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Squash, sausage and sage pasta bake recipe

Squash, sausage and sage pasta bake recipe

9 ratings

Combine seasonal squash with juicy pork sausages and fragrant sage for a creamy, indulgent pasta bake fit for a midweek meal. Top with Cheddar cheese and blitzed breadcrumbs for a crispy, golden finish. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 5 mins to prepare and 25 mins to cook
  • 980 calories / serving
  • Freezable

Ingredients

  • 8 sausages
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into 2cm chunks
  • 10 sage leaves, 3 whole, 7 chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 45g buttery spread
  • 3 tbsp plain flour​
  • 500ml milk
  • 125g mature Cheddar, grated
  • 400g penne
  • 2 slices wholemeal bread, torn
  • 250g cherry tomatoes, halved
If you don't have any butternut squash, try sweet potato

Each serving contains

  • Energy

    4125kj
    980kcal
    49%
  • Fat

    39g 56%
  • Saturates

    14g 71%
  • Sugars

    19g 21%
  • Salt

    2.2g 37%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 124.8g Protein 38.3g Fibre 11.2g

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Toss the sausages, squash and half the chopped sage in the oil on a large baking tray. Season and roast for 20-25 mins until the sausages are cooked through and the squash is tender.

  2. Meanwhile, melt the spread in a large pan over a medium heat. Stir in the four to make a thick paste and cook for 1 min. Slowly add the milk, stirring constantly to a smooth sauce. Simmer for 4-5 mins until thickened. Stir in 100g cheese and cook for 1 min until melted. Remove from the heat, cover and set aside.

  3. Cook the pasta to 2 mins less than pack instructions. Drain.

  4. Pulse the bread to crumbs in a food processor. Tip into a bowl; stir in the remaining chopped sage and cheese.

  5. Slice the sausages into 1cm-thick rounds. Tip into the sauce with the squash, pasta and tomatoes. Mix well; pour into a baking dish about 30 x 20cm. Scatter the breadcrumb mix over; nestle in the sage leaves. Bake for 10-15 mins until the cheese has melted and the topping is crisp.

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

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