Instant meatballs with penne pasta

Instant meatballs with penne pasta

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Cooking time

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

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 2

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

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily doubled
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
964
protein
39g
carbs
88g
fat
53g
saturates
16g
fibre
7g
sugar
8g
salt
3.14g

Ingredients

  • 200g penne pasta
  • 3 fat sausages
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g bag spinach
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 50g parmesan, grated

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2006

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

duderoo's picture
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Forgot to mention we add 3 tbs of pesto.

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

duderoo's picture
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

callumclarke's picture
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Lovely simple recipe, did take other peoples advice and added some creme fraiche and sun dried tomatoes! All the family enjoyed, give it a go!!!!!!

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