TWO POT “ONE POT” SMOKED SAUSAGE PASTA MEAL (FOR FAMILIES)
Like pasta based meals, but TIRED of using upwards of one pan? SICK to the eye teeth of soiling colanders unnecessarily??
Well… shit. I just might have the thing for you.
ONE POT SMOKED SAUSAGE PASTA MEAL
This delicious, though somewhat stodgy dish, will only require the use of one fairly large pan. Like one of those big spaghetti bastards. Those ones.
It might want a thick based pasta bake style dish an’ all. Just in case.
- 200 g of Fusilli style dried pasta. If you don’t have Fusilli, just chuck in the shell shaped stuff. Or the tube ones. DON’T use fresh pasta, or the magic won’t work.
- 25o g of sliced smoked sausage… But you can add any pre-cooked sausage you like. WARNING: If it’s not pre-cooked, you and your children will almost certainly die.
- 200 g of passata – which is almost but not quite tinned tomatoes. Or failing that, just a decent splurge of tomato puree.
- 250 g of chopped mushrooms.
- 1 whole onion, the fatter the better, thinly sliced. You can dice it if you want… I don’t care. It’s your dinner.
- 2 cloves of chopped garlic, or a tea spoon of the pre-chopped shit (in vinegar).
- 1 teaspoon of salt. Rock salt, if you’re middle class enough.
- 1 teaspoon – or thereabouts – of black pepper.
- 750 ml of water (tap or well – provided it’s been purified).
- Parsley if you’ve got it. Oregano or any green shit if not.
- 1 x fistful of mild cheddar.
- Pre-heat one of your fan assisted ovens to 200 degrees centigrade, in case this needs to become a pasta bake.
- Chuck everything – APART from the cheese – into the pan, in roughly the order shown above.
- Turn the hob on. Medium should do it.
- Set a timer for around 15 minutes
- Put a lid on the pan until it boils up a bit; then remove the lid once it does.
- Stir occasionally, to combine the elements, and separate the clag from the bottom of the pan.
- At around the 10 minute mark, begin to worry that the pasta isn’t softening up. Continue to stir.
- Become concerned that the mix looks a bit too watery.
- Allow the timer to go off, have a poke at the Fusilli – perhaps even taste one.
- Give it another 4 or 5 minutes.
- Once you’re happy that the pasta is within shooting distance of edible, remove the pan from the heat. Or just turn the hob off.
- Pour your now surprisingly brown pasta and sausage stew into the baking dish thing.
- Hurl some of that cheddar on top of it, in a roughly equal fashion.
- Place the pasta bake meal into the now pre-heated oven, and leave it for about 8 minutes.
- Spoon onto and amount of dishes suitable for feeding your family. For instance, four plates.
- Serve immediately.
And there you have it! It might look like brown slop, but it tastes fine.
Chef’s tip: For additional flourish, why not sprinkle some green shit on top?
Your children’s reaction to this meal may range from:
- Suspicious consumption of the sausage slices; to
- Outright rejection
Spousal reaction may be more favourable, with perhaps some questioning as to whether or not “gravy’s gone into this?”
I’ve lifted that recipe out of ‘One-pot pasta‘ – by Sabrina Fauda-Rôle (hardie grant books)… Yeah, I know.
So there you have it. A recipe.