Friday, November 20, 2009

Jade: Bitemysausage..hehehe

We would all like to think we lead fairly healthy lifestyles..we buy low fat yoghurt, attempt to go to the gym at least once a year...and really, strawberry jam should count towards our 5 a day. Perhaps I should speak for myself, but after all that effort to be healthy, sometimes all I want, no, crave is something so sinful and so artery clogging it would make Elvis' toes curl. Alas...I'm a vain I settle..for something marginally healthier than a heart attack waiting to happen...and equally yummy ;)

Sausage Pasta Bake

6 sausages, sliced into chunks [use meatballs or even diced eggplant and courgettes]
1 onion, sliced thinly
3 fat cloves garlic, chopped
1 small can chopped tomatoes
Dried thyme
Red wine
2 tbsp onion jam
150g penne
As much cheese as you want..wahaha ~I used an assortment of cheddar, gloucestershire and brie..random bits I had leftover
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees
2. Fry sausages till golden brown and slightly crisp. You don't really need oil..the sausages are pretty fatty as is.
3. Add the onions and garlic to the sausages and stir over low-medium heat until onions are soft and slightly caramelized
4. Add mushrooms, thyme and chopped tomatoes, simmer on medium heat
5. Add red wine, a few generous splashes should do, and the onion jam and leave to simmer till thick
6. In the meantime, cook the pasta and reserve some of the liquid, just in case you want to thin the sauce a little
7. Add the drained pasta to the sauce, toss well, pour into an oven safe dish and smother with cheese
8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is deliciously bubbly and gooey......pick up a fork and dig worth the 2 extra hours on the treadmill ;)

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