I have to confess that I’ve found making dinner a very pain staking experience lately. My boys are starting to turn their noses up at dishes they’ve wolfed down with enthusiasm in the past. One day they love it, the next day they don’t like it anymore.
What to do? It’s enough to turn a frazzled Mum to open the wine long before is deemed acceptable on a week day….!
Luckily this is one dish they both seem to enjoy . It’s simple, quick, inexpensive and guarantees clean plates all round. Which makes for a happy Mum!
Saucy Sausage Meatball Pasta
serves 4 generously
8 pork sausages
One onion, chopped
One clove garlic, crushed
One 400g tin chopped tomatoes
Salt and pepper
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp each basil & oregano or 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
Just under half a large bag pasta twists or penne (sorry about the vague amount – I never weigh pasta, I just throw it in! You’ll know yourself how much pasta your family can plough through – it won’t make much difference to this recipe! If you find you’ve cooked too much, you can always keep some aside to make a pasta salad for lunches the next day)
A handful grated cheese – cheddar, mozzarella or parmesan are all good with this recipe – my lot prefer mozzarella because of its melting qualities!
I find it easier to get on with the sauce first. In a medium saucepan, gently cook the chopped onion for five minutes until it begins to soften. Add the garlic and continue to gently cook for a few minutes. Pour in the chopped tomatoes, sugar, herbs and salt and pepper. Place a lid on the pan and leave to simmer while you get on with the sausages and the pasta.
Place a large saucepan of water on the hob to boil for your pasta.
Gently heat a little oil in a frying pan. Squeeze the sausage meat from their skins and form into little meatballs. Gently fry the meatballs, turning until they start to brown. Cook for about 10-15 minutes. By now your sauce should be nicely thickened. Taste it to check if it needs any more salt, pepper or sugar (tinned tomatoes can be very acidic) and add your cooked sausage meatballs. Leave covered on a very low heat while your pasta cooks. Once the pasta is ready, drain and return to the pan. Add the sausage meatballs and sauce and give everything a good stir. Stir in the grated cheese and let it melt a little before serving.