Chunky sausage & tomato pasta

Chunky sausage & tomato pasta

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(125 ratings)

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 sausages, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, 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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23rd Nov, 2016
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:)
7th Feb, 2016
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.
3rd Feb, 2016
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...
15th May, 2015
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. 5 stars for taste and simplicity 5 stars f
Adam Ryan
8th Apr, 2015
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.
27th Mar, 2015
Fantastic, simple recipe that the whole family loved!
SamP mum of 3
9th Jan, 2015
Great simple midweek meal for all the family.
4th Dec, 2014
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.
21st Oct, 2014
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
7th Jul, 2014
Good, straight forward tasty meal. Served ours with spaghetti because that's what was in the cupboard...


3rd Apr, 2015
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
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20th Apr, 2015
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. 
18th Dec, 2013
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.