Posted in Comfort Food, Quick Eats

Sausage, Red wine, Basil & Tomato Pasta

Once you master the perfect homemade tomato pasta sauce, I promise you, you’ll never go back to the jar. Full of flavour, no hidden nasties and super easy to make! I make a big batch and freeze it in portions ready for a lazy lunch!

This is also a perfect store cupboard dinner – if you’re like me you always have a packet of sausages in the freezer and everything else can be substituted for things I’m sure you’ll have at the back of your cupboards!

Serves 2 / Ready in 20 minutes

Ingredients:

3 sausages

Pasta of your choice (I use linguine or tagliatelle)

1 onion

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

1 tsp garlic granules / 2 cloves of fresh garlic

1 tsp dried Italian herbs

Generous glug of red wine

2 tsp balsamic vinegar

Handful of fresh basil / dried basil

1/2 sugar

Parmesan to serve

Pinch of chilli flakes

Method:

  1. Finely chop onion & garlic and fry in a little oil until softened. Add in the dried herbs with the balsamic vinegar & wine and cook until reduced
  2. Add in the chopped tomatoes, sugar, chilli flakes & season well – leave on a low heat to reduce further
  3. Squeeze the sausages from their skins creating meatball like chunks. Heat oil in a pan and add the sausages
  4. Bring salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to packet
  5. Once the sausages are browned, add half of the fresh basil followed by the tomato sauce with a ladle of pasta water
  6. Add the pasta directly into the pan and coat with sauce – you may want to add more pasta water at this stage to make sure the sauce coats the pasta well
  7. Serve with fresh basil & a sprinkling of parmesan!

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