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 any given are approximate.
Choosing good pasta
The Garofalo pasta is made in a different way to regular pasta. It is made using high protein wheat and then formed through a bronze die to give the pasta a rough surface.
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.
This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!
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Spicy Sausage Pasta Bake Recipe – Unofficial Slimming World sausage pasta
- Prep Time: 10 Minutes
- Cook Time: 40 Minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 4 Portions 1x
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
3 Cloves Garlic (crushed)
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.
Top with remainder of grated cheese and place into the oven at 200°c, 100°f or Gas 6 for 20 minutes or until the top is golden and cheese nicely melted.
Loved the addition of spice to this pasta bake. Sausages are a massive part of our diet, so this was a novel way of using them 🙂
How did I not know that there’s a vegetarian sausage? I’m not a huge fan of red meat so I rarely even try regular sausage but it makes pasta taste so good. I’m going to have to try this recipe out for dinner.
I am pasta lover and the recipe looks easy for me. I love making pasta at home I will try this recipe for sure. Thanks for sharing the recip
I love discovering new pasta dishes! OMG yum! This looks so delicious and it looks very flavorful! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing
Wow! This is a new discovery to me. I would definitely make this one day. Thanks for the recipe!
Yes i do love pasta but you took it to the next level!!! This looks sooo delicious and would love to try it, yummmm…
I love your pasta recipes! I also love the shape of that pasta. I haven’t seen it before (aside from, of course, huge lasagne noodles). I’ll have to check my grocery stores for it!
I love pasta. I would like this recipe but meatfree for me please!
The recipe looks very easy for me, I might try that this weekend. I love pasta, I can have it any time of the day. 🙂
I love that you suggested to make this vegan. I would make this vegan as I have dairy allergies.
I love this type of Garofalo pasta and the sauce is really the best way to taste them!
Yum, this looks so delicious! I love making pasta, and this one looks incredible. I’ll be trying this for dinner!
We love our pasta meals here as well. This recipe looks very delicious. I will have to try making this for my family.
Oh yum, that looks so good! Thanks for sharing, will definitely have to try this recipe out!
I’m a pasta addict and I love the sound of this recipe. I’ll definitely be making it. I’m a WW member so it’s good for me too. Thank you.
That’s very interesting pasta but this sounds like such a nice pasta bake x
It looks amazing! I have no idea how the SW points system works, I can only think in calories but it looks worth the cals to me. I think quorn sausages always work great in this type of dish, I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks so. 🙂
Ooh I like the addition of the Chipotle flakes, that is something I need to try on my pasta bakes as I like a little kick of heat x