Feed a crowd with this all-in-one brunch dish with homemade baked beans, chipolatas, bacon and fried eggs
- 12 chipolatas
- 200g pack smoked dry-cured bacon lardons
- 4 tbsp sunflower oil
- 680g bottle passata
- 1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika
- 3 tbsp tomato purée
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 100g brown sauce
- 3 x 400g cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 6 eggs
- piles of hot buttered toast, to serve
MethodToss the chipolatas, bacon lardons and 1 tbsp of the oil together in a large roasting tin. Roast for 20-30 mins until everything is turning brown and crisp – you may want to tip off any liquid and stir it halfway. Use a fish slice to scrape up any stuck bits.
- 150ml olive oil
- 2 large onions, finely diced
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 100g fresh breadcrumb
- 50ml milk
- 500g quality beef mince
- 500g Italian sausage (about 8), meat squeezed from the skins
- good handful chopped parsley
- 200ml red wine
- 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
- 500g pack macaroni
- 50g butter
- 50g plain flour
- 600ml milk
- 100g grated tasty cheese, such as mature cheddar or Gruyere
- Make the white sauce. Melt the butter in a medium pan, then stir in the flour. Keeping the heat high, whisk in the milk and bring to the boil, whisking until smooth and thickened. Season with a good pinch of salt and some pepper, then stir in most of the grated cheese and set aside, with the surface covered with cling film to stop if forming a skin.
- Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based casserole or frying pan, then add the onions and garlic and a real good grind of black pepper and salt. Cook slowly and gently until the onions are soft but not coloured. Take half the mix out and mix with the breadcrumbs and milk in a large bowl. Using a slotted spoon, lift the rest of the onions out of the pan, leaving the oil behind, and set aside.
- Mix the mince and sausagemeat, chopped parsley and lots of salt and pepper into the breadcrumbs. Mix really well with your hands until the whole thing becomes pasty rather than lumpy. Shape into the size of ping-pong balls, then heat the pan again and brown the Simply serve with a fresh green salad balls in batches in the leftover onion oil. Remove the final batch, then return the reserved onions to the pan with the wine. Bubble over a high heat, scraping the bottom of the pan, then stir in the tomatoes and meatballs. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 mins. Can be made up to 2 days ahead or frozen.
- Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and boil the macaroni according to pack instructions. Drain well, then mix with the meatball sauce. Tip into the largest ovenproof dish you have. Top with the white sauce (warm it a bit if it is slightly solid), then scatter with the remaining cheese. Bake for 35-40 mins until bubbling and golden.
- Prepare the bread mix following pack instructions. While the dough rises, make the filling. Skin the sausages and roll the meat into small meatballs, about 6-8 per sausage. Heat a large deep frying pan and brown the sausages. You may need to do this in batches. Once they’re all brown, return them to the pan and pour in the beans. Mix to combine, then allow to cool a little while you roll the dough.
- Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Grease 2 or 3 large, flat baking sheets. Divide the dough into 12 and roll out each one to a circle, roughly 17cm in diameter – and keep the remaining balls of dough covered with oiled cling film or a damp tea towel.
- Taking each circle in turn, fill with a scoop of the bean mix and a little of the grated cheese. Fold in half, pressing well to seal. Crimp the edges then transfer to an oiled baking tray. Keep covered with oiled cling film while you make the rest. Brush with a little beaten egg and cook for 15-20 mins until puffed up and golden.
- Remove and allow to cool slightly on a wire rack. Eat warm or at room temperature. If you would like to freeze the pasties, completely cool and freeze in a single layer on a flat tray covered well. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag and seal well.
- 6 good-quality pork sausages (about 400g), skinned
- 680g jar passata with garlic and herbs
- 1 tbsp oregano, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
- 500g pack pasta shapes
- 400g pack spinach
- 2 x 350g tubs ready-made cheese sauce (use a full-fat one if freezing)
- freshly grated nutmeg
- 100g Parmesan, grated
- 1 egg, beaten, to glaze
- Heat a large frying pan and brown the sausages, using a wooden spoon to break up the meat. Pour off any fat from the pan, stir in the passata, bring to the boil, then add the oregano and season. Simmer for 10 mins.
- Cook the pasta for 2 mins less than the pack says, reserve some cooking water, then drain, cool under cold water and drain again. Meanwhile, pour a kettle of boiling water over the spinach in a colander to wilt, then squeeze out all the water. Mix the pasta with the cheese sauce and some of the reserved water, to loosen. Season.
- In a large dish, add the meat sauce, then the spinach, some nutmeg and seasoning. Next, add a third of the Parmesan, the cheesy pasta, more nutmeg and finally the rest of the cheese. Wrap and freeze. Defrost at room temperature for about 8 hrs. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Bake for 40-45 mins, until the dish is piping hot and golden.