Today I experimented with a quick and easy variation of the all time family favourite, bolognese. This is the perfect fast fix for people always on the go, as it took me less than 20 minutes to cook. Not only speedy to make its cost effective, as I used very few ingredients and ended up making use of things I had left over at the end of the week.
The dish is light, delicate and a warm pleasure to the tastebuds. I prepared this meal for two people, but you could easily double up ingredients and feed four.
3tbsp of Olive Oil
1 garlic clove peeled and chopped
1 small onion peeled and finely diced
220grams of cherry tomatoes – halved
4 large good quality pork sausages (if Italian sausages are not available)
180g of fresh egg pasta tagliatelli
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Sea salt and ground black pepper
A small pinch of chilli flakes
1.) Add olive oil to large frying pan, add in the onions and garlic and sweat down for five minutes until soft. Remove sausage meat from the skins, add to the pan and brown for five minutes. Remember to break up the sausage meat as you fry it, so that it resembles mince.
2.) Cook tagliatelli in boiling salted water until al dente or to liking.
3.) At this stage the sausage meat should be slightly coloured, add in the halved tomatoes, some seasoning and the chill flakes to the pan. Continue to cook over a medium heat for five minutes until the tomatoes break down. Add a few tablespoons of pasta water to the pan as it cooks to create a sauce.
4.) Use tongues to remove cooked pasta and place it directly into the pan with the sauce. Toss well and adjust the seasoning to taste mixing in a small handful of grated parmesan.
5) Serve up into pasta bowls and garnish with desired amounts of Parmesan cheese and enjoy.