So it’s been a while but I think I’m now back in the blogosphere for good (well, I can only hope). The last month has been crazy with getting degree results, two weeks of waitressing at Wimbledon Tennis and being in London for a bit. However I’m back in Brighton from next week for my graduation, (yes. GRADUATION. I feel so old. Sob.) so normality should soon resume.
This was a recipe I threw together as a result of getting very overexcited about some venison sausages I found on deal in the supermarket. Needless to say I indulged and inspired by the ‘pregnant Jools pasta’ episode of Jamie’s 30 minute meals I put together this ragu.
It delicious, meaty and rich meaning that the accompanying simply dressed salad is a really lovely addition, you could use any sausages you want really as long as they’re reasonably good quality, I just got very excited as a student with the prospect of venison.
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
½ red chili, chopped
handful of mushrooms, chopped
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
good glug of red wine
1 tsp sugar
fresh basil, stalks chopped and leaves shredded
enough pasta for 4, cooked to packet instructions with a ½ mug of the starchy pasta water saved
bag of salad (I used a watercress and peashoot mix)
In a dry pan on a medium heat, squeeze out the innards of the sausages and break up with a wooden spoon until you have a mince-like-consistancy. When the meat has started to develop caramelized edges, reduce the heat, add a glug of olive oil, the onions and mushrooms.
Once the veggies have sweated down, add the garlic, chilli and basil stalks and sweat until fragrant.
Throw in the tomatoes, sugar, wine and a good tin full of water, season to taste and leave to simmer until the majority of the liquid evaporates.
When your happy with consistency of the ragu add the pasta and the pasta’s cooking water. This will help the sauce take on a velvety-coat-all-the-pasta vibe.
Serve with the salad drizzled with some extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice, scattered with parmesan shavings.