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Tuesday 16 April 2013

Sausage Pesto Pasta

I often get near tea time and realise that I haven't given what we're going to eat a single thought. This is one of those fail safe recipes that I often fall back on at times like that. It can be whipped up in no time and everyone loves it. I've even been known to cook it for friends after a few drinks in the pub instead of getting a takeaway, as it's quicker, especially if you have sausages already cooked.

It can be made with whatever cooked meat you have really, leftover bbq pork chops or chicken are a favourite, along with roasted peppers, mushrooms and olives. It's a great dish for a family meal or with friends as it can be placed in the centre of the table and everyone can help themselves - I love an excuse to use my lovely big bowl!

This time I used pork & sweet chilli sausages and added fresh tomatoes and baby sweetcorn, because those are the 3 ingredients in the Swallow's Recipes for Life challenge this month. You can read more about the challenge on their website here (where you will see that little ol' me gets a mention) and on Bangers & Mash, who's hosting the challenge.

Sausage Pesto Pasta - serves 4-5

375g dried pasta - I used tricolour fusili
454g Sausages - I used pork & sweet chilli
150g Baby corn, each cut into 3
150g Baby plum toms, halved
75g Red pesto 
Grana Padano or Parmesan to serve

  • Cook the sausages in the oven, grill or even barbecue them - I use a cast iron griddle pan - until they're cooked through & browned on the outside
  • Boil the pasta as per the directions on the pack, adding the corn 1 minute from the end. I usually cook pasta for around 1-2 minutes less than stated otherwise the it can fall apart.
  • Drain the pasta & corn & stir the pesto through it
  • Add the tomatoes & sausage & serve with grated Grana Padano or Parmesan

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  1. This looks fab. I know my kids would love this too. Another fabulous entry for Recipes for Life. Thanks so much Helen :)

  2. Elaine Livingstone17 April 2013 at 08:27

    I love these throw it in the pan need little measuring to work recipes. sounds good, and as you say much better than a takeaway. Well done on your win last month, I dont like beetroot so didnt join in but this months looks good.

  3. cant beat those last minute fail safe meal recipes! i would like this x

  4. looks delish x

  5. This is amazing and has become one of our family favourites x


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