Sausage & broccoli carbonara

Sausage & broccoli carbonara

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
A spin on the Italian classic using sausage meatballs, spaghetti and greens - on the table in half an hour

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal634
  • fat29g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs60g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre8g
  • protein32g
  • salt1.8g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 8 chipolata, meat squeezed out and rolled into balls
  • 3 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 50g Parmesan, grated, plus extra to serve (optional)



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 300g spaghetti
  • 1 head broccoli, broken into small florets



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 2 garlic clove, crushed


  1. In a large pan, heat the oil and cook the sausageballs until golden, moving them around in the pan frequently. Meanwhile, mix together the eggs, cheese and some seasoning with a fork in a jug.

  2. Cook the pasta following pack instructions. Add the broccoli for the final 3 mins, then drain, reserving a cup of the cooking water.

  3. Add the garlic to the sausageballs and cook for a couple mins more, being careful the garlic doesn’t brown. Remove the pan from the heat.

  4. Add the pasta and broccoli to the sausage pan. Toss everything together, then add the egg mixture. Stir the sauce through the pasta for 1-2 mins. The heat from the pan will cook the sauce – if it is too thick, use a little of the reserved cooking water to thin it. Divide between pasta bowls and serve with extra Parmesan, if you like.

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Comments (17)

highnoon's picture

This isn't carbonara. It's sausage pasta. The creamy mess that is called carbonara isn't carbonara, so this is definitely not carbonara.

stephypixie's picture

Good recipe, was looking for something different to do with sausages and already had all the ingredients. I used frozen Broccoli instead of fresh. Made for one so used one garlic clove, one egg and about 20g of Parmesan. I love garlic so I would add more next time, and needs plenty of salt and pepper.

jule955's picture

I found it very good, but a bit dry. I'll add an extra egg next time, or maybe a bit of cream.

Justin L's picture

This is one of the worst recipes for carbonara I've seen. Carbonara without black pepper, is not carbonara. That's an essential ingredient.

fimanson's picture

In step 1 of the method it tells you to add seasoning to the sauce ingredients. I don't know about you Justin but in my book that means salt and black pepper!

adamchallice's picture

It was very delicious but I found it a bit too overwhelming on the garlic side for my taste.

lisa_stone's picture

Made it for the family last night who all said it was nice. I had a little taste but found it rather bland, but they all enjoyed it and would have it again. It was quick that is the main thing!!

jazzpafc's picture

Made this tonight for two, and as suggested by Frantic Flapjack, I still used 3 eggs and 50g of Parmesan and halved the other ingredients. I chose to steam the broccoli rather than add it to the pasta and this worked well. I personally found it a little bland so added more black pepper, but my boyfriend thought it was fine, so I guess it's just personal preference. Overall, a tasty quick and easy meal which is a great take on a classic.

cookieclicker's picture

Same here, I also cooked the broccoli separately but I used the microwave.

suebri53's picture

I have adapted this recipe and added more veggies, it is really delicious very tasty and can be adapted to every taste.

tonycooker's picture

Wow, really tasty

clairehughes079's picture

Good recipe. Kids love it. Have also tried swapping sausage for chicken and bacon which worked well. Haven,t had an issue with eggs scrambling.

krista101's picture

Try replacing sausage with Pork Fillet, may need a little extra seasoning depending on your personal taste.

Frantic Flapjack's picture

This was surprisingly good. I only made it for 2 people though but still used 3 eggs and 50g of parmesan but cut down on the pasta. The egg did start to look a bit scrambled though.

libby0's picture

My broccoli needed a little longer. I took the pans off the heat, but the instant I added the egg I made scrabbled egg :-/ . My egg-fried spaghetti didn't taste of much.

natregan's picture

Made this the other night - make sure you add enough parmesan or is a bit flavourless :-( .... think a few fresh herbs or some chilli would perfect it..... Nat x

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