This Sausage Pasta Bake is such a creamy, cheesy bowl of deliciousness, you’ll never believe it’s diet friendly!

Sausage Pasta Bake - This super simple and quick pasta dish tastes like it should be full of calories, but it really isn't. Perfect for a midweek dinner. | thehecticcook.com

I’m such a cliche. It’s the new year and I’ve joined a diet club. This is not a new thing. I’m back at Slimming World having joined and rejoined on at least a half dozen occasions. But I’m determined this time. This time I’m going to stick with it. Really. No, really. So at the moment, meals in the HC household are of the healthier persuasion. Well, ok, I’m still feeding the kids macaroni cheese and cheese & bean pastry pie on a fairly regular schedule. But generally we’re eating stuff that can be made SW friendly like spaghetti carbonara (yes really) and pork chow mien.

Sausage Pasta Bake - This super simple and quick pasta dish tastes like it should be full of calories, but it really isn't. Perfect for a midweek dinner. | thehecticcook.com

To make this process a little more interesting, I’ve also discovered a couple of really good food blogs that are dedicated to Slimming World recipes. One of which is Two Chubby Cubs. Their site is full of really good recipes that not only sound tasty, but are tasty. They’re also bloody hysterical. As long as you’ve got a sense of humour and aren’t easily offended, I’d highly recommend checking them out, if only for the witty repartee. This recipe for Sausage Pasta Bake is a take on their One Pot Sausage Gnocchi Bake. I like gnocchi, but it’s easier for me to substitute it with pasta so the kids will eat it.

Now, if you’re at all familiar with the Slimming World diet, you’ll most likely have heard of Quark. It’s hailed somewhat like a food from the gods. I never quite got it. Until I added it to a pasta sauce. It gives a creaminess you’d get from adding cream cheese, but without the raised eyebrows at SW class. It’s added in this recipe, but if you’re not fussed about the calories, just use cream cheese.

Sausage Pasta Bake - This super simple and quick pasta dish tastes like it should be full of calories, but it really isn't. Perfect for a midweek dinner. | thehecticcook.com

The sausages are your call. If you’re trying to be healthy, there are plenty of fat-reduced sausages on the market. Personally I’ve found I like Porky Lights (again, if you know anything about SW, you’ll know what a cliche that is). But use whatever sausage you like. I’ve also made this recipe with tuna and chicken, so you can be even more saintly.

This pasta bake has become a staple now in our house. It stays inline with my effort to shift the second belly, and the kids like it. If I’m ever going to succeed in cutting the flab, I need meals like this, that the whole family can eat. But even if you’re born with a metabolism faster than Usain Bolt and couldn’t give two hoots about eating healthier (I hate you, I really do), this is a really tasty dish that is well worth a go, especially for a midweek quick and simple dinner.

Diet Friendly Sausage Pasta Bake

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Diet Friendly Sausage Pasta Bake

This super simple and quick pasta dish tastes like it should be full of calories, but it really isn't. Perfect for a midweek dinner.

Ingredients

  • 6 sausages, skins removed (low fat, or full fat, your choice)
  • oil (either spray oil, or 2 tsp olive oil)
  • 320g - 400g pasta (depending on how hungry you are - this serves 4)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh/frozen basil (I use the frozen kind, it's a world apart from dried and worth buying)
  • 75g Quark or cream cheese
  • 80g grated cheese (I used cheddar here, but a mozzarella/cheddar mix is really better)

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water for as long as it needs to be cooked to your liking (I like mine pretty well done, there's absolutely no Italian in me).
  2. Drain and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile add the oil to a saucepan/frying pan.
  4. Remove the sausage meat from its casing and add to your pan over a medium heat. Break it up as it cooks (I've discovered a potato masher works really well for this - who knew?!).
  5. Stir the sausage meat whilst it cooks, then once it's pretty much cooked through, add the garlic and cook for a minute.
  6. Add the tomatoes and basil, plus plenty of salt and pepper (don't be scared to over season your cooking), stir and let simmer for about 5 minutes (usually enough time for the pasta to finish cooking).
  7. Add the quark/cream cheese to the sauce and stir through.
  8. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and stir through.
  9. Pour the pasta into a dish (suitable for putting under the grill) and top with the grated cheese.
  10. Grill until bubbling and golden.
  11. Serve straight away.
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Sausage Pasta Bake - This super simple and quick pasta dish tastes like it should be full of calories, but it really isn't. Perfect for a midweek dinner. | thehecticcook.com

Hopefully this will appeal to most folk, whether you need to lose some poundage or are just looking for a tasty midweek supper. Give it a go this week for dinner. I promise you won’t be disappointed 🙂

Happy cooking!

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