta bake something which we make is sausage and spinach.  This is a recipe which I again found on Pinterest because I was looking for something different.  Using this is a good way to get Jess to eat some of the greens because this can be a pain in young children.  I also like hiding veg because it does mean that Joe eats it. He would avoid fruit and veg if he could, to be honest.

Ingredients – Serves 6 to 8

250g Ricotta

250g Creme Fraiche

1 Egg

250g Parmesan Cheese

Salt and Pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 chopped medium onion

2 thinly sliced garlic cloves

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh oregano

450g Sausage

2 tins chopped tomatoes

450g Pasta

180g Spinach

300g mozzarella thinly sliced

Method

 

  1. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, creme fraiche, egg and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and black pepper and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion and cook until softened, about 4 minutes.

3.  Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, and oregano and cook for 2 minutes more.

4. Add the sausage and cook until browned, breaking up the meat with the back of a wooden spoon.

5. Put the tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Season to taste and cook until the sauce has thickened, about 20 minutes.

6. Preheat the oven to 200c

7. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook for 4 minutes, short of al dente according to the package directions.

8.  Save 125ml pasta water

9.  Place spinach in a medium bowl and pour over pasta water to wilt the spinach. Drain and set aside once wilted.

10. Remove the sauce from the heat then stir half of the sauce into the ricotta mixture.

11. Add the pasta and spinach and toss together to coat.

12. Pour the pasta into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish and top with the remaining sauce.

13. Sprinkle the mozzarella and remaining Parmesan over the top and bake until the cheese starts bubbling about 20 minutes.

 

As you can see this is a super easy to make and of course you can leave it when in the oven.  You could switch up the sausage and make it with anything you wanted.  For sure this is a recipe which we have loved and Jess managed to eat it all demanding more. I think this is one which I will be making again it is an easy way to get sausage and spinach consumed. If for some reason we have any of these items left again I make this in a blink of an eye for sure.

 

Have you ever had sausage and spinach pasta bake?

 

Charlotte xxx

 

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