Chunky sausage & tomato pasta

Chunky sausage & tomato pasta

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
Jazz up sausages with this spicy tomato pasta

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal655
  • fat16g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs103g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre5g
  • protein24g
  • salt1g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 4 thick pork sausage, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • 200ml medium white wine
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 500g pack rigatoni or penne
  • handful basil leaves, torn, (optional)
  • Parmesan, to serve



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


  1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based pan (preferably not non-stick) and add the sausages. Fry for about 8 mins until golden and cooked through. Tip in the garlic and fry for 1 min. Pour in the white wine and boil until it has reduced by half.

  2. Stir in the tomato purée and tomatoes, and season to taste. Simmer for 15 mins until the sauce is rich and thick.

  3. While the sauce cooks, boil the pasta according to pack instructions and drain. Stir in the basil if using, and cooked pasta into the sauce, then serve in bowls with grated or shaved Parmesan.

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Comments (151)

mtp1905's picture

Cooked this a few days ago and followed the recipe. I would agree to use an extra tin of tomatoes and maybe half teaspoon of sugar. That said it's a great comfort food standby to put together something filling and tasty. Next time I think i will substitute about 100g pasta with veg for a lighter option. I have three of Jo Pratt's books and her food is really good. Her book "in the mood for entertaining' has never failed me:)

booboodazzler's picture

This is delicious - I used Sainsbury's Sicilian sausages and a splash of apple juice instead of opening a whole bottle of wine. I also chucked in some mushrooms for the last 15 mins - lovely.

lizleicester's picture

This is so easy. It's nothing special but it's a good start when you really can't be bothered... Keep adding ingredients if you want something more tasty to eat...

dwatson27's picture

Haven't made this for ages but cooked it again tonight using sausage from the local butcher. Baked the sausages in the oven first, fried the garlic (2 big cloves) then added the chopped up cooked sausages. Followed recipe but added a good pinch of chilli flakes and seasoning to taste. So simple and very filling. Basil and Parmesan to taste at the end. Lovely simple meal! Serve with pasta.
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Adam Ryan's picture

I used white wine, as the recipe suggests, rather than red as other cooks have recommended. I also added a second can of chopped tomatoes, together with a little paprika and a pinch of chilli flakes as recommended by others. It was rich, flavoursome and very satisfying. I would make it again.

nummeny's picture

Fantastic, simple recipe that the whole family loved!

SamP mum of 3's picture

Great simple midweek meal for all the family.

fairystoryteller's picture

I skinned the sausages first and cut the chunks quite small. Added hot smoked paprika and didn't use basil. Delicious and went down well as a hearty supper after the rugby. Plan to make a double quantity and freeze the sauce for a fuss free meal over the Christmas break.

lewisboy's picture

Absolutely delicious. Enjoyed by all (including 4yr old) Used red wine instead of white, as recommended on other comments. Will definitely make again - tasty yet quick

lizleicester's picture

Good, straight forward tasty meal. Served ours with spaghetti because that's what was in the cupboard...

Samuella_uk's picture

I decided for the first time I would actually follow a recipe...but unfortunately this recipe did need some improvisation as it was a bit boring.
Its a good base idea, but I think red wine is far better for a red/ tomato sauce, so I decided to add this after I followed the recipe- probably about 1 small glass.
I also found it was quite vinegary- this may have been my poor quality tinned tomatoes or the poor quality white wine, but to balance it out I added a fair bit of salt and pepper and a teaspoon of sugar. I also added some cayenne pepper and paprika and some sundried tomatoes. In total the sauce simmered for about 30 mins and I ended up with a really nice thick and rich tasting sauce.
I also added some broccoli with the pasta to add a bit of colour.

lizleicester's picture

Really basic sauce but still tasty and easy to vary by adding chillis, changing sausages or popping in extra veg.

karengordon's picture

i made this for dinner and it as very nice. usually i can't get my son to eat sausages but he loved this dish. I will be cooking this one again

FamilyH's picture

This is a tasty, quick and easy pasta that went down well with everyone. I made it without the parmesan, so it wasn't as nice as it could have been. But for a no-fuss-to-make dish, it is one of my favourites!

ashlie's picture

Cooked this the other day and absolutely loved it! Like others, I added some paprika and chilli flakes, but other than that kept everything the same. Gorgeous! Have cooked the sauce on its own and frozen in batches to use as a pasta sauce when I fancy it. Give it a try :)

kathrynv's picture

This was okay - it almost tasted like a base sauce. I think, as others have said, if I were to make it again, I would add some chilli and, perhaps, some fennel and I would use red wine instead of white, as it was a bit acidic (although that may have been the wine I used!). My kids loved it though.

lemoore's picture

Yummy! All the family enjoyed this one. Very easy - a midweek winner.

Lu27's picture

This was a really nice recipe. Used 6 sausages and a chorizo, also added some peppers, a chilli and some fresh tomatoes as needed using up. The sauce was delicious, will definately make again.

jeanius's picture

Absolutely delicious. We did, however, double the sausages and halve the pasta. This is a keeper.


Questions (2)

sosman1983's picture

Is the calorie count per serving or for the whole recipe? I.e. If we are having the ingredients because there are just two of us do we half the calories? Thanks

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi sosman1983 the calorie count is per serving so if you were serving this recipe between 2 people you would be getting double the calories. All our recipe are calculated per serving unless otherwise stated. Hope this helps. 

Tips (1)

Eles22's picture

I am muslim so I used veggie sausages and used vegetable stock as a substitute for wine. I also used fresh chopped chilli when I added the garlic for a kick. I added about 5 sun dried tomatoes chopped to give an extra texture. And used dried oregano instead of fresh basil as I didn't have any. Although I tweaked the recepie quite a bit, it tasted great and was a hit with my husband and three year old.