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Jools’ Pregnant Pasta

With the use of a food processor, this dish created a tasty ragu sauce in under 30 minutes. 


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Jools’ Pregnant Pasta
February 26, 2012
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Jools’ Pregnant Pasta

So after my friend Cherrie had been cooking practically non-stop from Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals cookbook, I started watching the TV show and now want to cook everything from the cookbook.

This recipe is by Jamie Oliver’s wife. As the name suggests, this recipe was born out of Jools’ pregnancy cravings when she was expecting. 

The pasta sauce itself is full of flavour, considering you are essentially making a ragu in 30 minutes, when they usually take hours to make. And let me tell you, this tastes even better the next day for leftovers!


Ingredients for Jools' Pregnant Pasta
Jools' Pregnant Pasta
Jools' Pregnant Pasta
Jools' Pregnant Pasta

Jools Oliver’s Pregnant Pasta

Print Recipe
Servings 6


  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 carrot1 stick of celery
  • 1–2 fresh red chillies
  • 1 x 6-pack of good-quality sausages(approx. 400g)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 500g dried penne
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • a few sprigs of Greek basil, or regular basil


  • Get all your ingredients and equipment ready. Fill and boil the kettle. Put a large frying pan on a high heat. Put the standard blade attachment into the food processor.
  • Trim the spring onions, carrot and celery. Roughly chop all the vegetables, then blitz in the food processor with the chillies (stalks removed). Add the sausages, a heaped teaspoon of fennel seeds and one teaspoon of oregano. Keep pulsing until well mixed, then spoon this mixture into the hot frying pan with a lug of olive oil, breaking it up and stirring as you go. Keep checking on it and stirring while you get on with other jobs.
  • Put a large deep saucepan on a low heat and fill with boiled water. Fill and re-boil the kettle. Top up the saucepan with more boiled water if needed. Season well, then add the penne and cook according to packet instructions, with the lid askew. Drain the pasta, reserving about a wine glass worth of the cooking water.
  • Crush the cloves of garlic into the sausage mixture and stir in the balsamic vinegar and tinned tomatoes. Add a little of the starchy cooking water from the pasta to loosen if needed.
  • Tip the pasta into the pan of sauce and give it a gentle stir, adding enough of the cooking water to bring it to a silky consistency. Taste, correct the seasoning, then tip into a large serving bowl and take straight to the table with the rest of the Parmesan for grating over. Scatter over a few basil leaves. 


Recipe from Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver
Jools' Pregnant Pasta

Post updated 21 July 2020.


20 comments on “Jools’ Pregnant Pasta
  1. Kat (Spatula, Spoon and Saturday)

    Love the new heading! 😀

    I have so many Jamie cookbooks that I feel like I should do a Jamie cook-through.

    February 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm
  2. Mez

    Heyyyyyyyyyyyy that looks awesome!!!
    I got Foxtel brainwashed into a 30min meal marathon yesterday… and now want to cook everything too… My only gripe with his 30 min meals is if you cooked the whole 30 min meal (main, sides, dessert) you could potentially be spending around $100 for all the ingredients (this is based on a meal I saw yesterday).

    Apart from that, yes, yes I want to cook everything too!!!


    February 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      I never thought about the cost! Only seen a few eps though. Now I’m paying attention to the cost!

      February 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm
  3. kristy @ ksayerphoto

    This looks delicious, Shellie! 🙂

    February 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm
  4. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I love the idea of using sausages-I used to do that to make meatballs as they’re already flavoured. But this looks even easier-love it Shellie! 🙂

    February 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm
  5. Esz

    Hmm I wouldn’t say $100 for a meal from the book but it isn’t cheap some of the time. Eg – the cuts of meat can be quite dear and if you don’t have your own herb garden, all those herbs are pretty expensive.
    I would say closer to $50-60. But the portions are always for 4 people or more and its a BIG meal. So in that respect, I think it’s not an excessive price to pay for how good the food is.

    Anyways – I just love Jamie and he’s doing such an awesome job actually trying to change how people think about food. His recipes have a distinct “Jamie” flavour and it’s amazing how much complexity in taste you can achieve in such a short amount of time using his recipes.
    The format of the book is really neat too, in that it’s not just single recipes, but he teaches you how to make the whole meal in the order it should be made in.

    February 26, 2012 at 6:29 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Portion size is great 🙂 Must say, I love having my own herb garden!

      February 28, 2012 at 7:29 pm
  6. Michelle chin

    Why is it called the pregnant pasta? Hahaha

    February 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      It was invented whilst Jamie’s wife Jools was preggers and wanted a nice ragu in about 20 mins

      February 28, 2012 at 7:29 pm
  7. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    Hhahaha I love the name of the pasta hehe ‘Jool’s Pregnant pasta’ 😛 I love Jamie Olivers easy recipes ~ especially the ones in his Food Revolution cookbook! Haven’t got the 30 minute one yet ~

    February 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm
  8. Nic@diningwithastud

    I adore his 30 minute meals. Fab recipes and they actually do take 30 minutes. The washing up however….. lol

    February 27, 2012 at 9:20 am
  9. tania@mykitchenstories

    Hes always good value. I love his 30 minute meals. Your version looks great

    February 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm
  10. Sara (Belly Rumbles)

    Quick and sounds so tasty, love quick meals!

    February 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm
  11. thelittleloaf

    We have that book and I’ve made this recipe lots of times – it’s so good! Got to love a Jamie Oliver recipe 🙂

    February 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm
  12. Nicole Schuman

    I love the recipe’s name.. Jool’s Pregnant Pasta. 🙂 And it really looks so yummy.. Thank for sharing your recipe!

    February 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm
  13. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    I thought this might be a hidden message post 😉 no iron chef baby on the way? hehe.
    Heidi xo

    March 3, 2012 at 11:42 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      haha no no!! 🙂

      March 5, 2012 at 9:18 am
  14. Ms.Harrison

    Yummy! I think I’m getting pregnant when I see this delicious “pregnant pasta”… : lol:

    March 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm

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