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BTEC cooking skills

By Lewis, Stan, Ryan, James, Beth and Mason

Recently we have been completing our BTEC cooking qualification. For our independent assessments we decided to each cook a pasta dish and an apple crumble. We think that out dishes turned out great. We have included photos of some of our dishes so that you can see how good they look.

We have also included the recipe in this post so that you can try cooking it too!


Spicy Sausage Pasta Bake

Ingredients(For 2 people)

4 chipolata sausages

½ onion

1 clove garlic

100g fusilli (or penne /farfalle pasta)

200g tinned chopped tomatoes

Salt and pepper

¼ tsp chilli powder

30g cheddar cheese



1.    Turn on the oven to 180. Put the sausages onto a baking tin and cook in the oven for 20 minutes. When cooked put aside to cool.

2.   Weigh the pasta in a bowl.

3.   Put some water on to boil, add salt and when boiling add the pasta and cook for 10 minutes.

4.   Peel the onion and chop it finely.

5.   Peel and chop the garlic finely.

6.   Weigh out the chopped tomatoes into a small bowl.

7.   Grate the cheese onto a plate.

8.   When the pasta is cooked, drain it and put into back into the bowl you weighed it in.

9.   Add some oil to the saucepan and cook the onions for a few minutes until soft then add the garlic.

10.Add the tinned tomatoes and stir well. Add the chilli powder and season with salt and pepper. Mix well.

11.  Add the drained pasta to the tomato sauce.

12.  Chop the sausages into small pieces and add to the tomato sauce and mix well.

13.  Spoon the mixture into an ovenproof dish and sprinkle the grated cheese on the top.

14.Put the ovenproof dish onto a baking tray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the topping is lightly browned.


Apple crumble



For the crumble topping:

45g plain flour

¼ tsp cinnamon

40g soft brown sugar

10g porridge oats

25g cold butter


For the filling:

2 eating apples

1 bramley cooking apple

¼  tsp cinnamon

25g demerera sugar





Pre-heat the oven to 170 


Prepare the topping:

1)   Weigh the plain flour into a mixing bowl.

2)   Add the cinnamon, soft brown sugar and oats.

3)   Add the butter to the flour mix.

4)   Using a knife, chop the butter into small pieces and then use your 

finger-tips to rub the butter in, until it resembles breadcrumbs.


Prepare the filling:

1)            Mix together the demerera sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.

2)            Peel the apples and cut them into quarters and remove the core.

3)            Slice each quarter thinly.

4)            Mix the sliced bramley and eating apples together.

5)            Half fill the ovenproof dish with the apples and sprinkle with half of the sugar mix.

6)            Fill the other half of the dish with the apples and then sprinkle with the last of the sugar.

7)            Sprinkle the crumble topping onto the fruit and spread out evenly.

8)            Put the baking dish onto a baking tray.

9)            Bake in the oven for approx. 25 minutes until golden brown and the fruit feels soft when a knife is put into the middle.

Blue Skies Staff