Instant meatballs with penne pasta

Instant meatballs with penne pasta

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(33 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins Ready in 25 minutes


Serves 2
Meatballs are always a surefire winner for family meals - made with sausages in this recipe for something different

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled


  • kcal964
  • fat53g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs88g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre7g
  • protein39g
  • salt3.14g
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  • 200g penne pasta



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

  • 3 fat sausage
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g bag spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • 3 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 50g Parmesan, grated



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


  1. Cook the pasta according to pack instructions. Meanwhile, squeeze the sausages from their skins, then roughly break the meat into 12 pieces. Roll into balls.

  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the sausage balls, then cook over a medium heat until golden, about 5 mins. Pile the spinach on top of the sausage balls and cook, stirring frequently, for 2-3 mins until completely wilted. Season with a little salt and plenty of ground black pepper, then toss in the toasted pine nuts.

  3. Add the drained pasta to the sausages and spinach, then toss well, adding half the parmesan. Serve spooned into individual serving bowls with the rest of the parmesan scattered on top.

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Comments (39)

angelapeligno's picture

Top tip - add fennel seeds to the sausage meat and this is extra delicious

alihow's picture

Delicious! I thought it might be a bit dry so added a jar of tomato & basil pasta sauce. Also added some mushrooms and fried some breadcrumbs and garlic in a little olive oil to sprinkle on top with the toasted pine nuts - very popular meal!

florence100's picture

Great, easy recipe! Will try adding some pesto, as suggested above next time I make this,

duderoo's picture

Forgot to mention we add 3 tbs of pesto.

duderoo's picture

Fantastic quick midweek meal we really like. I am not sure about the kcals though? Seems a lot for what it is.

jeffieflower's picture

I added mushrooms and garlic and a dash of worcestershire sauce and left out the nuts. Good quick dish for the family.

nicole011270's picture

This is an absolute winner and my youngest daughters favourite - get the best sausages you can afford.

duderoo's picture

Great recipe, I added three tspn of red pesto to the recipe and was excellent can't wait to make again.

stuart68's picture

Excellent quick and easy recipe used chorizo sausage instead and doubled the recipe.

thespophile's picture

This is my standard pot luck recipe. Always disappears very quickly. I always use spicy Italian sausage and play with pine nuts, sun dried tomatoes, etc.

jamiel90's picture

Look like really nice dish! but would modify it by adding a pasta suace maybe looks a little dry possibley boring :S, Making it this week hopefully adding a tomato pasta sauce.

Will leave a coment and tell you how it whent! :)

ladderman1947's picture

we are going to try this recipe it sounds great

princessjasmine's picture

I made the meatballs from scratch a day before with mince and left in the fridge to set. Fried them then cooked the pasta separately. I left the pine nuts out altogether and was please with the result. Nice dish!

rhianosborne's picture

I added 200g of mushrooms and some crushed garlic in with the sausage meat. I also stirred in some creme fraiche - YUM!

julieps's picture

i used butcher sausages leek and herb,very tasty. i also added garlic and half a red onion and medley of mushrooms,skinning the sausages takes time. towards the end of cooking time i added some sun dried tomatoes. i would recommend this tasty dish to my friends. really enjoy BBC Good Food recipes. thank you.

rjcameron2005's picture

Rather tasty, very quick and easy to make. Perfect week night dinner.

clarejames's picture

great... i also have used the idea of the sausage meatballs with spaghetti and a basic tomato/basil/onion and garlic sauce for the kids and they wolf it down every time...

katiebutler's picture

very nice but remember to wash the spinach!!

mitchadair's picture

I've made variations of this (to avoid any fatty sauces...). I particularly like a combination of a spicy sausage with broccoli rabe.

siuling's picture

Good but wasn't a 'wow!' recipe. I used three different types of sausages to give it extra flavour. I also added some button mushrooms.


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