Sausage pasta sauce


Most kids (and adults for that matter) love pasta, and would probably eat it every night of the week given the chance. Try a regular pasta night once a week, and enjoy beautifully fresh handmade spelt pasta from the local pasta shop.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 cooked sausages, thinly sliced
  • 800 g crushed tomatoes (2 tins)
  • 2 whole roasted red peppers, diced
  • 20 kalamata olives, chopped
  • 600 g pasta
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chilli flakes or fresh chopped chilli (optional)
  • 50 g parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 handful basil leaves


1Bring a large pot of water to the boil. While waiting for the water to boil, heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat.

2Add onion and cook for a few minutes until softened, then add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

3Add sausage slices, cooking until slightly browned and crisp, then add tomato and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and add red pepper and olives.

4Cook for 10-15 minutes until sauce thickens.

5Once water is boiling, add pasta and cook for required time. Fresh pasta will only take about 4-5 minutes. For dried pasta, follow the directions on the packet.

6Just before serving, add balsamic vinegar to the sauce and cook for a further 2 minutes.

7Add drained pasta and toss to coat.

8Serve with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, basil and chilli if desired.

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