Sausage pasta in a frying pan

Saucy sausage pasta

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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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12th Nov, 2012
Made this a number of times now. A great recipe for days when time isn't on your side. I fry the sausages whole, then cut them into chunks as I find it much easier than cutting up raw sausages. I use mild chilli powder because no-one likes spicy food in this house. Made it once using hot chilli powder and it nearly blew our heads off. Our toddler loves this which is an added bonus when looking for family meals to try.
9th Nov, 2012
New family favourite, 4 yo suggested adding kidney beans as she loves and would recommend :)
8th Nov, 2012
I use scissors to cut the sausages, much easier! I add some minced chilli instead of the powder. This recipe freezes well - I'm not a meat eater and like to cook in bulk for the family.
29th Oct, 2012
Simple, but very tasty one. Used chicken sausage instead of pork, that was good too...
10th Oct, 2012
easy to cook, added ground pepper and basil to give a little extra flavouring was delicious
7th Oct, 2012
Delightful and easy. We used spicy sausages which added an extra kick
28th Sep, 2012
I used kidney beans in a chilli sauce in mine, really tasty and flavoursome, not too spicy either!! mmmmmm!
28th Sep, 2012
I used kidney beans in a chilli sauce in mine, really tasty and flavoursome, not too spicy either!! mmmmmm!
7th Sep, 2012
Soooooo easy and tasty! if me, an 18 year old lad can do it, im sure anyone can :) P.S. its cheap too ^^
3rd Sep, 2012
Not tasty at all, very bland. Would be better baked with cheese on top


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