Sausage pasta in a frying pan

Saucy sausage pasta

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(190 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4

Tomato, onion and garlic pasta sauce with sausage chunks for a bit of substance - brilliant for students (and as a hangover cure)

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal645
  • fat30g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs74g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre5g
  • protein24g
  • salt2.77g
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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…

  • packet of 8 pork sausages (the best your budget will allow), cut into chunky pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped



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

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 300g short pasta such as fusilli or farfalle (just over half a 500g bag)



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…


  1. Put a large pan of water on to boil.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan and fry chunky pieces of 8 pork sausages on a fairly high heat until they are golden brown all over.

  3. Now turn the heat down and add 1 large chopped onion and 2 crushed garlic cloves, cooking them until they have softened.

  4. Stir in 1 tsp chilli powder and 400g chopped tomatoes with the sausages, bring the sauce to the boil then turn the heat down and let it bubble for about 10 minutes while you cook the pasta.

  5. Drop 300g pasta into the pan of boiling water and cook according to the pack instructions.

  6. Drain the pasta, then tip it into the frying pan with the sausage sauce, mixing well to coat. Dish up immediately with crusty bread.

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24th Jun, 2020
If you use good quality sausages they will not stay in their skins. About 2/3 chunks broke up and looked like minced pork. Better to pre-cook the sausages whole and then slice. Needed more tomatoes - I added another can. Also added a little white wine, 1 tsp of fennel seeds, 1/2 tsp chilli flakes & 1/2 tsp hot paprika instead of chilli powder. Tasted good, looked a mess.
14th Jun, 2020
Love this receipe so easy and very tasty!
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Phil Mccracken
10th May, 2020
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Laura Randall
29th Feb, 2020
Really, really nice pasta dish, however i found it far too spicy, but i'm just going to reduce it next time
24th Feb, 2020
One of my favourite recipes as a university student. Really easy to make but a tasty and comforting dish!
20th Aug, 2019
Didn't have any chilli powder so I used cajun seasoning instead and it was really good: delicious with some parsley!
19th Mar, 2019
Really good, quick and easy. I used spicy gourmet Gluten free sausages that I bought from our local farmers market. Added some white wine while the onions were cooking off, a teaspoon of paprika and oragano as well as the chilli powder (mild) a sprinkle of palm sugar and a splash of cream. Topped it with grated cheese. Will definitely do this again.
19th Sep, 2018
Sausages aren't my favouritems food but I loved this. Easy to make and good quality sausages really make a difference.
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9th Jul, 2018
My boys love this dish, empty plates each time.
3rd Oct, 2017
Made this last night with local sausages. Changed the recipe slightly:- removed the skin from the sausages and broke them up, added fennel seeds and oregano, used passata instead of a tin of tomates and also added a splash of white wine (before adding the tomatoes), which I reduced. I also added a bit of cream at the end. All in all a very delicious meal.


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Mouayiad Shebli
12th May, 2019
Add a splash of Worcestershire sauce, tsp mixed herbs, and tsp of Ras elhanout.
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