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Monday, 21 January 2013


On Sunday nights my children get to choose what we eat for dinner and yesterday we had a unanimous show of hands for this sausage, leek and pasta bake. For some reason neither of them will eat onions, managing to find the smallest piece in any dish and leaving them dotted round the edge of their plates.  Leeks on the other hand do not seem to bother them.  Of course leeks have a much milder flavour than onions and tend to be a bit softer if cooked well.  Leeks are also a good source of Vitamins A, C and K so I am more than happy that they eat them.  I like to have a nice crisp, green salad with this meal to lighten it a bit but haven't yet managed to get the kids to agree to that one. 

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Yield: 4 - 6
  • 250 g Penne pasta tubes
  • 50 g butter
  • 50 g flour
  • 600 ml milk
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • 400g Cumberland sausages
  • 1 leek washed and sliced thinly
  • 0.5 tsp smoked paprika
  • 60 g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 25 g fresh breadcrumbs
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 160 deg C.
  2. Boil pasta in plenty of salted water according to manufacturers instructions.
  3. Drain and toss with a little oil. Set to one side.
  4. To make the sauce - Melt the butter and stir in the flour.
  5. Remove from the heat and gradually stir in the milk.
  6. Return to the heat and stir continuously until thickened. Whisk in the mustard and season to taste.
  7. For the meat and leek mixture - Heat the olive oil and lightly fry the sliced leeks until soft.
  8. Remove the skins from the sausages and break up each sausage into small chunks.
  9. Add to the leeks and fry until cooked with some nice colour.
  10. Deglaze the pan with a splash of white wine or water.
  11. Add the sausage mixture to the pasta and mix well.
  12. Place into a baking dish.
  13. Pour the white sauce over the pasta and sausage mixture, mixing well.
  14. Mix breadcrumbs,  grated cheese and paprika together and sprinkle over the top of the pasta.
  15. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
Written by : Angela Darroch       

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At 21 January 2013 at 10:37 , Blogger Jean said...

Delicious, exactly my kind of food, especially at this time of year.

At 21 January 2013 at 10:54 , Blogger My Golden Pear said...

Thanks Jean - it is good in small doses.

At 21 January 2013 at 20:43 , Anonymous Mich Piece of Cake said...

Oh wow, your kids like leeks, that is great! Am sure it tastes delicious with the sausages.

At 22 January 2013 at 03:01 , Blogger Angie's Recipes said...

You have me crave baked pasta! And I love leeks!

At 22 January 2013 at 18:26 , Anonymous Suzanne Perazzini said...

Children are unpredictable in their likes and dislikes and it's best to go with the flow so that food doesn't become a battleground, which sets them up to have problems relating to food later in life. Leeks are good food and add a lot to a variety of dishes.

At 23 January 2013 at 14:46 , Blogger Zoe said...

I'm a fan of leek but not my husband and son... but they can quite silly and wouldn't detect any presence of leek if they are eating your delicious baked pasta dish :D

At 23 January 2013 at 23:12 , Blogger Guillermo said...

It's good for children to eat vegetables. Congratulations
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At 24 January 2013 at 13:38 , Blogger My Golden Pear said...

I can't say I ever crave this dish but it is very comforting to eat.

At 24 January 2013 at 13:39 , Blogger My Golden Pear said...

It sounds good but they eat very little veg only fruit.

At 24 January 2013 at 13:41 , Blogger My Golden Pear said...

It is a constant battle that we parents are faced with but as you say, I don't want to force feed.

At 24 January 2013 at 13:43 , Blogger My Golden Pear said...

Oh dear - I'm sure they would spot the leeks.

At 24 January 2013 at 13:44 , Blogger My Golden Pear said...

Thank you for the lovely comment and hop you enjoy the future posts.


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