One of things I love the most, is tucking into a bowl of pasta with a sauce full of vegetables and a generous sprinkling of cheese. It has to be one of my all time favourite dinners to make. After years of failing with pre-made pasta sauces during my student years, I’ve perfected and enjoyed one dish in particular – my sausage pasta dinner. It’s quick, easy and perfect for those mid-week dinners when you just need a big hug in the shape of a bowl.
What you’ll need (serves 2 or 3)
- Pasta (any shape or size – I tend to use fusilli)
- 2 finely chopped onions
- 3 cloves of crushed garlic
- 2 mini sweet peppers
- 1 courgette
- Tomato purée
- A tin of chopped tomatoes
- 6 sausages
- Salt and pepper
What to do
- Start off by finely chopping your onions and crush your garlic cloves. Then add to a large cooking pot and gently fry until golden.
- Once the onions and garlic have started to brown, add your chopped peppers to the mix and continue to fry.
- Next, add a quarter of the chopped tomatoes to the mixture.
- While this simmers, de-skin your sausages and roll them into small balls.
- Once you’ve got sausage meatballs, add them to the mixture and let them cook while soaking up the flavour of the sauce.
- Fill a separate pot with water and leave to boil.
- Leave to cook until the sausages have cooked through and once the other pan of water is boiling add your pasta.
- Next, grate your courgettes straight into the sausage pot and add the remaining tin of chopped tomatoes then leave to simmer for 5 minutes.
- Once your pasta has cooked, drain and add it to your sauce mixture – save a splash of the pasta water and add this to the sauce.
- Give it a stir and leave the pasta to suck up the sauce for a few minutes, before serving with grated cheese and a side of vegetables (just to balance it out).