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Prepare a delectable Sausage Pasta in a flash by using Italian sausages, chopped into bite-sized portions resembling mini meatballs, and toss them in a rich tomato pasta sauce. This dish promises a swift and exceptionally flavorful dinner that will undoubtedly become a favorite in your repertoire!

Pasta Sausage Pasta

Now, it’s time to select the next FREE eCookbook! As we approach the final Monday of August, it’s time for another installment of Monday Meatball Mania*, a tradition my friend Jo from Jo Cooks and I established at the start of 2017. Every last Monday of the month, we each unveil a unique meatball recipe. You might wonder why we do this – well, for one, it’s a source of great amusement for us, and secondly, because we share a mutual love for ball-shaped culinary creations and believe the world could use more of them. As for this Sausage Pasta, it wasn’t originally intended to be my meatball-themed recipe for this month. However, the discovery that chopped sausages bear a striking resemblance to mini meatballs was too enticing to resist!

I mean, what a clever way to craft “meatballs,” don’t you think? Simply chop up sausages! Admittedly, the process can get a bit messy and smeary when you’re slicing them – mine certainly did – but once they hit the skillet, they firm up and transform into perfect little balls.

  • Monday Meatball Mania is a quirky tradition that my friend Jo and I initiated back in 2017. Every last Monday of the month, we both share a meatball recipe. Why do we do this, you ask? a) Primarily for our own amusement, and b) Because we share a genuine fondness for spherical foods and believe there should be more of them in the culinary world.

Now, when it comes to the sausages that form the flavor foundation of the sauce for this Sausage Pasta, please steer clear of the basic, budget-friendly sausages you might find at the supermarket! Let me clarify that I am by no means a sausage snob. I’ve even been known to seek out sausage sizzles at charity events on weekends.

However, there’s a time and place for different types of sausages, and in this particular recipe, it’s crucial to opt for a high-quality – or at least decent – sausage. Here’s a tip to distinguish between good sausages and those not suited for this dish: inexpensive sausages typically exhibit a uniform pink hue because they contain a blend of meat and fillers. In contrast, good sausages will display a varied color profile, showcasing specks of fat and occasionally seasonings.

These days, supermarkets offer excellent sausages that consist primarily of pure meat with little to no fillers. Personally, I favor Italian sausages due to their delightful flavor, but you’re free to choose any high-quality sausages that pique your interest.

This Sausage Pasta recipe is ideal for a quick and satisfying meal. Begin by bringing the pasta water to a boil, and concurrently, kickstart the sauce. Once the pasta is in the boiling water, the sauce will happily simmer away. If you’re up for some multitasking, you’ll have this delightful dinner ready to serve in just over 15 minutes.

Sausage Pasta

Sausage Pasta

Prepare a delectable Sausage Pasta in a flash by using Italian sausages, chopped into bite-sized portions resembling mini meatballs, and toss them in a rich tomato pasta sauce. This dish promises a swift and exceptionally flavorful dinner that will undoubtedly become a favorite in your repertoire!
prep time
10 mins
cooking time
20 mins
total time
30 mins



  • 250 g / 0.5 lb spiral pasta (Note 1)

  • 500 g / 1 lb good Italian sausages , or other quality sausages of choice

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 small onion , finely chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves , minced

  • 800 g / 28 oz crushed tomato (or tomato passata)

  • 1 tsp chilli flakes / red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 - 2 big handfuls baby spinach (optional)


  • Basil leaves , finely sliced

  • Parmesan


Begin by bringing a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package but reduce the cooking time by 1 to 2 minutes.
Just before you drain the pasta, remember to set aside 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Then, proceed to drain the pasta.
Employ a sharp knife to cut the sausages into approximately 1.5cm (3/5 inch) chunks. Don't be concerned if they appear somewhat messy and the pieces aren't perfectly shaped—this will resolve itself during the cooking process.
Heat some oil in a generously sized skillet over high heat. Add the sausages and cook until they attain a satisfying brown exterior; there's no need to ensure they are completely cooked through at this stage.
Introduce the onion and garlic into the skillet and sauté for about 2 minutes, or until the onion turns translucent and the sausages achieve a deep brown color.
Incorporate the tomato, chili flakes, a pinch of salt, and pepper into the mixture. Stir well and reduce the heat to medium. Allow it to simmer energetically for approximately 8 minutes, or until it thickens considerably. Stir occasionally during this process.
If you're using baby spinach, add it to the skillet, followed by the drained pasta and approximately 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta cooking water. Toss everything together rapidly, taking no longer than 1 minute to prevent the pasta from breaking.
Remove the skillet from the stove and serve promptly, garnishing each plate with ample basil and Parmesan. Enjoy!


In my experience, 250g (about 0.5 lb) of spiral pasta is sufficient to serve four people due to its tendency to expand more in volume compared to strand pastas, owing to its unique shape. If you wish to use a larger quantity of pasta, consider adding approximately 1 tablespoon of tomato paste and 1/4 cup of water for every extra 50g (about 2 oz) of pasta. Feel free to select any pasta shape you prefer! Cooking Instructions: Start by filling a large pot with water and let it come to a boil. While it's heating up, proceed to chop and brown the sausages. Then, as the pasta cooks, work on finishing the sauce. If you can handle this multitasking approach, you'll have this dish ready to serve in just a little over 15 minutes! Here's the nutritional breakdown per serving, calculated based on four servings.
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