One Pan Pasta is such a great family friendly meal to make in the middle of a busy week. My kids LOVE pasta. If I serve a meal with pasta it will be winner in my house, which is why I love the one pan method! You don’t have to bother with cooking the pasta separately, it literally cooks in the sauce. Because let’s be realistic, our cooking practices change a little when we go from being DINKS to SINKS (Double Income No KidS, Single Income Numerous KidS)
Ease AND cost for family meals are important! I’ve teamed up with Countdown to create this recipe with their awesome Essentials pasta range. Great quality on Price Lockdown at just $0.95 for a 500g pack, so fits nicely into our weekly budget!
In this recipe I use a couple of other products to help make things easier and affordable. Tinned tomatoes are brilliant, look for ones with no added salt or sugar, they make meals simple, healthy and cheap. Tinned lentils are also so good. I often halve the meat content in a recipe and replace it with tinned lentils, chickpeas or beans, to both cut the cost and improve the nutrition. I’ve done just this in my One Pan Sausage & Lentil Pasta.
One Pan Pasta Quick Recipe Video
One Pan Pasta - Sausage Tomato & Lentils
Yield 8 serves
An easy one pan pasta recipe flavoured with sausage tomato and lentils a quick no fuss family dinner
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion diced
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 2 good quality pork sausages
- 3 cloves garlic
- 400g tin crushed tomatoes
- 400g tin whole peeled tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp dried Italian herbs
- 400g tin lentils
- 300ml stock
- 350g Dry Pasta
- I've made a quick recipe for the video, you will find it above
- Start with a pan, you will need one with a lid.
- Heat oil in the pan over a medium heat
- Add the onion, celery, and carrot and sauté until beginning to soften (around 5 mins)
- Remove the skin from the sausages and cut up the sausage meat into bite-sized pieces, add this to the pan and brown
- Add the garlic cloves, I don’t cut these I just peel and smash them with the blade of my knife, sauté everything for a further 1-2 minutes until you can smell the garlic
- Add both tins of tomatoes (for the whole peeled tomatoes I quite like using cherry tomatoes as they are a little smaller) and the tired herbs
- Drain and rinse the tinned lentils, add these to the pan along with the stock (chicken or vegetable) and give everything a good stir
- Add the dry pasta (I use Countdown Essentials Penne Pasta, but other shapes will work fine too), stir, let the mix come to the boil, then cover with a lid and reduce the heat to low. It should take around 15 mins for the pasta to become tender, but this will vary a little depending on the pasta shape you have chosen
- If the pasta is not quite tender when you remove the lid, pop the lid back on and cook for a further couple of minutes. If the pasta sauce is thinner than you would prefer, cook the pasta for a few more minutes with the lid off so that extra moisture can escape.
- I use either vegetable or chicken stock in this recipe