Simple Sausage Pasta

Close up of pasta twirls in tomato sauce with sausage meatballs and a side salad

I love a simple dinner. You know, the ones that take literally zero effort yet are proper tasty and pass the kid test? Well this simple sausage pasta is everything and more.

The sausages basically take on the role of meatballs and the trick is to remove the skin. It ain’t a pretty job let’s face it, but if you can get over the whole rubber johnny associations then you’re home and dry 😉

This recipe can be done with either bog standard meat sausages or veggie sausages or if you’re feeling a bit fancier than normal, it works amazeballs with chorizo!

I like to cook mine in the slow cooker, because well I’m a lazy cow and I’ve got other stuff to be doing, but it does mean it won’t have that brown grilled coating. To get around this you can either fry off in a saucepan before putting into the slow cooker, or you can do it all on the hob. It’s entirely up to you.

This recipe will feed a family of four with a bit left over to stash away in the freezer for when you need an emergency meal in a hurry. Give it a go and let me know what you think 🙂

What’s In It?

  • 10 Sausages (of your choice, personally I’m a sucker for Heck sausages)
  • 400g Tinned Tomatoes
  • 1 Chopped Onion
  • 2 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 400g Dried Pasta
  • Mixed Salad to serve.

How Do I Make It?

First up, that’s an easy peasy looking set of ingredients right? I’m betting it’s the kind of stuff you’ve already got in your cupboards and that’s what makes this recipe so fab.

Chop each sausage into thirds and then remove the skin.

Roll the sausage meat into balls and pop in the slow cooker.

Add the tinned tomatoes, worcestershire sauce and chopped onion, give it a little stir and then leave to cook throughout the day. I put mine on in the morning and it’s ready for when the kids come home hungry from school.

About half an hour before you want to serve dinner, boil the water for the pasta and get that going.

Remove the sausage balls from the slow cooker and put to one side.

Blend the tomato sauce with a stick blender whilst it’s still in the slow cooker and then put the sausage balls back in to cook for a further 20 minutes.

Drain the pasta and pour in the sausage balls and sauce, giving it a good stir.

Serve with a side salad and a good sprinkling of cheese.

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