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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15th Aug, 2008
A really good quick pasta dish full of flavour and thoroughly enjoyed by my husband who loves sausage recipes.
24th Jul, 2008
I made this the other night for myself and the other half...we LOVED it! Used sweet chilli sausages and left out the fennel seeds as didn't have any. Used a tomato and basil sauce and it was delicious, the kick in the sausages was sensational. Yum!
24th Jul, 2008
Made this the other night for quick midweek tea and was very straightforward. Was surprisingly tasty; had never used sausages out of their skins before! I did not have any pasta sauce so added a time of plum tomatoes, a pinch of sugar and chill flakes and some dried basil then simmered for 10 mins or so. I also used low-fat sausages to reduce the saturated fat.
Frantic Flapjack
17th Jul, 2008
This was okay, but I don't think the Lloyd Grossman range of pasta sauces have enough flavour.
15th Jul, 2008
Very quick, very easy and very yummy!! Didn't put in the red wine, but will try it next time.
10th Jul, 2008
I also only had a small jar of pasta sauce to added some skinned and halved cherry tomatoes.
2nd Jul, 2008
Hey, this looks great! A suggestions from those of us who are not located in the UK, it would be great to have the weight of the sausages as In france for example, we have numerous different types and sizes of sausages. In the meantime, I'll extimate and give this a go!
30th Jun, 2008
This is a really quick and tasty supper, ideal for after work. I only had a small jar of Loyd Grosman sauce, so added a tin of chopped tomatoes, with 1/2 tsp chilli powder; and some frozen peas to add more veg. Empty dishes all round!


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