Instant meatballs with penne pasta

Instant meatballs with penne pasta

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


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


  • kcal964
  • fat53g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs88g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre7g
  • protein39g
  • salt3.14g
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  • 200g penne pasta



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

  • 3 fat sausages
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g bag spinach



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

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



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


  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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10th Nov, 2010
Excellent quick and easy recipe used chorizo sausage instead and doubled the recipe.
27th Apr, 2010
This is my standard pot luck recipe. Always disappears very quickly. I always use spicy Italian sausage and play with pine nuts, sun dried tomatoes, etc.
21st Dec, 2009
Look like really nice dish! but would modify it by adding a pasta suace maybe looks a little dry possibley boring :S, Making it this week hopefully adding a tomato pasta sauce. Will leave a coment and tell you how it whent! :)
20th Sep, 2009
we are going to try this recipe it sounds great
3rd Mar, 2009
I made the meatballs from scratch a day before with mince and left in the fridge to set. Fried them then cooked the pasta separately. I left the pine nuts out altogether and was please with the result. Nice dish!
24th Oct, 2008
I added 200g of mushrooms and some crushed garlic in with the sausage meat. I also stirred in some creme fraiche - YUM!
24th Oct, 2008
i used butcher sausages leek and herb,very tasty. i also added garlic and half a red onion and medley of mushrooms,skinning the sausages takes time. towards the end of cooking time i added some sun dried tomatoes. i would recommend this tasty dish to my friends. really enjoy BBC Good Food recipes. thank you.
23rd Oct, 2008
Rather tasty, very quick and easy to make. Perfect week night dinner.
24th Aug, 2008
great... i also have used the idea of the sausage meatballs with spaghetti and a basic tomato/basil/onion and garlic sauce for the kids and they wolf it down every time...
11th Aug, 2008
very nice but remember to wash the spinach!!


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