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Italian sausage and red wine meatballs with spaghetti

This easy spaghetti and meatballs recipe is a great option for a quick weeknight dinner – it makes six sausages into a delicious meal for six in just over half an hour
Italian sausage and red wine meatballs with spaghetti



1.Place a large frying pan on the stove. Use your fingers to squeeze the sausage meat in rough nuggets into the pan (aim for about six even-sized balls from each sausage). Brown the balls lightly, only add oil if they are sticking to the pan.
2.While the balls are browning, chop the onion and garlic and add to the pan, cooking gently until softened.
3.When the onion and garlic are soft, add the wine to the pan and cook until evaporated.
4.While the wine is reducing, prepare a pot of water to cook the pasta.
5.Add the passata and brown sugar to the frying pan and stir in the oregano and basil. Simmer gently for 10-15 minutes.
6.Cool the pasta till al dente. Reserve a little of the cooking water and add a splash to the meatball mixture to give it a little gloss.
7.Serve the meatballs and sauce over the pasta with plenty of parmesan and some fresh parsley or basil scattered over the top. A salad and some crusty bread are good accompaniments.

Omit the parmesan in this recipe to make it a dairy-free meal. Use gluten-free sausages and gluten-free pasta to make this into a GF meal. Cooked spaghetti squash (or vegetable spaghetti) is a lower calorie and carb alternative to pasta. You could use an Italian seasoned sausage for this recipe, but any good herby meaty sausage will work.


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