Sausageball pasta bake

Sausageball pasta bake

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 4

Using leftover sausagemeat to make meatballs is a thrifty way to jazz up an oven-cooked pasta pot

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal860
  • fat41g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs88g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre7g
  • protein41g
  • salt3.75g
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  • 450g sausagemeat
  • 50g fresh white breadcrumb
  • 1 tsp thyme or rosemary leaves, chopped



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 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…

  • 500g carton passata
  • 2 tbsp sundried tomato paste
  • 300g fusilli or other pasta shapes



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

  • ½ small Savoy cabbage, cut into 1cm-wide slices
  • 250g ball mozzarella, cubed
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated parmesan



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


  1. Put the sausagemeat, breadcrumbs and thyme or rosemary in a bowl and mix to combine. Shape into 20 small balls.

  2. Heat oil in a wide pan and cook the sausageballs for 10 mins until nicely browned. Add passata and tomato paste, cover and simmer gently for 20 mins.

  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta following pack instructions, adding the cabbage for the final 5 mins of cooking time. Drain cabbage and pasta, toss with the sauce and spoon into a heatproof dish.

  4. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Push mozzarella cubes into the top of the pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan and bake for 15-20 mins until bubbling and crusty.

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17th Mar, 2017
Made this for me and my boyfriend. We enjoyed it very much but just a couple of comments. Firstly I found the sauce to be quite bland and so added a few herbs and some ketchup for sweetness. Also, next time I would make the sausage balls smaller. I made 20 as the recipe calls for but found them to be quite big and stodgy. Will be making again though with these two adjustments!
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13th Mar, 2015
Such a brilliant recipe! tis one of our families favourite dinners, you can also use chicken instead of the sausage balls if your on a budget or just fancy something different. This recipe is so simple to make, yet it doesn't take 45 mins in the oven. only leave it for a max of 30 mins otherwise it will burn. don't use the cabbage it ruins it :)
4th Oct, 2016
A great recipe indeed, use the best sausages you can find!
4th Mar, 2015
Such a fab recipe! I used our favourite sausages (which already have herbs added) instead of sausage meat but other than that followed the recipe to the letter. Very tasty and will definitely become a firm family favourite.
17th Apr, 2014
My 10 yr old helped make this. Very tasty although my son's not keen on the cabbage!
4th Oct, 2013
I found the portions to be huge! This recipe would easily serve 5-6 in my opinion. Also I found that I needed to add herbs to my tomato sauce as well as the sausage balls themselves. I put thyme in the sausage balls and rosemary in the sauce.
20th Mar, 2013
Great midweek meal, my boys loved it and didn't know they were eating cabbage. I added chilli to mine and my husbands.
24th Jan, 2013
Great recipe all the family loved it my son had second helping. I didn't put the cabbage in we had it with steamed brocoli instead. Yummy.
16th Jan, 2013
Delicious recipe did not bother with making sausage balls, just used good quality sausage meat and added some fennel seeds and a bit of red wine before adding the tomato passata and simmer for 20 min. Became a family favourite!
3rd Oct, 2012
Whole family liked it. I used white cabbage cut up to look like onion. It got one of the kids to eat it.


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