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.
1 tbsp olive oil
8 pork sausages
2 garlic cloves, sliced
15g fresh basil, chopped, a few whole leaves reserved
250g cherry tomatoes
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.