Quick sausage bolognese

Quick sausage bolognese

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(60 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


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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  • 6 good-quality sausages, 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



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


  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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25th Aug, 2009
Haven't tried it yet, having only just signed in and found it. I just wanted to say that for those of you who don't like Lloyd Grossman sauces all that much, you might like to try Sacla. I haven't tried one yet I didn't like - except Arrabiatta, which is hot, hot, hot!
14th Apr, 2009
This is a fab dish! We do it at least once a week. Very quick and very tasty! We recommend Sainsburys TTD sausages as they are meaty and delicious!
7th Mar, 2009
We love this recipe, I also leave out the fennel seeds though.
3rd Feb, 2009
Great comfort food on a cold winter's night. Might try it with tomato and basil sauce next time. Very quick and easy to do
11th Dec, 2008
I love this recipe, it's so quick and easy. I leave out the fennel seeds though.
24th Nov, 2008
It was nice made a nice change
22nd Nov, 2008
i added chopped onion and garlic used chestnut mushrooms also added tin of chopped tomatoes now one of our favourates love all lloyd grossmans sauces
20th Nov, 2008
I made this for dinner last night and both me and my husband thought it was delicious.
9th Sep, 2008
Tried this last night - and added a tin of tomatoes as the small jar of pasta sauce didn't really go far - also added broccoli and a small dash of chilli powder - yum! Will make this again!
2nd Sep, 2008
A really easy and tasty meal. I used pork and apple sausages and they were lovely. I also thought that putting in the red wine really made a difference, it made it a lot more flavoursome. A favourite!


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