my go to dinner recipe

As the title suggests, today I am sharing with you my favourite go-to dinner recipe!
This recipe never fails to impress, is so easy to make and tastes delicious. Best of all, it can be adapted to suit your taste and can even be made vegetarian, gluten free, child friendly etc... just by switching out a few ingredients.
The following dish has been adapted from a wonderful Jamie Oliver recipe. I absolutely adore Jamie and he is my first source of inspiration in the kitchen. He is so down to earth and his cooking is always full of flavour, with simple, fresh and wholesome ingredients.  
Image courtesy of Jamie Oliver

Proper Blokes Sausage Fusilli (with a twist)
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • Lug of olive oil
  • 600g Italian sausages
  • 1 dried Italian salami style sausage
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup basil
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 jar of Barilla ricotta and tomato sauce
  • 500g fusilli or penne
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 20g parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 bunch parsley

  1. Crush the chillies and fennel seeds together until fine. Put to the side.
  2. Heat olive oil in a frying pan on high heat. Squeeze meat out of the sausage skins, breaking it up with a spoon. Cut into cubes and add dried salami. Fry together until meat starts to change colour.
  3. Add chilli and fennel seeds and cook for a further 10 minutes or until meat is golden brown.
  4. Stir in the oregano and basil. Add lemon juice and tomato sauce and turn to a low heat.
  5. Cook the pasta in a large pan of salted boiling water as per instructions on packet.
  6. When the pasta is nearly cooked, drain boiling water and add pasta to the sauce.
  7. Add parmesan and parsley to the sauce/pasta mixture.
  8. Season with salt and pepper and serve with extra parmesan.
Variants: to make this recipe gluten free, use gluten free or zucchini pasta. To make this recipe vegetarian, use eggplant as a replacement for the sausage. You can also hide extra veggies in the sauce if you are making this for kids!

Bonus tip: use the best quality produce you can afford - everything tastes so much better when it is made with fresh, quality ingredients!

Enjoy with a glass of red wine and good company.

G xx

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