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Spicy sausage pasta

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta
Servings: 2 people


  • 6 good quality pork sausages
  • rapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/4 tsp habanero chilli flakes
  • 1.5 tsp dried oregano
  • 200 ml white wine
  • 150 grams pasta of your choice (we used wholewheat penne)
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • good pinch of black pepper
  • 25 grams grated Parmesan, plus more to serve


  • Remove the skins from your sausages. Add a little rapeseed oil to a large pan and bring up to a medium heat. Add the sausages and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon as you go along, until just cooked through. When broken up, they should resemble mince.
  • Crush the fennel seeds with a pestle and mortar, and add these and the chilli flakes to the sausages. Stir well, and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the oregano and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring.
  • Pour in the white wine and stir well, using it to deglaze the bottom of the pan. Turn the heat down and simmer until the wine has reduced by around a half, about 6-7 minutes.
  • After this time, start to cook the pasta as per the packet instructions.
  • Add the lemon juice and zest to your sausage mix, along with a good pinch of black pepper, and stir well. Just before the pasta has finished cooking, stir the Parmesan into the sausages.
  • Drain your pasta once cooked, but leave a little water clinging to it. Add to the sauce, stir well, and serve, topped with more Parmesan and with a green salad on the side.