Instant meatballs with penne pasta

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only
Meatballs are always a surefire winner for family meals – made with sausages in this recipe for something different

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:15 mins
    Ready in 25 minutes
  • Serves 2
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 964
  • fat 53g
  • saturates 16g
  • carbs 88g
  • sugars 8g
  • fibre 7g
  • protein 39g
  • salt 3.14g


  • 200g penne pasta
  • 3 fat sausages
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g bag spinach
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 50g parmesan, grated


Italian-style sausages
Spicy Italian-style add great authentic flavour if you like things a bit hotter. If you can't find any, add a pinch of dried chilli flakes to ordinary sausagemeat.


  1. Cook the pasta according to pack instructions. Meanwhile, squeeze the sausages from their skins, then roughly break the meat into 12 pieces. Roll into balls.

  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the sausage balls, then cook over a medium heat until golden, about 5 mins. Pile the spinach on top of the sausage balls and cook, stirring frequently, for 2-3 mins until completely wilted. Season with a little salt and plenty of ground black pepper, then toss in the toasted pine nuts.

  3. Add the drained pasta to the sausages and spinach, then toss well, adding half the parmesan. Serve spooned into individual serving bowls with the rest of the parmesan scattered on top.

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