CATALAN BUTIFARRA SAUSAGE PASTA WITH CHESTNUTS (Serves 3)
1 tbsp olive oil, split into 3 tsp
half a butternut squash (the thin end is best)
2 banana shallots, finely chopped
200ml warm water and 300ml warm water
1 pack of 6 Quiet Waters Farm Catalan Butifarra sausages, skinned and broken into small pieces
5 chestnut mushrooms
1 tsp vegetable stock base
250g pasta (spirali is good)
2 tbsp basil and pine nut pesto
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
parmesan cheese, for grating
sea salt and black pepper.
1. Pre-heat the oven to 220degC/425degF/Gas 7.
2. Cut and peel the butternut squash, then slice into small bite sized cubes. Put one tsp of olive oil into a bowl with the butternut pieces, add a touch of seasoning and stir until the pieces are all coated in the seasoned oil.
3. Tip the butternut pieces out onto a baking tray and roast for 20-25 minutes.
4. Fill a large saucepan two-thirds full with water, add a pinch of salt and place on to boil.
5. In a large frying pan, add the last two tsp of olive oil and the finely chopped shallots. Do not add any salt, as between the butternut and the sausages, you already have a fair amount of salt there. Sweat the shallots down for 5-10 minutes or so, if you find the pan is a little dry, add 100ml of warm water to add a little steam which will hurry them along a bit, without the threat of excessive colour.
6. Once the shallots are softened, but not coloured, add the broken sausage pieces. Increase the heat to keep the pan going, otherwise the cold sausage pieces will reduce the heat in the pan and everything will just boil instead of fry.
7. Once the sausage pieces have started to colour, add the mushrooms to cook alongside. Cook everything until the sausage pieces have changed colour and are just cooked through.
8. Once the water in the saucepan has boiled, add the pasta and cook to manufacturer's instructions.
9. Back to the sausages. Add 300ml of warm water and the vegetable stock base. Stir to combine and cover the pan. Reduce the heat and simmer for as long as it takes for the pasta to cook, then remove the lid and stir. If the contents are particularly wet, leave the lid off to evaporate some of the liquid while you deal with the pasta. If there is just enough liquid to form a glossy sauce, replace the lid - you're ready to go.
10. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it well and add the pesto. Stir through.
11. Serve the pasta into warmed bowls, then add the sausage mixture on top. Then sprinkle on a tsp of chopped parsley and grate a little parmesan over the top.
12. Sit, eat and enjoy.