Friday, 29 February 2008

Sausage and Tomato Pasta

In our home we love pasta and it plays a weekly repertoire, it's one of those dishes that are the answer to a quick and easy meal or a big affair like a lasagne for entertaining friends or family. This recipe is one of many favorites in our home. I like using different shaped pasta and today I've used Festoni pasta which I bought at Waitrose. I also use the thinner sausages which I grill instead of frying, before cutting into bite sized pieces.

Serves 4

1 tbsp olive oil
4 thick pork sausages, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 garlic cloves, crushed
200ml/7fl oz medium white wine
1 tbsp tomato purée
400g can chopped tomatoes
500g pack rigatoni or penne
Handful of basil leaves, torn, (optional)
Parmesan, to serve

1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based pan (preferably not non-stick) and add the sausages. Fry for about 8 mins until golden and cooked through. Tip in the garlic and fry for 1 min. Pour in the white wine and boil until it has reduced by half.

2. Stir in the tomato purée and tomatoes, and season to taste. Simmer for 15 mins until the sauce is rich and thick.

3. While the sauce cooks, boil the pasta according to pack instructions and drain. Stir in the basil if using, and cooked pasta into the sauce, then serve in bowls with grated or shaved parmesan.


Anna said...

Oddly enough, I hardly ever make pasta, even though I love it - I think our family is more about rice or potatoes. This looks great; I think I'll give it a try!

Maria♥ said...

Hi Indigo

Let me know what you think. Although there isn't many ingredients, the combination of the sausages, garlic and white wine really does make this a delicious meal.

Thanks for dropping by ;o)


Ruth Strong said...

Ooooh what a great combination! I've never had a pasta dish like this before. Sounds fantastic!

Maria♥ said...

Hi Ruth

You have to try this, I've passed this recipe on to friends and family and everyone has come back with good feedback! Let me know what you think when you try it ;o)


Nicki said...

That sounds and looks very yummy, Maria! :)

Maria♥ said...

Hi Nicki

Thanks for the lovely feedback and dropping by my blog ;o)


Anonymous said...

Hi Maria,
I can vouch for this recipe that it is a huge hit in our home too; my kids often ask me to make the "pasta with the wine" and this is it! I think it's time we made it again!! Thanks so much for posting for all to enjoy.

Ms O said...

I just discovered your blog, Maria. It's beautiful! And, this pasta dish looks amazing. It's destined to grace our table. :)

Maria♥ said...

Hi Ms O

Thanks for the lovely comment welcome to my blog ;o)


Rosie said...

oooh this looks a great pasta dish Maria :D A must try!

Rosie x

Maria♥ said...

Hi Rosie

Thanks. I could swear you've made this before, or maybe not. Well if you've not had the pleasure of making this, then I highly recommend it.


Dave said...

Wonderful recipe - did you invent it?