Italian sausage and chestnut pasta


This is so tasty and quick to make. It serves 4 so I made the whole recipe and froze half for a delicious cheats supper at a later date.

1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
450g pack Lincolnshire sausages, meat squeezed out
200g vacuum-packed chestnuts from a can or jar, very roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp chopped rosemary
1 tsp fennel seed
1 glass full-bodied red wine
500g carton passata
500g large pasta shells or pappardelle
small pack curly parsley, finely chopped
Parmesan or Grana Padano, to serve

Heat the oil in a large frying pan, and fry the onion for 5 mins. Once starting to soften, add the sausagemeat and chestnuts, and fry for another 10-12 mins, breaking the meat up with a wooden spatula or spoon as you fry it. Keep the heat quite high and stir often.
When the meat and chestnuts are golden brown, add the garlic, rosemary and fennel seeds, and cook for 2 mins more. Splash in the wine, let most of it boil away, then tip in the passata. Cover and simmer the sauce for 10 mins while you boil the pasta in plenty of salted water, following pack instructions.
Reserve a cup of the pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta well. Toss the pasta, 3 tbsp of the water, the ragu and most of the parsley together, then season to taste. Share between bowls, add a grinding of black pepper, the remaining parsley, then a handful of Parmesan shavings.

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