This is the perfect meal to impress your other half with.


  • Pasta

  • 4 spring onions

  • 1 carrot

  • 1 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

  • Salad

  • 2 red chicory

  • 1 x 100g mixed bag of prewashed

  • rocket and watercress

  • Parmesan cheese, for shaving over

  • 1 lemon

  • Seasonings

  • olive oil

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • sea salt & black pepper

  • Tarts

  • 6 small deep shortcrust pastry cases

  • 1 egg

  • 100g ground almonds

  • 100g butter

  • 90g golden caster sugar

  • 1 orange

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla paste or extract

  • ½ a 350g jar of good-quality raspberry jam

  • 1 x 250g tub of crème fraîche, to serve


  • To start:

  • 1.

    Get all your ingredients and equipment ready. Turn your oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5. Fill and boil the kettle. Put a large frying pan on a high heat. Put the standard blade attachment into the food processor.

  • Pasta:

  • 1.

    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, 1 heaped teaspoon of fennel seeds and 1 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 reboil the kettle.

  • Tarts:

  • 1.

    Put the 6 pastry cases on a baking tray. Make a frangipane mixture by cracking the egg into a mixing bowl and adding 100g of almonds, 100g of butter and 90g of golden caster sugar. Grate over the zest of ½ an orange and add 1 tablespoon of vanilla paste or extract. Use a spoon to mix everything together. Spoon a small teaspoon of jam into each pastry base. Top with a heaped teaspoon of frangipane, add another small teaspoon of jam, then finally another heaped teaspoon of frangipane. Put the tray in the oven on themiddle shelf and set the timer for 18 minutes exactly.

  • Pasta:

  • 1.

    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.

  • Salad:

  • 1.

    Trim off the bases of the chicory, then click apart all the leaves and quarter the heart. Scatter over a platter, then sprinkle the rocket and watercress on top and toss quickly with your hands.

  • Pasta:

  • 1.

    Crush 4 unpeeled cloves of garlic into the sausage mixture and stir in 4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and the tinned tomatoes. Add a little of the starchy cooking water from the pasta to loosen if needed.

  • Salad:

  • 1.

    Speed-peel or shave some of the Parmesan over the chicory salad and take it to the table with a bottle of extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon wedges for dressing right before eating.

  • Pasta:

  • 1.

    Drain the pasta, reserving about a wineglass worth of the cooking water. 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

  • 2.

    And take straight to the table with the rest of the Parmesan for grating over. Scatter over a few basil leaves.

  • Tarts:

  • 1.

    When the little tarts are golden and cooked, turn the oven off and take them out. Serve them warm, with a dollop of crème fraîche on the side.

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Posted by kimba31Report
I just loved the little frangipane tarts, so simple and delish.
Posted by Hot ChilliReport
I have made this pasta. It's really good but that alone takes me 30 mins :)
Posted by Janet196Report
Loved this pasta dish & the desert, it took much longer than 30 mins but I'm sure now I'v done it once it will be quicker next time. Jamie your always in my kitchen, your brilliant xx
Posted by Keira-janeReport
I've made the pasta a couple of times. The first time I used balsamic vinegar but the vinegar taste was too strong so the second time I used sweet red wine and it was nice too. It is so easy to make.