25 October 2012

* Penne Milano

Yesterday I spent my entire day off, on my feet and they are now threatening to go on strike, so tonight's dinner had to be something quick and simple. I settled on pasta, with crumbled sausages and a rich, creamy tomato and rosemary sauce (sounds complicated but it isn't) because yesterdays dinner was anything but easy...

I had invited my mum over for a curry night - with all the odds and sods to accompany it - and when I'd finally got the table laid up with all the food, Neil just had to pass the comment that "It would have been easier if you'd dished it out"...

...NOT a bad thing when taken on it's own - but add it to the catalogue of "What no dumplings? What no cheese in my mash? No garlic bread with my chilli?" and my all time favourite "What no onions in my gravy?" - the proverbial was bound to hit the fan.

... man hath no fury than a woman who hath goneth to a lot of troubleth only to be toldeth that man wouldeth have liked hith dinner therved up on a thilver platter... eth.


Ever seen a man wearing a Chicken Tikka hat?

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Serves 4 

Prep time - 5 minutes
Cooking time - 30 minutes

You will need
A frying pan/skillet
A pot to cook pasta in

300g dried penne (or other tubular pasta)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 red onion - sliced
8 Italian Style Sausages - casings removed
250ml passata
250ml beef stock
1 tbsp fresh rosemary - chopped
1/4 tsp chilli flakes
100ml double cream
2 tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley - chopped
30g Parmesan - grated

In the skillet heat the oil and gently fry the red onion until begging to turn golden - about 5 minutes. Add the sausage meat and cook until browned - about 4 minutes, then add the passata, stock, rosemary and chilli flakes and cook on a low heat for 15 - 20 minutes until the sausage is cooked and the sauce reduced.

Cook pasta according to packet instructions.

When the sauce is ready, add the cream and parsley, mix it in and add the cooked pasta. Stir to coat in the sauce, then serve immediately scattered with fresh Parmesan.



  1. Hi Abbe,
    I like your site and your recipes. I just made your Penne Milano and I added some capers to it, which I think put a little twist on your already good dish...

    1. Oh that's lovely - thankyou. I imagine capers brightened the dish considerably - I'll have to give that a go next time I make it :D


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