Proper Bloke's Sausage Pasta

Recipe by TJW2725
READY IN: 40mins




  • Bash the fennel seeds and chiles in a flavor shaker, pestle and mortar, or a spice grinder until coarsely crushed. Set aside.
  • Heat 2 TB good olive oil in a pan over medium high heat.
  • Put the sausage filling in the pan, breaking it up. Fry for a few minutes until the meat starts to color and the fat starts to render out of it, then break it up again until it resembles coarse ground beef.
  • Add the bashed up fennel and chiles, and cook over medium high heat for about ten minutes, until the meat becomes crisp, golden brown, and slightly caramelized.
  • Stir in the oregano, then add the white wine and stir until it is reduced by half.
  • Add the lemon zest and juice.
  • Turn down to low while you cook your noodles al dente (follow the package instructions precisely for perfect al dente every time).
  • When pasta is al dente, drain it in a colander, keeping 1/2 cup of the pasta water aside.
  • Toss the pasta with the meat in the pan until coated, add the butter, parmesan, fresh thyme and spoonfuls of the reserved pasta water until you have a lovely, shiny, loose sauce. Check for seasoning (more salt? pepper? chile powder?) and top with parmesan, server immediately.