I love boshing together pasta dishes, making them up as I go along, and this one turned out a beauty! This dish provides a fabulous base sauce and is versatile to use any meat/vegetables that you may have in your fridge to suit! It’s super easy, and only 430 calories per portion which is amazingly low for such a tasty, filling meal. Perfect for all the family too. Why would you not give this a go?
Ingredients (for 3 people);
- 6 chicken chipolata sausages, chopped into bitesize chunks (super low calorie + much healthier than your average pork sausage)
- 400g tin chopped tomatoes (one with added herbs is extra tasty)
- 2 x peppers, diced finely
- 170g penne pasta
- 2 tsp “lazy chopped chilli”
- 1/2 shot of black garlic pasta or 2 garlic cloves crushed
- 1 large onion, diced finely
- 2 handfuls baby spinach (optional)
- 1 large handful fresh basil, chopped roughly
- 30g Parmigiano Reggiano cheese or any Italian hard cheese to serve
Method (Approx. 30 mins altogether);
- Add the diced onion + peppers with some low calorie oil to a large saucepan on a medium heat for approx. 5 mins until softened.
- Add the chopped sausages to the pan with the softened vegetables for approx. 5 minutes until browned slightly and cooked through.
- Now add the garlic and chopped chilli to the pan for a minute or so, then pour in the chopped tomatoes adding a little water. Give everything a good mix, season well and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes. Meanwhile, put your pasta on to cook according to packet instructions (usually 12 – 15 mins in boiling water).
- Once the pasta is cooked, drain and then add to the large saucepan with the sausage in sauce. If you’re adding spinach to the dish, add at this point also, as well as half the fresh chopped basil. Give everything a good stir and let it warm through for a minute or so until the spinach is wilted.
- Serve up your gorgeous sausage + pepper pasta into bowls and top with the hard cheese and remaining basil and enjoy 🙂
Please do give my slurping-good recipe a go, you won’t be disappointed! It certainly went down well in my house. Let me know what you think, I’d love to receive your feedback.