I love pasta as I am sure you already know. I talk about it enough! With my newly found favourite brand, I decided to create you a new recipe. We often have sausages in the freezer and I rarely use them with pasta so set about creating a yummy spicy sausage pasta bake recipe.
This spicy sausage pasta bake recipe is sponsored by Garofalo Pasta who have compensated me for my time. The recipe is all my own.
Just Average Jen is an independent blog and in no way connected with any weight loss plan and no contributors have been trained by them or worked for them. It is the reader’s responsibility to check Slimming World syn values, WW points and any other allowances themselves as those given are approximate.
Choosing good pasta
This sounds rather unnecessary but actually, it gives the sauce more area to stick to so adds more flavour to the pasta. I didn’t believe it would taste any different until I tried it and was pleasantly surprised. Have you tried it yet?
How I designed the spicy sausage pasta bake recipe
I like spicy foods, but not too spicy, I like sausages and I love pasta. Rarely do I see recipes that combine the three, however.
This spicy sausage pasta bake recipe was amazing and I must say I surprised myself with how good it is. I have made it with Quorn sausages for myself as I am a vegetarian and meat sausages for Stuart. Both appeared to work well. Check this post for all the best sausages and both meat and vegetarian to keep you on plan!
The recipe can be made vegan by using suitable sausages and using vegan alternative cheese. The cheese in my eyes really makes the dish perfect so make sure you go for one that melts nicely! Some pasta contains eggs so of course check that out too.
If you are eating healthily you may have difficulty in finding lunches for work. This is just one of many amazing Slimming World lunch ideas I have found as it reheats so easily so do check out my other recipes for more ideas.
If you take lunch then you are so much less likely to buy food which inevitably will be less healthy. Taking a variety of food throughout the week to work keeps your lunchtimes interesting and stops you from getting bored.
Even if, like me, you work alone at home it can make such a difference having your food already prepared for you. Why not give it a go and make sure you build a variety of lunches into your weekly meal plan.
Why Garofalo pasta for the spicy sausage pasta bake?
In a recent post, I asked about your favourite pasta shapes and types of sauces. Tomato-based sauces were popular as were a variety of different shapes.
Many of you are also pasta lovers so I am sharing this pasta shape with you as I love it. It is Mafalda Corta and not something I have seen before.
Not only does it look nice but it tastes extremely good too. The pasta sauce attaches itself well to the pasta giving an all-round great flavour.
In this recipe you could use another pasta shape, this is just my preference. It could actually be made as a lasagne too. I might give that a try someday.
You can buy Garofalo pasta on Amazon and Ocado. Do let me know if you make this spicy sausage pasta bake with this pasta and how you find it. Do you have a favourite pasta brand?
Why choose this pasta bake for weight loss
This is a tasty full of flavour recipe for weight loss because it is filling and full of vegetables so nutritious.
If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan this is a great recipe to try. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.
Why you need vegetables to lose weight
Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, don’t they? They are healthy and filling for very few calories!
The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density. Basically, we are talking about the healthier vegetables – potatoes don’t count but butternut squash is much healthier for example!
This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and obviously, 100g of anything would fill you up significantly. On the other hand, 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!
Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.
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A tasty spicy sausage pasta bake that all the family will love!
300 grams Garofalo Mafalda Corta Pasta or other pasta if you prefer
2 Red peppers (deseeded and diced)
2 Red Onions (diced)
1 Courgette (diced)
400 grams Can of Chopped Tomatoes
3 tbsp Tomato Puree
1 tsp Chipotle Chilli Flakes
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp Oregano
1 tbsp Mixed Herbs
160 grams 50% less fat cheddar cheese grated
Cook sausages in oven according to packet instructions. When cooked leave the oven on for the pasta bake.
Meanwhile cook the pasta according to packet instructions being careful not to over cook. Once cooked strain and immediately rinse with cold water to stop it from continuing cooking in the residual heat.
Place all other ingredients excluding the cheese into a large rectangular oven proof dish and mix well.
Add 100g of grated cheese and the pasta to the dish and mix again well.
Cut the sausages into slices and mix into the dish until all mixture is combined well.
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