Instant meatballs with penne pasta

Instant meatballs with penne pasta

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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)

callumclarke's picture

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!!!!!!

karina_ams's picture

yummie! good idea to use sausages for the meatballs. That makes it so much quicker to prepare!

rustyripple1's picture

The pinenuts add a really interesting taste to this dish-sustantial,filling and calorific-great for a hungry mob.

petethecoach's picture

wonderful meal for when you are in a hurry for something to look good on your plate

stanton's picture

Brilliant with Sainsbury's pancetta & parmesan sauasage plus chestnut mushrooms and dried chilli flakes. I also use spaghetti rather than penne. This is my boyfriend's new favourite dinner!

fimble's picture

Lovely recipe got the kids to make the meat balls and they really enjoyed it.

vickimars's picture

Lovely recipe! I add sundried tomato pesto to my verision in order to give it a bit more oomph.

echarber's picture

Quick and easy. Perfect for the novice!

nseaby's picture

Very tasty recipe! Quick and easy to make too! Added tin of chopped tomatoes so it was not too dry.

annie0176's picture

Not a bad basic recipe - but better if jazzed up with other ingredients - more vegetables such as peppers, mushrooms etc, and make sure the sausages have a good strong flavour, or add chorizo - almost like inventing another recipe yourself really!

crocked's picture

I made it for Sunday lunch ,but changed the penne to whole wheat. would make it again!

gerrado's picture

absolutely awesome!
I have it with chestnut mushrooms, more spinach and I use M&S Chorizo sausages and corriander which add extra flavour to the mushrooms.
And Garlic Ciabatta to serve ;]

laura-darnley's picture

A quick and easy recipe to follow. This has become a favourite in our house!

blossom79's picture

A great quick and easy recipe I followed someone else's suggestion and add some sun dried tomatoes it was gorgeous :-)

stevo10's picture

I added a bit of creme friache so it wasn't too dry. An easy and very tasty meal.

gemmyjam's picture

I changed this slightly by making my own meatballs & added some olive oil to the dish once cooked along with the parmesan it went down a treat AA++

cocochanel's picture

Not keen on pine nuts, so I used a couple of chopped sun dried tomatoes in olive oil and I used frozen spinach, which worked well, delicious!

theflat's picture

Easy and tasty. I added some chestnut mushrooms to the recipe.

jowebster's picture

This is a great recipe for all the family, my kids loved the meatballs made out of sausages. I added some veggies to bulk it out a bit and get the 5 veg portion in. Very versatile and easy recipe


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