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

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

echarber's picture
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Quick and easy. Perfect for the novice!

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

annie0176's picture
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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
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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
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A quick and easy recipe to follow. This has become a favourite in our house!

blossom79's picture
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A great quick and easy recipe I followed someone else's suggestion and add some sun dried tomatoes it was gorgeous :-)

stevo10's picture
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I added a bit of creme friache so it wasn't too dry. An easy and very tasty meal.

gemmyjam's picture
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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
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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
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Easy and tasty. I added some chestnut mushrooms to the recipe.

jowebster's picture
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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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