Italian sausage & chestnut pasta

Italian sausage & chestnut pasta

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(30 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins

Easy

Serves 6
A mix of sausagemeat and chestnut chunks creates a rich and nutty pasta sauce, lifting this from an everyday dish to something special

Nutrition and extra info

  • sauce only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal576
  • fat23g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs67g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre3g
  • protein21g
  • salt1.7g
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Ingredients

  • 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…

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 450g pack Lincolnshire sausage, meat squeezed out
  • 200g vacuum-packed chestnut from a can or jar, very roughly chopped (see tip, below)
    Chestnut

    Chestnut

    chest-nut

    'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...' that kitsch old Nat King Cole song perfectly…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chopped rosemary
    Rosemary

    Rosemary

    rose-mar-ee

    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 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,…

  • 1 glass full-bodied red wine
  • 500g carton passata
  • 500g large pasta shells or pappardelle
  • small pack curly parsley, finely chopped
  • parmesan or Grana Padano, 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 the oil in a large frying pan, and fry the onion for 5 mins. Once starting to soften, add the sausagemeat and chestnuts, and fry for another 10-12 mins, breaking the meat up with a wooden spatula or spoon as you fry it. Keep the heat quite high and stir often.

  2. When the meat and chestnuts are golden brown, add the garlic, rosemary and fennel seeds, and cook for 2 mins more. Splash in the wine, let most of it boil away, then tip in the passata. Cover and simmer the sauce for 10 mins while you boil the pasta in plenty of salted water, following pack instructions.

  3. Reserve a cup of the pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta well. Toss the pasta, 3 tbsp of the water, the ragu and most of the parsley together, then season to taste. Share between bowls, add a grinding of black pepper, the remaining parsley, then a handful of Parmesan shavings.

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mrshogan
17th Oct, 2018
5.05
Delicious the whole family love it but do not substitute the sausage meat
KerryChev
13th Oct, 2018
5.05
This is one of my go-to-recipes when I have guests over!
Fesour
9th Sep, 2018
5.05
Delicious! I made this meal this weekend and it was really good. The ragu was very tasty, with the chestnuts and sausage meat combining very well.
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Bzm394
23rd Jun, 2018
5.05
Pukka
bethanygrotto
14th Jun, 2018
4.05
I really like this dish, but I never use wine in cooking as I just cannot get the hang of burning off the alcohol, too many dishes have ended up in the bin so now I don't bother, I add a bit of stock instead. Also not a fan of fennel seeds, so if I use them I grind them up really finely, it is a regular meal for us.
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Saize
18th Nov, 2017
5.05
Beautiful dish. The whole family absolutely loved it and with the garlic bread on the side, it just finished the meal off perfectly.
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DanJ1980
20th Nov, 2016
5.05
This is a great dish.. ideal for an easy entertaining meal with great effect. Lots of lovely flavours and textures. This is our new family favourite!!
LJfoodie
28th Dec, 2015
5.05
This was really tasty. Very rich, hearty meal. The chestnuts were delicious. Will be trying again with lean mince and herbs rather than sausage meat for a healthier alternative. Served on baby spinach for a dinner for 2 and then 2 leftover lunches the next day (we have big appetites - not sure it would have made 6 meals for us!)
LJfoodie
7th Apr, 2017
5.05
Was too dry using lean mince and herbs. Will stick to sausage meat!!
justhorses
26th Jul, 2015
5.05
Delicious but very rich. Perfect for a casual dinner party.

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