Sausage Meatball Pasta Recipe with Broccoli

Penne with broccoli and mustardy sausage meatballs

  • serves 2
  • Easy

A creamy mustard sauce livens up this meatball and broccoli pasta dish, make it for a comforting midweek meal for the whole family




  • pork sausages 4 (about 200g), skins removed
  • fennel seeds ½ tsp, toasted and crushed
  • onion 1 small, grated and any excess liquid squeezed out
  • wholegrain mustard ½ tsp
  • basil leaves finely chopped to make 1 tbsp, plus extra to serve
  • olive oil 2 tbsp
  • penne (or other short pasta) 150g
  • purple sprouting or long-stemmed broccoli 150g, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • parmesan 25g, finely grated


  • garlic 1 clove, crushed
  • white wine or dry sherry a splash, (optional)
  • chicken stock 300ml
  • double cream 100ml
  • wholegrain mustard 2 tsp


  • Step 1

    Put the sausage, fennel seeds, 2 tbsp of the grated onion, mustard and basil in a bowl. Mix well then, with clean hands, form into approximately 14 meatballs.

  • Step 2

    Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and fry the meatballs, turning until golden brown all over.

  • Step 3

    Scoop the meatballs out with a slotted spoon then add the garlic and the remaining onion to the pan to make the sauce. Cook for a couple of minutes then add the wine (if using) and simmer for a minute. Add the stock and simmer until reduced by 1/2. Stir in the cream and mustard, then tip the meatballs back in and simmer gently for 5-6 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Cook the pasta following pack instructions, adding the broccoli for the final 3 minutes of cooking. Drain everything well, keeping aside a cup of the pasta cooking water.

  • Step 5

    Tip the pasta, broccoli and parmesan into the meatball pan. Stir, then add a splash of cooking water, if needed, to loosen. Season, then serve in bowls with more basil and parmesan, if you like.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 1020
  • Fat 68.9g
  • Saturates 30.2g
  • Carbs 61.7g
  • Sugars 7.4g
  • Fibre 11.2g
  • Protein 32.7g
  • Salt 2.2g