Sausage spaghetti with spinach pesto
NUTRITION: PER SERVING
FAT: 27.8G (7.8G SATURATED)
CARBOHYDRATES: 74.2G (3.3G SUGARS)
4 frozen free-range pork sausages, defrosted
50ml olive oil
400g dried spaghetti
For the pesto
100g frozen spinach, defrosted, excess water squeezed out
40g parmesan, freshly grated, plus extra to serve
20g walnut halves, lightly toasted in a dry frying pan
½ garlic clove, crushed or grated
4 anchovy fillets in olive oil, drained
25g bunch fresh basil
Remove the skins from the sausages and fry the sausagemeat in a pan with about 1 tbsp oil for 10 minutes, breaking it up with the back of a wooden spoon and stirring occasionally, until golden and crisp.
Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling salted water for 8 minutes or until al dente (with bite). Drain, reserving a little cooking water, then return the cooked spaghetti to the warm pan.
Meanwhile, put the defrosted spinach in a blender with the remaining oil and add the rest of the pesto ingredients, reserving a few basil leaves to serve. Season well with salt and pepper and whizz to a paste, adding a little reserved pasta water to loosen if necessary. Toss the pesto through the spaghetti and top with the sausage, remaining basil and extra parmesan.
Next time, swap the sausages for bacon and the spinach in the pesto for frozen, defrosted peas.