Pasta with spicy sausage and cream

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By: Rachel Allen From: Market Kitchen

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.69 / 5 (194 votes)

Prep time:
10 min
Cook time:
25 min

Rachel Allen cooks a comforting family meal with Irish chorizo


1. Melt the butter or olive oil in a large saucepan and add the chopped tomatoes, garlic and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper and a pinch of sugar. Cook the tomatoes until they have begun to soften, or for about 5 minutes.

2. Add the sausage to the pan with the chilli flakes, cream and half the chopped parsley. Allow to simmer with the lid off until the mixture has reduced by half, 10-20 minutes, stirring frequently. Take off the heat and check and adjust the seasoning.

3. Meanwhile cook the pasta in a large pan of salted boiling water until it is slightly al dente (8-10 minutes). Once cooked, drain and toss with the sauce.

4. Plate the pasta in a big serving bowl and scatter with the grated parmesan cheese and the rest of the parsley and serve immediately.


  • 25 g butter or olive oil
  • 700 g freshripe tomatoes, peeled and roughly chopped – or 2 x 400g tins of tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated or crushed
  • 2 tsp chopped rosemary
  • sugar
  • 225 g kabanossi sausage or chorizo, sliced into ½ cm rounds
  • pinches dried red chilli flakes
  • 175 ml single cream
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 500 g farfalle, rigatoni or penne
  • 4 tbsp grated parmesan

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Latest Comment


Found it easy and quick to make, was very nice and i will make again

Shazza 71 Shazza 71  Posted 11 Jan 2012 4:25 PM

We absoluteley loved this one... I chucked a chopped onion and cooked with the garlic before adding the tomatoes. Simply delicious..

Ninotchka Ninotchka  Posted 15 Apr 2011 5:44 PM

very easy and tasty, I chucked cumin, mustard seeds and chili flakes in with the onions at start and some other veg along with cauliflower - yummy!

Scottydog Scottydog  Posted 13 Apr 2011 11:16 PM

I was a little worried after I added the cream it turned a strange orange colour, but once it reduced it came out superb. Needed to put more chilli flakes in though.

MichaelC46217 MichaelC46217 Posted 20 Jan 2011 7:14 PM

This is our favourite pasta dish. So simple to prepare and really tasty.I used tinned cherry tomatoes last week when making the dish and thought they were very good.

tpo chef tpo chef Posted 19 Nov 2010 3:35 PM

oodabooboo oodabooboo Posted 07 Oct 2010 7:56 PM

this is an excellent dish, very very delicious, easy to make and especially for a dinner party for friends.. Certainly not low fat but it is a real treat....

gillianD8850 gillianD8850 Posted 17 May 2010 4:16 PM

I've just made this with frankfurter sausages, and it was delicious. As with other comments, I also added slightly more-than-suggested chilli flakes. Very tasty and cheap to make

oodabooboo oodabooboo Posted 03 Mar 2010 4:30 PM

This dish is delicious my whole family loved it and it was quite easy to make, I did put in a little extra chilli flakes. We had it with some hot garlic bread. This is one i,ll be making again A 1.

markH95255 markH95255 Posted 10 Feb 2010 7:53 PM

i thought this was great tasting quick and easy and got great reviews from my friends so a winner

williamH25680 williamH25680 Posted 02 Feb 2010 8:52 AM

I love this recipe, it's so easy to make and tastes delicious. I didnt have enough chorizo left so added smoked bacon lardons and extra chillies as we like it hot and have made it this way ever since. I also add a few cherry tomatoes in at the end so there is a bit of extra crunch. Try it and you'll make it forever, yummy!

Bagsey Bagsey Posted 25 Jan 2010 7:07 PM

Not the healthiest thing in the world but as Nick says, it's very moreish! Yum! *saved*

davidthomson davidthomson Posted 19 Jan 2010 12:52 PM

Really delicious and quick. Will definetly be making it once a week.

lishajo lishajo Posted 19 Dec 2009 4:58 PM

My girlfriend and i tried this recipe on the off chance and we loved it, so tasty! i now cannot stop making it!

Jamie Oliver's Stunt Double Jamie Oliver's Stunt Double Posted 06 Dec 2009 12:42 AM

Delicious - serves 6? Hardly, more like three as it is very moreish.

NickM15416 NickM15416 Posted 25 Nov 2009 7:52 PM

A quick and tasty weeknight pasta dish. Mr W gave it a thumbs up!!

Mitsy2k Mitsy2k Posted 29 Sep 2009 6:56 PM

Really easy to make and tasted really fresh & lovely - would def make again

wendyC11938 wendyC11938 Posted 27 Sep 2009 4:58 PM

so easy, could make this anywhere without reading the recipe

UKTV Food User UKTV Food User Posted 27 Aug 2009 7:24 PM

Fantastically simple dish with tremendous flavour. Will definitely make this again.

seanS19772 seanS19772 Posted 07 Aug 2009 8:13 PM

we have just had this for dinner it was delicous a hit with us all i will recommend this to my family and friends
julie from penarth

julieJ19506 julieJ19506 Posted 29 Jul 2009 6:13 PM

cant wait to try this recipe,Off to the kitchen NOW !

dianaR72971 dianaR72971 Posted 26 Jul 2009 3:57 PM

This dish is absoluetly tasty and easy to make. I will be making the on a regular basis. All the family loved it!!

queenbea queenbea Posted 14 May 2009 10:33 AM

I love this meal, I like to cook it on special occassions, although I make mine separately with veggie sausages!

rosie 21 rosie 21 Posted 14 Mar 2009 10:23 PM

it was really really good, a fab supper dish ( i went really heavy on the parsley )

maxineB21322 maxineB21322 Posted 13 Nov 2008 6:43 PM

A fantastic tasting simple dish. Go on, give it a try.

steveg20030 steveg20030 Posted 29 Oct 2008 6:16 PM

I agree, it sound fantastic. I have just printed this off and will be sending a copy to my daughter who is a student at university.

HelenH22951 HelenH22951 Posted 04 Oct 2008 3:44 PM

Cant wait to try this. looks lovely!!

Bengourlady Bengourlady Posted 03 Oct 2008 3:58 PM