Saucy sausage pasta

Saucy sausage pasta

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(94 ratings)

Ready in 20-30 minutes


Serves 4
Tomato, onion and garlic pasta sauce with sausage chunks for a bit of substance - brilliant for students (and as a hangover cure)

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal645
  • fat30g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs74g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre5g
  • protein24g
  • salt2.77g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • packet of 8 pork sausages (the best your budget will allow) cut into chunky pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 300g short pasta such as fusilli or farfalle (just over half a 500g bag)



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…


  1. Put a large pan of water on to boil. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the sausage chunks on a fairly high heat until they are golden brown all over. Now turn the heat down and add the onion and garlic, cooking them until they have softened.

  2. Stir in the chilli powder and tomatoes with the sausages, bring the sauce to the boil then turn the heat down and let it bubble for about 10 minutes while you cook the pasta.

  3. Drop the pasta into the pan of boiling water and cook according to the pack instructions. Drain the pasta, then tip it into the frying pan with the sausage sauce, mixing well to coat. Dish up immediately with crusty bread.

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Comments (133)

lynne82's picture

Kids loved it! Used red onion, penne pasta, easy on the chilli, and some frozen spinach. Asked to have it tomorrow too!

ameliapink00's picture

After noting the comments, I tweeted the recipe and added more chilli, cream cheese, mixed herbs, tomato sauce, sugar, peas to add bit of colour. It was a hit! Nice and spicy. Will definitely make again. Cheap to make.

Philipdawnay's picture

Not great. Missing something. I think some cream added to the sauce would make it nicer. I would also add a teaspoon of sugar to counteract the chili. I would also opt for chorizo sausage which would also reduce the cooking time. Hope this helps

vicksfizzy's picture

This is so simple - and utterly, utterly delicious. I'm just sorry that I had to share the whole pan with the rest of the family as I genuinely think I could have eaten the entire meal in one sitting! Can't recommend enough and will be making this as often as the rest of the family will allow. Add some green veggies on the side and away you go.

bigdave17051990's picture

Have been making this for years since university, always a winner. 5/5

TheTeenBaker3's picture

I always make this and its perfect every time :) 5 out of 5

chromatopelma's picture

This is such a cheap and easy meal. I was surprised at how tasty it was! Definitely a great weeknight dish when you're short of time but still want something hearty.

Bexter91's picture

Fab easy recipe! I made a few tweeks (added mushrooms and more chilli powder, used penne pasta) and reduced the sauce from the tomatos right down so its a sticky sauce smothering all the lovely pasta! Id suggest adding salt and pepper during the cooking too as can taste like its missing something ... Very impressed overall!

wombat301's picture

Had no idea what to cook tonight and found this recipe. It was perfect, quick and easy to make, tasted great and most importantly met with approval from my teenage son. Will definitely make this one again.

Mrshardingsdinners's picture

Was expecting to find this a bit dull but had sausages to use up and needed something that would please whole family. It was delicious! My tweaks - added some Parma ham (needed using up), at the end is stirred in some cream cheese, then served up the kids portions, before adding some spinach and a bit of chilli powder to ours. Really lovely and everyone wants it again next week :)

amiacat82's picture

This was easy to make and my fussy other half loved it! I added in some cream cheese and broccoli which was delicious.

FamilyH's picture

I made this a while ago now, but was very nice. Was worried chilli powder would taste too spicy, but it gives a lovely kick. So easy and made the exact right amount. No leftovers, so must mean everyone else thought it was delicious too!

becks1977's picture

Made this tonight, very tasty and easy. Good week night meal and leftovers for tomorrow.

beckys86's picture

I cooked my pasta in with the sausages and sauce to save on washing up so increased the cooking time to 20 mins. It was tasty, cheap and easy :)

Ashley Copeman's picture

Was wonderful, I added a whole medium chilli instead of chilli powder, it gave it a nice kick!

kecsilsby's picture

Loved this, I added tomato puree and philadelphia which make it lush. I also added fresh rosemary but felt that it added an odd flavor to which my husband stated 'only use basil in tomato based food'.

helsbelsjoe's picture

Made this tonight, really easy and the whole family loved it - added some cheese to sauce just before serving and a bit of fresh rosemary.

sainsburysbasics's picture

This is SO yummy! I had a few leftover sausages and needed a quick fix for lunch, I had everything in my cupboard and it took just 15minutes! FAB!
Thank youuuuuuuuu!

cynthiaellwood's picture

Absolutely delicious - has become a family favourite!

fairycakes69's picture

Become a family favourite. I also add chorizo and a teaspoon of chipotle chilli and smoked paprika paste, for extra kick.


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