Instant meatballs with penne pasta

Instant meatballs with penne pasta

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

Easy

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

Nutrition:

  • kcal964
  • fat53g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs88g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre7g
  • protein39g
  • salt3.14g
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Ingredients

  • 200g penne pasta
    Pasta

    Pasta

    pah-stah

    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
    Spinach

    Spinach

    spin-atch

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

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

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

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

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.

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catie74
3rd Nov, 2016
Are the stated calories per serving correct?
angelapeligno
13th Jul, 2014
Top tip - add fennel seeds to the sausage meat and this is extra delicious
alihow
6th Sep, 2013
5.05
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
4th May, 2012
5.05
Great, easy recipe! Will try adding some pesto, as suggested above next time I make this,
duderoo
5th Apr, 2012
4.05
Forgot to mention we add 3 tbs of pesto.
duderoo
2nd Apr, 2012
4.05
Fantastic quick midweek meal we really like. I am not sure about the kcals though? Seems a lot for what it is.
jeffieflower
4th Jan, 2012
4.05
I added mushrooms and garlic and a dash of worcestershire sauce and left out the nuts. Good quick dish for the family.
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nicole011270
22nd Aug, 2011
5.05
This is an absolute winner and my youngest daughters favourite - get the best sausages you can afford.
duderoo
11th Jan, 2011
4.05
Great recipe, I added three tspn of red pesto to the recipe and was excellent can't wait to make again.
stuart68
10th Nov, 2010
Excellent quick and easy recipe used chorizo sausage instead and doubled the recipe.

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