Instant meatballs with penne pasta

Instant meatballs with penne pasta

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(42 ratings)

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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hevonly's picture
5th Sep, 2017
I've worked out the calories... 200g penne pasta (Aldi) 722 3 fat sausages (Aldi Traditional) 420 1 tbsp olive oil 119 250g bag spinach 73 3 tbsp pine nuts 337 50g parmesan 198 Total = 1869 Serves 2 so 935 per portion A lovely dish, but very high in calories!
3rd Nov, 2016
Are the stated calories per serving correct?
13th Jul, 2014
Top tip - add fennel seeds to the sausage meat and this is extra delicious
6th Sep, 2013
Delicious! I thought it might be a bit dry so added a jar of tomato & basil pasta sauce. Also added some mushrooms and fried some breadcrumbs and garlic in a little olive oil to sprinkle on top with the toasted pine nuts - very popular meal!
4th May, 2012
Great, easy recipe! Will try adding some pesto, as suggested above next time I make this,
5th Apr, 2012
Forgot to mention we add 3 tbs of pesto.
2nd Apr, 2012
Fantastic quick midweek meal we really like. I am not sure about the kcals though? Seems a lot for what it is.
4th Jan, 2012
I added mushrooms and garlic and a dash of worcestershire sauce and left out the nuts. Good quick dish for the family.
nicole011270's picture
22nd Aug, 2011
This is an absolute winner and my youngest daughters favourite - get the best sausages you can afford.
11th Jan, 2011
Great recipe, I added three tspn of red pesto to the recipe and was excellent can't wait to make again.


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