Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and my gluten free sausage meat pasta is something we've been having for dinner for years.
A simple and quick gluten free pasta recipe, this uses storecupboard basics and gluten free sausages to create a hearty and tasty meal.
It's delicious with a generous covering of cheese or even whipped up into a gluten free pasta bake too!
A throwback to The Gluten Free Blogger archives!
Believe it or not, I actually first wrote this post back in January 2010 - more than 10 years ago!
And the craziest thing is that I still make this regularly for dinner, albeit with a few additions and tweaks since the original recipe.
It seemed only right to update this, as it's one of our gluten free dinner staples and the tweaks have just made it SO perfect.
But I don't want to forget the journey I've come on, so for the benefit of all our amusement, here's a little reminder of how far my food photography has come...
I mean, isn't that just a throwback from the past!? And a chance to say a huge thank you to anyone who read my blog back then, and is still here now!
But you're not here for my life story, you're here for the gluten free pasta - so let's crack on!
A great budget meal idea for a gluten free diet
I love using sausages in pasta because they're so tasty, and they also make a dish a lot cheaper than if you're buying mince.
A lot of supermarket sausages in the UK are now gluten free as standard, giving you plenty of choice for your pasta dish!
Once you've selected your sausage of choice, take them out of their skins and you'll find they add a delicious, chunky texture to the dish.
I've flavoured this with rosemary, oregano and basil, so it's a really simple but flavoursome dish.
Which sausages are gluten free?
There are SO many gluten free sausages in the UK now, you're almost spoilt for choice!
I believe all the Morrisons sausages are gluten free, and most of the Tesco, Sainsbury's and M&S ones are too.
Most of them are clearly marked 'gluten free' on the packet, though you'll find them in the 'normal' meat aisle rather than a selected free from area.
It tends to be the 'Finest' or 'Taste The Difference' type sausages that are best - cheap sausages are more likely to contain gluten.
You can also find great brands like Heck, The Black Farmer and more that are gluten free too - plus check your local butchers!
It's worth shopping around and also downloading the Coeliac UK app to scan packages if you're unsure of how to check if something is gluten free from the ingredients.
What goes into this sausage pasta?
I have a full printable recipe card below with the method, but for the shopping list, you'll need the following ingredients:
- Gluten free pasta
- Gluten free sausages
- Olive oil
- A small red onion
- Garlic paste
- Dried basil
- Dried oregano
- Dried rosemary
- Tin chopped tomatoes
- Tomato puree
- Balsamic vinegar
- Fresh basil (chopped)
Most of this is basic ingredients you'll have in your cupboards, and all-in-all it's a pretty cheap meal.
I like to make this with gluten free shell pasta or gluten free penne as it catches the sauce nicely - but it also works really well with spaghetti.
And of course, don't forget some cheese or parmesan to cover it with upon serving!
My gluten free sausage pasta recipe
If you're after a cheap and easy meal idea, then this is definitely the recipe for you - my gluten free sausage pasta.
This recipe serves four and you can also freeze the sauce. To make it into a pasta bake, decant into an ovenproof dish, cover with cheese and bake for around 15-20 minutes until the cheese is golden on top!
And if you loved it, please do leave a review to let others know you loved it too! It would mean the world to me.
- 400g gluten free pasta
- 6 gluten free sausages
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small red onion (peeled and finely chopped)
- 2 tsp garlic paste
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 250g passata
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
- Remove the skin from the sausages. Add the olive oil to a high-sided, non-stick pan and heat on a med/high heat. Once hot, add the sausages and use a wooden spoon/spatula to roughly break up the sausage meat. Fry for 3-4 minutes until the meat starts to brown and is in small chunks.
- Add the chopped onion and garlic paste and fry for another 2-3 minutes, stirring regularly.
- Turn the heat down to medium. Add the dried basil, oregano and rosemary, mix well and fry for another minute.
- Add the tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, passata and balsamic vinegar to the pan and stir well. Bring the sauce to the boil, then turn down to a low heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in salted boiling water as per the pack instructions.
- Once the pasta is done, reserve 1 tbsp of the water it has cooked in and then drain the pasta in a colander.
- Add the fresh basil to the sauce and stir well. Tip in the pasta as well as the reserved pasta water and stir until the pasta is fully coated in the sauce. Remove from the heat and serve straight away.
- Gluten free pasta doesn't tend to reheat too well (it goes mushy) but you can refrigerate the sauce for up to 3 days or freeze it and defrost as needed.
- I like to serve this with penne or pasta shells but it works with any kind of gluten free pasta - or even with spaghetti as an alternative to bolognese.
- Top with grated cheese or parmesan for a delicious finish.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 516Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 937mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 7gSugar: 5gProtein: 16g
Need some more gluten free meal inspiration?
If you want to have a go at some of the other gluten free baking recipes on the blog, why not give some of these a try? They’re perfect for baking away all of your troubles.
- Creamy houmous and chorizo pasta
- Vegan and gluten free chickpea curry
- The ULTIMATE potato salad recipe
- Easy spinach pasta with ‘no cook’ sauce
And if you have any recipe suggestions, please let me know in the comments what you’d like to see next!
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