Sausagey pasta


Adapted from Jamie Oliver’s ‘Jools’ Pregnant Pasta’ from his 30 Minute Meals book, this is a fab comfort food meal

10 mins

15 mins

633 kcals

serves 4



The combination of ingredients in this meal is just perfect to make a beautifully satisfying dish. Using low-syn or syn-free sausages makes this one a great weekday staple for slimmers!

Please note that you will need a food-processor or a mini food processor for this recipe.

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Sausagey pasta

  • Author: Pip Payne
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Adapted from Jamie Oliver’s ‘Jools’ pregnant pasta’ from his 30 minute meals book, this is a fab comfort food meal. 

Syns: 1.5 per portion


  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 stick celery
  • 12 fresh red chillies
  • 6 reduced fat sausages (make sure they are low syn- I used Tesco Healthy Living Cumberland)
  • 1 heaped tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 500 g dried penne
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • Basil to garnish


  1. Roughly chop the spring onions, carrot and celery, then blitz in the food processor with the chillies (remove stalks).
  2. Add the sausages (I chopped these roughly with scissors into the food processor), the fennel seeds and the oregano. Keep whizzing until it’s all well mixed-up.
  3. Put the pasta on to cook, and then spray a large non-stick frying pan with Frylight and throw in the sausage mixture.
  4. Keep breaking it up and stirring it to make sure it doesn’t stick to the pan- as there’s little fat in it it can stick a bit.
  5. After the sausage mixture has cooked for about 8 minutes, crush in the garlic cloves, add the balsamic vinegar, and the tinned tomatoes.
  6. Leave it bubbling while the pasta cooks. When the pasta is cooked through (save a little of the water), add it into the sausage sauce and season it.
  7. If the sauce seems too dry then add a little of the pasta water.


Serve sprinkled with torn basil, with salad and a little grated parmesan if you fancy.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Main course
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: sausage pasta

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