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EASY SAUSAGE MACARONI
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Easy Sausage Macaroni

An easy sausage macaroni perfect for a weeknight dinner.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Pasta
Calories:
Author: Ashika | Gardening Foodie

Ingredients

  • 1 x 400g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x 400g pasta sauce I used the one with basil and olives in the mix
  • 1 x clove crushed garlic clove
  • ½ finely chopped onion
  • 1 x medium red or green bell pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chilli powder optional
  • ¼ teaspoon mixed dried herbs
  • about 8 basil leaves
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 sausages cooked and sliced I used vegetarian sausage, use any type you prefer
  • ½ cup grated cheese
  • 500 g macaroni boiled and drained
  • TO MAKE THE WHITE SAUCE OPTIONAL If you find the pasta sauce too tangy, you could stir in a bit of bechamel / white sauce into it. This adds a bit of creaminess and cuts out the tanginess of the canned tomato.
  • 250 ml milk
  • 2 Tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 2 Tablespoon all purpose / cake flour
  • ¼ cup grated cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon dried mixed herbs or finely chopped fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  • Boil macaroni according to package instructions.
  • As soon as the pasta has finished cooking, strain out the water but do not rinse.
  • While the macaroni is cooking ,Fry the onions and peppers on medium heat until softened. Add in crushed garlic and mixed herbs and cook for about 1 minute
  • Empty in the can of chopped tomatoes, bottled pasta sauce and add in the chilli powder if using.
  • Cook until slightly reduced, about 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes bottled pasta sauce has added salt , so taste first and adjust salt and pepper to your preference.
  • Add in the cooked and sliced sausages.
  • Stir in the strained macaroni, coating it well into the sauce. Garnish with grated cheese and basil leaves.
  • TO MAKE THE WHITE SAUCE IF USING IN MACARONI
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter or margarine. Add in mixed herbs or basil leaves and nutmeg if using.
  • Add flour and stir with a whisk until the butter and flour are well combined.
  • Pour in milk, stirring constantly as it thickens.Add more milk depending on desired consistency. Measure out salt and pepper to taste.
  • Stir in grated cheese until melted. Combine into the sausage macaroni if prefered.
  • Serve immediately. ( SEE NOTE 1)

Notes

NOTE 1
Pasta dishes are best served immediately after cooking otherwise it tends to dry up if served too long after cooking.