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    Baked spaghetti pie with chorizo and tomato

    It’s worth mastering the art of making a classic white sauce. It’s a useful skill and can be used in all sorts of dishes. 

    • Preparation time: 30 minutes
    • Cooking time: 40 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

    Serves: 8


    300g essential Waitrose spaghetti
    190g Waitrose Cooks’ Ingredients cooking chorizo, quartered
    250g essential Waitrose cherry tomatoes, halved
    1 garlic clove, finely chopped
    25g pack flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
    50g essential Waitrose parmigiano reggiano, grated


    568ml essential Waitrose whole milk
    1 garlic clove, crushed
    1 dried bay leaf
    2 thyme sprigs (optional)
    ½ essential Waitrose onion
    70g essential Waitrose unsalted butter
    40g essential Waitrose plain flour


    1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C, gas mark 6. Start by preparing the milk for the white sauce. Put the milk, garlic, herbs and onion in a small pan and simmer for 10 minutes to infuse the flavours. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti according to pack instructions, then drain, reserving a cupful of the cooking liquid.

    2. Strain the milk into a large jug and wipe the pan out. Melt the butter over a medium heat and, when foaming, add the flour, whisking constantly. Slowly pour the milk into the pan, whisking continuously to avoid any lumps. Simmer for 3-5 minutes to cook out the flour. Season and set aside.

    3. Fry the chorizo for 2-3 minutes in a large frying pan, then add the tomatoes and garlic and fry for another minute, until the tomatoes soften. Add the pasta to the pan along with 4 tbsp of the cooking liquid and ½ the parsley; toss everything together.

    4. Tip into a large, deep baking dish, spoon over the white sauce and sprinkle with the parmigiano reggiano. Bake for 15-20 minutes, then sprinkle the remaining parsley over the top and serve, with a green salad, if liked.

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