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Spicy pepper and sausage pasta sauce

Spicy pepper and sausage pasta sauce

This is a useful basic recipe that the kids will love and takes no time to cook. You could bulk it out with more veggies such as carrots, baked beans, broccoli florets, chopped green beans or peas, depending on what you have in the house.

To make a more adult version use some good Italian sausages that have been taken out of the casing.
By Caroline Marson
Serves 6
Prep/Cook time: 45-60 minutes
a pasta dish covered in spicy red pepper and crumbled pork sausage meat sauce

Ingredients

500g sausage meat
This recipe works perfectly with frozen meat. Check what you have in your freezer and defrost meat thoroughly before cooking.
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 red pepper, seed removed and finely chopped
1 yellow pepper, seeds remove and finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
Chilli powder
1 tbsp tomato puree
2 x 400ml tin canned chopped tomatoes
Add in any fresh tomatoes that need using up
Chopped tomatoes
Handful of herbs
Dried mixed herbs works just as well
Basil leaves roughly chopped
Salt and ground black pepper
50g grated hard cheese
600g dried pasta
Chopped parsley to serve

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Recipe

  1. Remember to defrost your meat. Defrost your meat in the fridge and use within 24 hours, or in a microwave on ‘defrost’ directly before use. 

    This recipe works perfectly with frozen meat. Check what you have in your freezer and defrost meat thoroughly before cooking. If using defrosted cooked meat, you can only reheat this meat once so only cook what you can eat.
  2. In a frying pan, add the sausage and stir fry over a medium heat until golden in colour. Break up with a wooden spoon into small pieces whilst it is cooking. Tip the sausage onto a plate covered in kitchen roll to drain off excess fat.

  3. In the same pan, add the olive oil and cook the onion and pepper until the onions are translucent and the peppers tender and slightly brown. Lastly add the garlic, tomato paste and chilli and stir fry for 1 minute.

  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and return the browned sausage to the pan, bring to the boil, reduce the heat and cover and cook for 10 minutes. The sauce should be quite soupy, if it seems a bit thick add a little water or red wine (adults only). Cook the pasta according to packet instructions whilst the sauce is cooking. Just before serving, add the basil and grated cheese to the sauce and taste and season if necessary.

  5. Mix together with the drained pasta, serve in bowls with chopped parsley and accompany with a green salad and garlic bread slices.

Make the most of your leftovers
Store in
Airtight container
Time
2 days
Where to store
Fridge
Reheat
Oven or microwave until piping hot. Reheat only once.

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