Italian sausage macaroni bake

    1 hour 20 min

    I'm always trying out new things in the kitchen and looking out for new inspiration! I love my food and I love throwing together new meals to feed seven children and a hungry husband. Hope you have a go at this as it's a real pleaser in my house! I serve with a lightly dressed green salad but you could always serve smaller portions and do some homemade garlic ciabatta. Enjoy!


    Shropshire, England, UK
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    Serves: 8 

    • 6 cloves garlic
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 3 medium onions, roughly chopped
    • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
    • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
    • 500g beef mince
    • 6 Italian sausages, skins removed
    • 500g macaroni
    • 2 chicken stock cubes
    • 2 (400g) tins chopped tomatoes
    • 2 tablespoons mixed herbs
    • 1 teaspoon celery salt
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 balls mozzarella cheese
    • 200g soft garlic cheese (such as Rondele®)
    • 60g grated Grana Padano cheese
    • small sprinkle oregano
    • 500ml hot water

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Place garlic cloves into a blender and blitz to a smooth paste (I never bother to peel the garlic). Meanwhile, warm the olive oil in a large pan on a medium heat.
    2. Fry the onion and garlic paste for a few minutes. Be careful not to colour them-just cook until translucent. Add the tomato puree and paprika, fry for 1 minute, stirring, then add the mince and sausages and cook and stir until browned.
    3. Place a large pan of salted water on a high heat and cook the macaroni according to the packet instructions, until tender with a bite at the centre. Drain and set aside.
    4. Dissolve the stock cubes in 500ml boiling water. Add the tins of tomatoes, mixed herbs, celery salt, stock and season with salt and pepper. Simmer gently for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    5. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    6. Divide the cooked macaroni between two large baking dishes and then divide the meat mixture; stir thoroughly. Tear up the mozzarella into thin strips and distribute evenly on the top of each dish, then do the same with the soft garlic cheese wheel, sprinkle some Grana Padano cheese. Finally, sprinkle with the oregano.
    7. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is a golden brown, about 30 minutes.


    I serve with a lightly dressed green salad but you could alway serve smaller portions and do some homemade garlic ciabbata. Enjoy!

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