Sweet Potato and Sausage Gratin

Adding a béchamel sauce takes this gratin over the top!

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Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Serves: 8


  • 1 pkg Italpasta Tradizionale Fusilli (340 g)
  • 2 tbsp Italpasta Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cup Sweet Potato, peeled, chopped
  • 4 Spicy Italian Sausages
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup Aged White Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Bread Crumbs
  • 3 tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Béchamel Sauce

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup Onion, finely minced
  • 3 tbsp All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 cup Milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 pinch Nutmeg, freshly ground


  • In saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook onion for 5 to 7 minutes or until soft and lightly golden. Sprinkle in flour; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until smooth. Slowly whisk in milk until smooth; bring to boil, stirring constantly. Cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  • Preheat oven to 375° (190°C). Grease glass baking dish; set aside.
  • Place sweet potato in saucepan; pour in enough water to cover and bring to boil. Cook for about 15 minutes or until sweet potato is fork-tender; drain. Meanwhile, cook fusilli according to package directions; drain. In large skillet, heat 1/2 of the olive oil; cook sausages for 3 minutes per side or until browned. Transfer sausages to cutting board; slice into 1/4-inch (5 mm) slices diagonally. Drain fat from skillet; return sausages to skillet along with pasta and sweet potato. Add Béchamel Sauce, half of the Parmesan, and Cheddar; stir to combine. Transfer to prepared baking dish.
  • In separate bowl, combine bread crumbs, parsley, garlic and remaining Parmesan and olive oil; sprinkle over pasta. Cover and bake for 15 minutes; remove cover and bake for 3 to 5 minutes or until top is golden brown and crisp.

Nutritional Analysis

Calories: 490kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 820mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g