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Sausage and courgette pasta bake recipe

Sausage and courgette pasta bake recipe

124 ratings

This sausage and courgette pasta bake is hearty, comforting and perfect for a midweek dinner See method

  • Serves 4
  • 30 mins to prepare and 25 mins to cook
  • 896 calories / serving
  • Freezable


  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 8 pork sausages
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 courgette, grated
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 350g penne
  • 10g fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 150g lighter Cheddar, grated
  • 6 tbsp golden breadcrumbs

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Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    32g 46%
  • Saturates

    12g 61%
  • Sugars

    23g 25%
  • Salt

    2.5g 42%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 115.5g Protein 41.1g Fibre 11.3g


  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a deep frying pan over a medium-high heat and pinch the sausages from their skins into the pan to make small sausagemeat nuggets. Fry, stirring frequently, for 6-8 mins until golden brown.
  2. Add the onion and carrot to the pan and fry for 5-6 mins until softened. Add a splash of water, then stir in the garlic, courgette and tomato purée. Fry for 2-3 mins for the courgette to dry out a little. Tip in the chopped tomatoes, then fill the tin with water and add that too; season. Simmer for 10-15 mins until the sauce has thickened.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to boil and cook the pasta for 8 mins; drain well. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C.
  4. Stir the drained pasta into the sauce, along with most of the parsley, and mix well. Tip into a baking dish about 20 x 30cm (make sure it’s freezer-safe if you’re planning to freeze the whole dish). Scatter with the Cheddar and breadcrumbs, drizzle over ½ tbsp oil, then bake for 15-20 mins until golden and bubbling. Scatter with the remaining parsley to serve.

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Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. Always defrost and heat thoroughly before eating. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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