Chunky sausage & tomato pasta

Chunky sausage & tomato pasta

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
Jazz up sausages with this spicy tomato pasta

Nutrition and extra info

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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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Julia Dryden
11th Aug, 2019
Great family meal which you can adapt. I might add some fennel seeds next time. I used a small bottle 184ml of white wine and it worked fine. All I would say is that there is way too much pasta for the sauce. I only used half of the pasta cooked (froze the rest). What I made fed two adults and a toddler. Definitely do again.
6th Aug, 2019
Oh my goodness, usually I take reviews with a pinch of salt but this is just as good as they say! Made a few changes, red wine instead of white and half and half it with some beef stock, doubled the sausages, added a pinch of chilli flakes for the "spicy", a few sun dried tomatoes chopped, basil added when the sauce was simmering and a cup of pasta water at the end to loosen it up. It was soooooo good. All 3 monsters gobbled it up and the smell converted my other half to have some rather than his diet plan meal. Would definitely try this again, I can see it becoming a regular on the meal plan!
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hybridauth_user 1061
30th Jun, 2019
Officially the last time I buy a jar of pasta sauce!! This was delicious family of five, 3 boys ...ages 3,6 and 7 and an extremely fussy 7 year old eater .. Even he cleared his plate. Will use this recipe again and again :D
Norma. mackey
30th Oct, 2018
Simple and delicious! Even the non-pasta lovers in our house wolfed the lot! Definitely will make again.
30th Jul, 2018
I just made this, I missed out the wine and used a veg stock cube instead and I added some red peppers when I was cooking the onions this was very delicious and I will definitely be making it again. I did not add any spice or any parmasen.
21st Oct, 2017
This is a nice recipe but I wouldn't say it was spicy. I'm glad I read some other reviews before making it. I added an extra tin of chopped tomatoes, a tsp of chilli flakes and 1/2 tsp of paprika which did give it that spice and a really nice taste. I think next time I'd add some veg in too.
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23rd Aug, 2017
This is delicious. I used sausage meat, added onions, sage and a couple of rashers of bacon I had left over. I didn't have any white wine so used Rosè. You can really mix this recipe up and it's still good.
29th Jul, 2017
Nice and easy and very tasty although I made a few tweaks! I baked the sausages first and added them with the tomatoes (used two tins). Fried some courgette and pepper first with the garlic, added some chilli flakes as other suggested, and used chicken stock instead of opening a bottle of wine. Finally, added a grated carrot at the veg stage for sweetness instead of adding sugar. Everyone enjoyed it so will be making again.
8th Jul, 2017
So easy and quick to prepare, very tasty too. A perfect dinner particularly for a weeknight.Gave us 4 really good portions. Could probably even feed 5 with this.
20th May, 2017
Easy and quick recipe - definitely recommend as a mid-week meal! I used 2 tins of chopped tomatoes instead of 1 and also apple juice instead of wine which sweetened it nicely.


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
goodfoodteam's picture
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.
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