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!
Jools Oliver’s Pregnant PastaPrint Recipe
- 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.
Post updated 21 July 2020.