Sunday, March 6, 2011

Jamie Oliver's Sausage Ragu Pasta - My version


Hi everyone, 

I have been really into watching Jamie's 30 minute meals these days. I am a really big fan of Jamie Oliver's cooking as they are really simple to make yet full of flavours!!!

This is my variation of the pork sausage ragu which he makes for his wife when she was pregnant (Jool's pregnant pasta dish).

4 spring onions, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, grated
1 stick celery, grated
1-2 fresh red chillies, finely chopped
1 x 6 pack good quality sausages (approx. 500g) (I used Coles Angus Beef sausages with garlic and removed the sausage meat from the skin, in Jamie's original recipe, he used pork sausages and added 1 heaped teaspoon of fennel seeds)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
500g Penne
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp of olive oil
Grated Parmesan and chilli flakes to serve
a few sprigs basil

  1. In a large frying pan on high heat, add olive oil, onion, spring onion, carrots, celery and chilli, sausages and oregano. Cook for about 10 minutes until meat is brown. Remember to keep breaking down the sausage meat as you are cooking.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the Penne pasta in boiling water with a bit of salt until cooked to your liking.
  3. Add crush garlics and balsamic vinegar to the sausages and cooked until balsamic vinegar reduces and thickens.
  4. Add can tomatoes to sausages and season with salt and pepper if need. Simmer for another 10 minutes until pasta is cooked. Add cooked pasta to sauce and about 1/2 cup of the starchy water from cooking the pasta to help the sauce and pasta stick together better.
  5. Garnish with basil, grated parmesan cheese and chilli flakes if desire.
We made 3 times the quantity for a family gathering and it was absolutely delicious : ) !!!
Il be posting up the desserts we made that night in my next post so remember to keep following me k!!

Happy eating!!

Fat Pom Pom


  1. Looks so yummy, i'm expecting to try this real soon :P

  2. Pasta's always a winner for me!!!! :D

  3. GREAT RECIPE! food looks fab, def going to try it out someday!

  4. This was delicious! We had a lot left over, but I remember that Jamie said remainders could be used as a pasta bake. That will be tomorrow's supper!

  5. Hi lovetocook!! Yes this is definitely delicious and a regular on my dinner menu at home :) thanks for the comment!

  6. So yummy I added some baby spinach and it was delicous my sons loved it and so did my husband and they are incredibly fussy eaters!

  7. Thank you for the comment Mrs Anonymous, glad that yours turned out delicious & ur family loved it : ) I will try adding spinach next time I make this too!

  8. Made this the other night using organic pork, fennel and mushroom sausages. Garnished with fresh grated parmesan and basil from our garden. It was SPECTACULAR. Had been looking for this recipe for ages, thanks so much!

    1. You are most welcome Skye, glad the recipe turned out perfect for you :)

    2. i made it just like jamie and it was the best thing i have ever had my boyfriend and the kids love it thats all they ask for now

    3. Glad to hear you & your family enjoyed the recipe!

  9. fantastic recipe, very tasty, had leftovers but couldn't resist and ate the lot!

  10. Thanks for the comment Amanda! hehe i hardly have any leftovers for the next day too :)

  11. just made this, but doubled the carrot and celery and also grated in a courgette, then added 2 cartons of passata instead of canned toms plus 2 sliced peppers to bulk up the veg - delish and enough for tea for 4 tonight plus another portion for the freezer!