Quick sausage Bolognese

Quick sausage Bolognese

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(36 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Pasta, sauce, and sausages, what could be a better combination? The sausage meat adds great flavour to a simple dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal657
  • fat30g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs75g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre5g
  • protein27g
  • salt2.98g
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  • 6 good-quality sausage, skins removed
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
    Fennel seeds

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • 250g pack mushroom, sliced



    The mushroom is a fungus which comes in a wide range of varieties that belong to two distinct…

  • 150ml red wine (optional)
  • 660g jar tomato pasta sauce (we used Loyd Grossman’s tomato & chilli)
  • 300g penne
  • grated or shaved Parmesan, to serve



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


  1. Heat a large, wide frying pan, then crumble in the sausage meat and fennel seeds (there’s no need to add any oil). Fry for a few mins until golden and the fat is released, stirring well to break up the meat. Add the mushrooms and fry for a few mins until beginning to soften. Stir in the wine now, if using, bubble for 1 min, then add the tomato sauce and heat through until bubbling.

  2. Meanwhile, boil the penne. When ready, drain and tip into the sauce. Mix well until completely coated, then divide between four plates, finishing with a little Parmesan.

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Comments (46)

chvallen's picture

I altered this by chucking in chopped garlic and onions at the mushroom stage and allowing to soften, then using a can of plum tomatoes with some chopped large fresh tomatoes and chopped fresh basil instead of the jarred sauce. A splash of red wine vinegar and worchester sauce at the end also worked well. :)

mcfarde's picture

Great storecupboard/freezer recipe - used up an old red pepper as not enough mushrooms in the fridge and used Seeds of Change sauce - as that's what I had handy !

sazzyk66's picture

I love this and make it regularly, I think the fennel really makes it special and I think sausages with caramelised red onions really add to it. The only negative comment i would make is that I find the Lloyd Grossman sauce overly salty and so intend to try altenatives. Any suggestions?

falklands4wildlife's picture

I made this using chorizo sausage which are full of flavour and have a kick to them. I also made my own tomato onion mushroom garlic and basil sauce then added a few dried chillies. I always add a little sugar and butter to the sauce to bring out the flavour of the tomatoes. Delicious!!!

clionaf's picture

Just made it again and wanted to say that the type of sausage makes a big difference. The last time I used homemade-style herb sausages and this time I used cheapie/normal sausages. It was still tasty, but it was much better the first time with the good-quality sausages!

clionaf's picture

Loved this - the fennel seeds really made the dish I thought. I used pork & herb sausages (wt was 400g) and also added some finely chopped onion & courgette instead of mushrooms. Used a 454g jar of sauce and that was fine. I added a small amt of chili flakes too

clionaf's picture

Loved this - the fennel seeds really made the dish I thought. I used pork & herb sausages (wt was 400g) and also added some finely chopped onion & courgette instead of mushrooms. Used a 454g jar of sauce and that was fine.

toro18's picture

Tried it and its really good. Did not have spicy sauce but spicy sausages and came really good. Will definitely do it again.

Sissinghurst's picture

Haven't tried it yet, having only just signed in and found it. I just wanted to say that for those of you who don't like Lloyd Grossman sauces all that much, you might like to try Sacla. I haven't tried one yet I didn't like - except Arrabiatta, which is hot, hot, hot!

carolinewild's picture

This is a fab dish! We do it at least once a week. Very quick and very tasty! We recommend Sainsburys TTD sausages as they are meaty and delicious!

wondermum's picture

We love this recipe, I also leave out the fennel seeds though.

dormababe1's picture

Great comfort food on a cold winter's night. Might try it with tomato and basil sauce next time. Very quick and easy to do

katadrian's picture

I love this recipe, it's so quick and easy. I leave out the fennel seeds though.

jessicahyland's picture

It was nice made a nice change

chilli17's picture

i added chopped onion and garlic used chestnut mushrooms also added tin of chopped tomatoes now one of our favourates love all lloyd grossmans sauces

yoshimiatkins's picture

I made this for dinner last night and both me and my husband thought it was delicious.

lynnemwillkins's picture

Tried this last night - and added a tin of tomatoes as the small jar of pasta sauce didn't really go far - also added broccoli and a small dash of chilli powder - yum!
Will make this again!

sarahpzzz's picture

A really easy and tasty meal. I used pork and apple sausages and they were lovely. I also thought that putting in the red wine really made a difference, it made it a lot more flavoursome. A favourite!

plattimore's picture

A really good quick pasta dish full of flavour and thoroughly enjoyed by my husband who loves sausage recipes.

rachelturusem's picture

I made this the other night for myself and the other half...we LOVED it! Used sweet chilli sausages and left out the fennel seeds as didn't have any. Used a tomato and basil sauce and it was delicious, the kick in the sausages was sensational. Yum!


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