Cooking: simple sausage pasta

As you know I love cooking for my kids. I am a firm believer in homemade family meals, every day. Even after all day in London I get home and put together a freshly prepared meal which all of us enjoy. Cooking doesn’t have to take long or be time consuming. You just have to be smart. By choosing ingredients which don’t take long to cook like pasta or rice you can create a tasty meal within 30 mins or so. So I’ve decided to team up with my fellow blogger, Lindsay from Always Make Thyme to show you and encourage you to prepare meals which your kids will love.

Today it’s simple sausage pasta. Over to Lindsay…

Just because something is simple does not mean it’s boring. There are a lot of people out there who frown upon simple recipes believing them to be bland and tasteless. Well I am here now to tell you that this is NOT the case. Even as a great lover of food and cooking there are times when even I don’t want to be stood in the kitchen cooking for hours and hours after a hard days work, and you know what? That’s okay! It is times like this when I usually come up with some of my best cooking inventions as I don’t spend as much time trying to over-complicate things. Instead I keep things simple and let the small amount of ingredients and flavours do the talking.
This recipe here, my Simple Sausage Pasta, is a result of one of those days where I just wanted an easy option. I raided the fridge, found lots of leftover bits and pieces and made a simple dish which I reckon tastes pretty damn good. Full of flavour and loads of veg, it’s a great recipe for kids, but one the parents will love too. If you have slightly more adventurous appetites in your household then why not throw in some fresh chilli or fennel seeds too? Both taste great!

Ingredients:

Sunflower oil
4 good quality sausages, skinned
Half a red onion, diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 celery stick, diced
Half a red pepper, sliced
Half a yellow pepper, sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
600g tomato passata
Salt and fresh black pepper
Serve with 500g of fresh pasta (I use Fusilli) and some grated cheese on top!

Method:

Heat a tablespoon of sunflower oil in a large saucepan over a medium to high heat and add the onion, carrot and celery. Fry until soft, stirring every so often to ensure nothing burns.
Add the garlic and fry for 1 minutes before adding in the skinned sausages. Break up the sausages using the back of a wooden spoon and fry until well browned.
Next throw in the sliced peppers and fry for a minute or two and then pour in the tomato passata. Stir well, turn down to a light simmer and leave for 15 minutes.
While the sauce is simmering you can cook your fresh pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water. If you are using dried pasta make sure to allow more cooking time.
Once everything is ready drain the pasta, keeping a small cup of the hot cooking water to one side, and then pour all of the pasta straight into the sauce. Mix well and add some of the water to loosen the sauce if needed. Season well and serve with a generous amount of grated cheese on top! Easy, quick and super tasty!
So what do you think? I really like this recipe and will be testing it out tonight. Please visit Lindsay’s blog here for more great recipes and ideas! Have a feedback? Let’s share and talk! Please comment below.

Karolina Barnes

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