Quick sausage Bolognese

Quick sausage Bolognese

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(37 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 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
    Mushroom

    Mushroom

    mush-room

    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

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

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

Method

  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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chvallen
30th Sep, 2010
I added chopped onions and garlic at the mushroom stage and softened, then instead of jarred sauce used a tin of plum tomatoes and some chopped fresh ones, with chopped fresh basil. A splash of red wine vinegar and worchester sauce at the end also was good :)
chvallen
30th Sep, 2010
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
3rd Sep, 2010
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
8th Jul, 2010
5.05
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?
catie74
30th Dec, 2016
Make your own tomato sauce. I can't stand the ready made stuff
falklands4wildlife
9th Jun, 2010
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
10th May, 2010
5.05
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
1st May, 2010
5.05
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
1st May, 2010
5.05
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
27th Aug, 2009
5.05
Tried it and its really good. Did not have spicy sauce but spicy sausages and came really good. Will definitely do it again.

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