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Spicy Sausage & Creamy Lemon Penne

My favourite food magazine has always been Waitrose Food Illustrated (now Waitrose Kitchen). Any publication that wins awards for it's typography is OK by me. I have a background in typesetting so I'm partial to a decent bit of text layout and design. Over the years I have collected many of these magazines and the recipes are always beautifully presented and fairly easy to prepare. So, back to the food. This recipe combines a host of wonderful flavours including sausage, lemon, cream, Parmesan and pasta. If you are counting calories it's not ideal, but it's incredibly tasty and quick to prepare. If you've worked out anything about me yet, it's that I like a recipe that doesn't cause too much stress.

Spicy Sausage & Creamy Lemon Penne

Spicy Sausage & Creamy Lemon Penne

Sausages, Lemon, Cream & Pasta - you can't go wrong.

Sausages, Lemon, Cream & Pasta - you can't go wrong.

Ingredients

  • 350g penne pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 spicy sausages (e.g. Italian, Toulouse, Chorizo)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • A pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 100 ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan
  • 10g flat-leaf parsley, leaves only

Method

  • Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions until tender, but still firm to the bite.
  • While the pasta cooks, heat the oil in a frying pan and squeeze all of the sausage meat out of it's skin and into the pan. Cook for about 5-7 minutes until the meat is browned.
  • Mix the egg, lemon juice, lemon zest, nutmeg, salt, pepper and cream in a jug or bowl.
  • Drain the pasta well and reserve 100ml of the cooking water.
  • Stir the pasta in with the sausage over a medium heat. Remove from the heat and add the lemon cream mix, tossing well.
  • Add some of the reserved cooking water if the pasta mix seems a little dry.
  • Serve the penne on warm plates (if you remember!), scattered with the grated Parmesan and parsley leaves.

Bilby Boost

  • If it helps, Waitrose states that this recipe has a calorie count of 627 per serving. Basically that's the same as a decent M&S sandwich at lunchtime or over a quarter of your daily calorie allowance. It's just fine if you haven't been eating like a piggy all day.