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Sausage Pasta in a Sun Dried Tomato Mascarpone Sauce

October 17, 2018 (Last Updated: February 27, 2019)

Sausage Pasta is the ultimate comfort food! Served in a rich and creamy sun dried tomato and mascarpone sauce, this truly is a food coma ready and waiting!

If you’ve been a reader of mine for a while now, you know the way to my heart (and realistically the only way to my heart) is pasta. I’m convinced I’m actually going to turn into a bowl of pasta soon, but for now here’s another recipe 😂

Sausage Pasta in a Sun Dried Tomato Mascarpone Sauce served with parmesan and parsley

So, sausage pasta with a sun dried tomato mascarpone sauce, let’s talk about it..

For those of you from the UK you’ll know those pre made pasta sauces, the jars of ‘tomato and mascarpone’. Yup, we’ve all been there. And to be honest they’re pretty tasty right!?

However, we all know homemade is best made and that couldn’t be more true for this sauce.

I’ve switched things up a bit and used sun dried tomatoes because they’re packed with so much more flavour than regular tomatoes.

Sun dried tomato mascarpone sauce ingredients

  • Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Sun Dried Tomato Oil
  • Mascarpone
  • Fresh Basil
  • Chicken Stock
  • Tomato Puree
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan
  • Pasta Water

For the base of the sauce it’s as easy as blitzing sun dried tomatoes, basil and chicken stock.

Sun Dried Tomatoes in a food processor

What type of sausage to use

Ground Italian sausage is best, but this is quite often difficult to get your hands on, especially here in the UK. In such case I recommend using Italian sausages and just squeezing the meat out of the skins. Failing THAT, you can just use ground sausage meat. You’ll see I actually use this in the video because I had no Italian sausage on hand and it tasted great 🙂

How to make sausage pasta in a sun dried tomato mascarpone sauce

  1. Fry your onions and garlic in a drizzle of sun dried tomato oil until soft.
  2. Add your sausage and fry until browned.
  3. Add your tomato puree and fry for a minute, then add your sun dried tomato sauce and mascarpone.
  4. Add pasta water until your desired consistency.
  5. Stir in pasta.
  6. Stir through parmesan.

Easy right?

Best of all it’s all gonna go down in less than 25mins!

How to make sausage pasta in a sun dried tomato mascarpone sauce - step by step

Best type of pasta to use for sausage pasta

I absolutely love using rigatoni because the hole is quite large it’s quite often that sauce/sausage will gather in there, which is just the best. I tend to stay away from longer cuts of pasta because it brings with it the comparison to a bolognese, which is not what we want.

Adding tomato puree

This serves two purposes. First is to add a further tomato depth of flavour to the pasta. Second is to add colour. It’s important to fry the tomato puree so it turns a little sweet, then deglaze with the sauce. The difference between cooked and ‘raw’ tomato puree is quite significant!

So for a quick, easy and damn right delicious sausage pasta look no further!

Sausage pasta in a sun dried tomato mascarpone sauce with basil

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How to make Sausage Pasta & Sun Dried Tomato Mascarpone Sauce (Full Recipe & Video)

Sausage Pasta in a Sun Dried Tomato Mascarpone Sauce served with parmesan and parsley

Sausage Pasta & Sun Dried Tomato Mascarpone Sauce

Sausage Pasta is the ultimate comfort food! Served in a rich and creamy sun dried tomato and mascarpone sauce, this truly is a food coma ready and waiting!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 660kcal

Ingredients

  • 14 oz / 400g Italian Sausage (see notes for sub)
  • 12oz / 350g Rigatoni, or short cut pasta of choice
  • 5oz / 150g Sun Dried Tomatoes (save 1 tbsp of oil)
  • 1/2 cup / 35g Parmesan, plus extra to serve
  • 1/2 cup / 125ml Chicken Stock
  • 3 heaped tbsp Mascarpone
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 small bunch of Fresh Basil
  • 1 medium Onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • Fresh Parsley, to serve
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1-2 cups Pasta Water

Instructions

  • In a food processor, pulse your sun dried tomatoes, chicken stock and basil until smooth. Place to one side.
  • In a pan, heat up 1 tbsp of your sun dried tomato oil then fry your onions until soft. Add in your garlic and fry for a further minute or so, then add your sausage and fry until nice and brown.
  • Meanwhile cook your pasta in salted water until al dente, reserving 2 cups of pasta water.
  • Drain excess fat from the pan, then stir in your tomato puree. Fry for 1-2 minutes, then stir in your sun dried tomato sauce and mascarpone. Thin out with pasta water until your desired consistency then add in your pasta.
  • Finish by stirring through your parmesan. Serve with fresh parsley and extra parmesan.

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes

What type of sausage to use?
Ground Italian sausage is best. If you can't get your hands on that then squeeze the meat from Italian sausages. Failing that use regular sausage meat. And if you can't find that then just squeeze the meat from regular pork sausages.
 
Calories
Based on sharing between 4 people.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Sausage Pasta & Sun Dried Tomato Mascarpone Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 660 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 41.95g65%
Saturated Fat 15.455g77%
Trans Fat 0.002g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5.264g
Monounsaturated Fat 18.718g
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 991mg41%
Potassium 1593mg46%
Carbohydrates 48.82g16%
Fiber 9.2g37%
Sugar 15.17g17%
Protein 26.08g52%
Vitamin A 1900IU38%
Vitamin C 21.5mg26%
Calcium 190mg19%
Iron 5.2mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Brooke
    June 3, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Loved this recipe!!! I didn’t have mascarpone so I used goat cheese and it was super yummy! Got 10 out of 10 from my food critics 🙂

    • Reply
      Chris
      June 4, 2019 at 4:47 pm

      That’s awesome! So glad you loved it Brooke! 🙂

  • Reply
    Ben Myhre
    October 18, 2018 at 1:14 am

    5 stars
    Holy buckets this looks right up my alley. I love Italian food and that sauce looks absolutely scrumptious!

    • Reply
      Chris
      October 18, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Thanks, Ben! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kylie Archer
    October 18, 2018 at 12:13 am

    5 stars
    New favourite for the kiddies right here! Mascarpone makes everything yummier, doesn’t it?

    • Reply
      Chris
      October 18, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Omg yes mascarpone makes the world go round!

  • Reply
    Krissy Allori
    October 18, 2018 at 12:03 am

    5 stars
    This is the best pasta recipe I have found! Yum!

    • Reply
      Chris
      October 18, 2018 at 10:51 am

      It’s a total winner! 🙂

  • Reply
    Ellen
    October 17, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    Italian comfort food! I love it! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • Reply
      Chris
      October 18, 2018 at 10:51 am

      Yup! total Italian comfort food! 🙂

  • Reply
    Cindy Gordon
    October 17, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    This sauce called to me! YES please! I am so drooling now! This tomato mascarpone sauce looks amazing!`

    • Reply
      Chris
      October 18, 2018 at 10:50 am

      The sauce is so so yum!!

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