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Fusilli with Sausage Ragu

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A hearty, pasta sauce made from everyday, store cupboard ingredients

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  • Serves 4

  • Prep time 15 mins

  • Cooking time 30 mins

  • Total time 45 mins

  • Calories 915 per serving

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 400g (14oz) premium quality British pork sausages
  • 1 heaped tsp fennel seeds
  • Good pinch chilli flakes
  • 1 heaped tsp tomato puree
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 150ml (1/4 pt) double cream
  • 500g (1 lb 2oz) fusilli pasta
  • 1 tbsp flat leaved parsley, chopped
  • Freshly grated Parmesan to serve

Preparation

Make sure your store cupboard is stocked up with herbs, because this is a great pasta recipe for using up ingredients from the fridge without needing much forward planning. With a base of sausages and chopped tomatoes, it is a cheap and satisfying midweek meal. The creamy, meaty sauce is incredibly comforting, and makes a really filling crowd pleaser for the whole family.
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, add the onion and sweat for 5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Remove the skin from the sausages and crumble the meat. Add the sausage meat to the saucepan, along with the fennel seeds and chilli flakes and cook, stirring and breaking up the sausage meat with the back of a spoon until lightly browned

  2. Add the tomato puree and chopped tomatoes. Season well with salt and pepper.  Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce for fifteen minutes. Finally stir in the cream and cook for a further five minutes until thick.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain the pasta well, return to the pan and pour over the sauce. Add the parsley and stir well. Divide between four warmed bowls and serve immediately with plenty of grated Parmesan.