Crispy sausage and tomato pasta

This crispy sausage and tomato pasta is a quick and easy dish that takes less than 20 minutes to make. Combining flavoursome pork sausages with a fresh tomato sauce, it's sure to be a family favourite.

Serves 4 | 10 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook | 750 calories / serving


  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 8 pork sausages

  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced

  • 15g fresh basil, chopped, a few whole leaves reserved

  • 250g cherry tomatoes

  • 300g penne

  • 100g grated Cheddar


Heat the oil in a deep-sided frying pan over a medium high heat. Pinch the sausages from their skins into the pan to make small nuggets of sausagemeat. Fry, breaking up with a spatula or wooden spoon, for 8-10 mins until the sausage is crispy, golden brown and well broken up.

Add the garlic, fry for 1 min, then stir in the chopped basil, cherry tomatoes and 150ml water. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 8-10 mins for the tomatoes to begin to break down.

Meanwhile, bring a large pan of water to the boil and tip in the pasta. Cook for 8-10 mins until tender. Reserve 50ml cooking water and drain.

Tip the cooked penne into the sauce and toss everything together. Season well with pepper and add a splash of the reserved pasta water to help coat the pasta with a little sauce. Serve scattered with the Cheddar and reserved basil leaves.

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