Cheap and Easy Sausage Pasta Bake
There’s a chance I’ve already said this before but, I hate cooking. It’s not something I’m particularly good at and it’s not something I enjoy. Eating – great. Making the food – not so much.
So my recipe collection comprises quick and easy, no fuss recipes which can be bulk cooked. Recipes that don’t have too many ingredients or complicated steps. And of course, they have to be cheap.
This recipe is perfect for this time of year – it’s filling, it’s hearty and it tastes like it should be double the calories it actually is. Perfect comfort food for dark and cold winter nights.
There’s no fancy ingredients and if you want to make it a little more exciting you can add some chilli to the tomato mix or do what I did and use spicy sausages. But it tastes just as good with normal sausages and what’s even better is it’s only 512 calories a portion.
If you are watching your calorie intake you could make it even lighter and ditch the cheese altogether as the white sauce browns nicely on it’s own. But I love cheese. And a pasta bake to me isn’t a pasta bake if it doesn’t have a generous topping of cheddar.
Every ingredient I used in this recipe was from Asda and was the cheapest item available, except the Chipolatas which were £3 a pack. The total cost for this dish was £4.62 making it just 92p a serving for 5 good sized portions.
You could stretch it into 6 and serve with a side salad or garlic bread to make it go further as the portions are quite generous.
I like to make this in a large rectangular ovenproof dish but any medium/large ovenproof dish will do.
It’s not as simple as some of my other ‘bung into a pot’ recipes as it requires a bit of prep. But it’s by no means difficult.
Anyway, let me know what you think if you try it. And let me know of any adjustments you made to the recipe to spice it up a little.
Cheap and Easy Sausage Pasta Bake Recipe
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 12 chipolatas (or 8 thick sausages) cut into chunks
- 500 ml milk
- 70 g cheese
- 400 g pasta
- 1 tin chopped tomatoes (400g)
- 300 ml vegetable stock
- 50 g butter
- 50 g plain flour
- salt & pepper to season
Heat a large frying pan over a medium-high heat
Add the oil
Preheat the oven to 180c
Meanwhile, in another pan of boiling water, cook the pasta per the instructions
Add the onions and a pinch of salt to the frying pan, cook until soft (4-5 minutes)
Add the garlic, cook for a further 2 minutes
Add the sausage chunks and fry until lightly browned
Add the chopped tomatoes and stock and season with salt & pepper
Lower the heat and gently simmer for 10 minutes
While the sausage and tomato mix is simmering, make the white sauce
Melt the butter in a saucepan
Add the flour (a bit at a time) and cook for 2-3 minutes
Slowly add the milk, mixing as you go to avoid lumps
Season with salt & pepper
Cook for 5 minutes (or until thickened) and remove from the heat
Once the pasta is cooked, drain and add to the sausage mix
Then pour into a large ovenproof dish/tray
Pour the white sauce over the top
Add the cheese
Bake for 15/20 minutes or until golden