So I am continuing my series of making Jamie Oliver's 30 minute meals, today was Jools Pasta. It's a meal Jamie originally made for his wife when pregnant, she wanted a traditional slow cooked ragú in the space of few minutes rather than waiting hours, Jamie came up with this tasty meal. I made it for Joanne's family and they absolutely loved it which made me happy.
Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes
You will need
4 spring onions
1 stick of celery
1-2 fresh red chillies
1 x 6-pack of good-quality sausages (approx. 400g)
1 heaped tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp dried oregano
500g dried penne
4 cloves of garlic
4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
A few sprigs of Greek basil, or regular basil
1. Get all your ingredients and equipment ready. Turn your oven to 190°C/375°F/gas mark 5. Fill and boil the kettle. Put a large frying pan on a high heat. Put the standard blade attachment into the food processor.
2. Trim the spring onions, carrot and celery. Roughly chop all the vegetables, then blitz in the food processor with the chillies (stalks removed). Add the sausages, a heaped teaspoon of fennel seeds and one teaspoon of oregano. Keep pulsing until well mixed, then spoon this mixture into the hot frying pan with a lug of olive oil, breaking it up and stirring as you go. Keep checking on it and stirring while you get on with other jobs.
3. Put a large deep saucepan on a low heat and fill with boiled water. Fill and re-boil the kettle. Top up the saucepan with more boiled water if needed. Season well, then add the penne and cook according to packet instructions, with the lid askew. Drain the pasta, reserving about a wine glass worth of the cooking water.
4. Crush the cloves of garlic into the sausage mixture and stir in the balsamic vinegar and tinned tomatoes. Add a little of the starchy cooking water from the pasta to loosen if needed.
5. Tip the pasta into the pan of sauce and give it a gentle stir, adding enough of the cooking water to bring it to a silky consistency. Taste, correct the seasoning, then tip into a large serving bowl and take straight to the table with the rest of the Parmesan for grating over. Scatter over a few basil leaves.
Hope you enjoy it!