Sausage & broccoli carbonara

Sausage & broccoli carbonara

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(34 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
A spin on the Italian classic using sausage meatballs, spaghetti and greens - on the table in half an hour

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal634
  • fat29g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs60g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre8g
  • protein32g
  • salt1.8g
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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…

  • 8 chipolatas, meat squeezed out and rolled into balls
  • 3 eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 50g parmesan, grated, plus extra to serve (optional)



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

  • 300g spaghetti
  • 1 head broccoli, broken into small florets



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed


  1. In a large pan, heat the oil and cook the sausageballs until golden, moving them around in the pan frequently. Meanwhile, mix together the eggs, cheese and some seasoning with a fork in a jug.

  2. Cook the pasta following pack instructions. Add the broccoli for the final 3 mins, then drain, reserving a cup of the cooking water.

  3. Add the garlic to the sausageballs and cook for a couple mins more, being careful the garlic doesn’t brown. Remove the pan from the heat.

  4. Add the pasta and broccoli to the sausage pan. Toss everything together, then add the egg mixture. Stir the sauce through the pasta for 1-2 mins. The heat from the pan will cook the sauce – if it is too thick, use a little of the reserved cooking water to thin it. Divide between pasta bowls and serve with extra Parmesan, if you like.

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6th Oct, 2017
This is a quick, easy midweek meal which the children love. I use normal sausages and use left over veg from the previous meal to make it more nutritious. I don’t add any oil as the sausage meat is fatty enough, so I just dry fry it.
22nd Jan, 2017
This was one of the worst recipes I've had from this website. As anticipated the egg turned into scrambled egg and it was generally bland.
22nd Jul, 2015
This isn't carbonara. It's sausage pasta. The creamy mess that is called carbonara isn't carbonara, so this is definitely not carbonara.
11th Feb, 2015
Good recipe, was looking for something different to do with sausages and already had all the ingredients. I used frozen Broccoli instead of fresh. Made for one so used one garlic clove, one egg and about 20g of Parmesan. I love garlic so I would add more next time, and needs plenty of salt and pepper.
11th May, 2014
I found it very good, but a bit dry. I'll add an extra egg next time, or maybe a bit of cream.
Justin L
13th Oct, 2013
This is one of the worst recipes for carbonara I've seen. Carbonara without black pepper, is not carbonara. That's an essential ingredient.
6th Nov, 2014
In step 1 of the method it tells you to add seasoning to the sauce ingredients. I don't know about you Justin but in my book that means salt and black pepper!
26th Jan, 2013
It was very delicious but I found it a bit too overwhelming on the garlic side for my taste.
23rd Jan, 2013
Made it for the family last night who all said it was nice. I had a little taste but found it rather bland, but they all enjoyed it and would have it again. It was quick that is the main thing!!
2nd Jan, 2013
Made this tonight for two, and as suggested by Frantic Flapjack, I still used 3 eggs and 50g of Parmesan and halved the other ingredients. I chose to steam the broccoli rather than add it to the pasta and this worked well. I personally found it a little bland so added more black pepper, but my boyfriend thought it was fine, so I guess it's just personal preference. Overall, a tasty quick and easy meal which is a great take on a classic.


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31st Mar, 2019
Fantastic idea in my opinion but poorly executed. Future reference, cook broccoli together with pasta from the start and use a homemade (or packet mix for you cheaters like me) cheese sauce instead of the egg thing. Goes well with cheesy garlic toasts :)
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