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Quick and Easy Recipes: Sausage and Tomato Pasta

Updated on June 5, 2018
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Matt is an avid traveller and self-confessed 'man of the world'. He is passionate about his home city, Manchester, & travelling the world.

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A few years ago I took a year out to go travelling around the world. I came across some amazing food while I was away - especially in South East Asia. However, a lot of these meals were difficult to recreate when I got back home due to a lack of availability of some of the more exotic ingredients. And if they were available it was at a premium.

It was when I got to New Zealand and Australia that I needed to plan some quick and easy meals to eat on the go. You see I was travelling around in a camper van so I had a limited 'kitchen' and limited storage space. Not only that, I was often a long way from the nearest shop, pub or restaurant. So I had to make sure I had enough ingredients to make a meal.

Easy Sausage and Tomato Pasta Recipe

Ok, this is a very easy recipe that's ready in less than 25 minutes and uses only 9 ingredients from your campervan store-cupboard. All you need is a pan to boil the pasta in; a sharp knife to chop the onion and garlic; a pan to fry the onion and garlic; and a cheese grater to finely grate the Parmesan. Oh, and maybe a colander would be handy to drain the pasta, but if your pan has a lid it's not totally necessary.

This recipe makes a good hearty meal for a traveller. It's packed with carbohydrates, protein and nutrients to give you plenty of energy.

Cooking in a Campervan

Cooking in a campervan in Australia.
Cooking in a campervan in Australia. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Serves 2 People

Ingredients for Sausage and Tomato Pasta

  • 4 Sausages
  • 200g Fusili Pasta
  • 450g tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 Onion (chopped)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (chopped)
  • A splash Red Wine
  • 1 Cube Beef Stock
  • 1 squirt Tomato Ketchup
  • A handful Parmesan

Cooking in a Campervan

Cooking in a campervan at Mount Cook in New Zealand
Cooking in a campervan at Mount Cook in New Zealand | Source

Sausage and Tomato Pasta Cooking Instructions

  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil and boil the pasta for 10 minutes or so until cooked. Add salt if required. When cooked, leave to stand in the hot water.
  2. Heat the oil over a medium heat and fry the onions and sausages gently until the sausages are browned on all sides. Carefully slice the sausages into roughly 1cm chunks and add in the chopped garlic. Fry for a further 5 minutes.
  3. Add in the chopped tomatoes, beef stock (cube only - no water), ketchup and red wine (note: if you have any sugar, add 1 teaspoon to bring out the flavour of the tomatoes). Cook for a further 5 minutes.
  4. Drain the pasta and stir into the hot pan. Cook for a further 2 minutes and then stir in half of the grated parmesan. Give it the taste test and if you think it's missing anything add more. I often add an extra splash of red wine at this point but that's just me!
  5. Serve and and sprinkle over the remaining parmesan.

And there you have a simple, tasty sausage pasta meal that makes a simple meal to prepare in the home and is an ideal meal idea to use when camping. All you need is a camping stove, a couple of pans and some cutlery. Give it a go next time you go camping. Bon appetite!

Check out my article about cooking in a campervan here.

All of the above recipes are quick and easy to prepare and are ideal for cooking when travelling in a campervan. In one of my articles I talk about what you might buy from a supermarket to stock up your campervan in order to make a different tasty meal everyday. I know from experience that you need to plan these things. In places like Australia, New Zealand and Northern Scotland you may find that you don't see another supermarket for a whole week.

So it's really important that when you stock up you consider what meals you're going to make.

The great thing about these meals is that they're also easy to make at home. While it was travelling in a campervan that inspired me, I have found that I've continued to use these recipes at home. I love food and, to be quite honest, I like to cook. But sometimes, after a long day at work, I just want to come home and prepare a quick and easy meal - but never a ready meal!

Cooking in a Campervan

Cooking in a large campervan in New Zealand
Cooking in a large campervan in New Zealand | Source

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      lesliebyars 

      5 years ago

      This sounds great!! Voted up!!

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      pitzele 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Nice. Simple but tasty.

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