Sausage pasta in a frying pan

Saucy sausage pasta

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(144 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4

Tomato, onion and garlic pasta sauce with sausage chunks for a bit of substance - brilliant for students (and as a hangover cure)

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal645
  • fat30g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs74g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre5g
  • protein24g
  • salt2.77g
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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…

  • packet of 8 pork sausages (the best your budget will allow), cut into chunky pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 300g short pasta such as fusilli or farfalle (just over half a 500g bag)



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…


  1. Put a large pan of water on to boil.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan and fry chunky pieces of 8 pork sausages on a fairly high heat until they are golden brown all over.

  3. Now turn the heat down and add 1 large chopped onion and 2 crushed garlic cloves, cooking them until they have softened.

  4. Stir in 1 tsp chilli powder and 400g chopped tomatoes with the sausages, bring the sauce to the boil then turn the heat down and let it bubble for about 10 minutes while you cook the pasta.

  5. Drop 300g pasta into the pan of boiling water and cook according to the pack instructions.

  6. Drain the pasta, then tip it into the frying pan with the sausage sauce, mixing well to coat. Dish up immediately with crusty bread.

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20th Aug, 2019
Didn't have any chilli powder so I used cajun seasoning instead and it was really good: delicious with some parsley!
19th Mar, 2019
Really good, quick and easy. I used spicy gourmet Gluten free sausages that I bought from our local farmers market. Added some white wine while the onions were cooking off, a teaspoon of paprika and oragano as well as the chilli powder (mild) a sprinkle of palm sugar and a splash of cream. Topped it with grated cheese. Will definitely do this again.
19th Sep, 2018
Sausages aren't my favouritems food but I loved this. Easy to make and good quality sausages really make a difference.
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9th Jul, 2018
My boys love this dish, empty plates each time.
3rd Oct, 2017
Made this last night with local sausages. Changed the recipe slightly:- removed the skin from the sausages and broke them up, added fennel seeds and oregano, used passata instead of a tin of tomates and also added a splash of white wine (before adding the tomatoes), which I reduced. I also added a bit of cream at the end. All in all a very delicious meal.
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22nd May, 2017
Very tasty simple recipe. My wife and 1 year old daughter both enjoyed it, will definitely make again.
11th Jan, 2017
I'm a fussy eater and don't do veg. Having said this, I used an ASDA Tomato and Garlic pasta sauce and missed out the onion. Fantastic flavours and very simple to make.
5th Sep, 2016
Kids loved it! Used red onion, penne pasta, easy on the chilli, and some frozen spinach. Asked to have it tomorrow too!
11th Jun, 2015
After noting the comments, I tweeted the recipe and added more chilli, cream cheese, mixed herbs, tomato sauce, sugar, peas to add bit of colour. It was a hit! Nice and spicy. Will definitely make again. Cheap to make.
9th Jun, 2015
Not great. Missing something. I think some cream added to the sauce would make it nicer. I would also add a teaspoon of sugar to counteract the chili. I would also opt for chorizo sausage which would also reduce the cooking time. Hope this helps


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12th May, 2019
Add a splash of Worcestershire sauce, tsp mixed herbs, and tsp of Ras elhanout.
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