Sausage & Courgette Spaghetti

My two boys are like little rabbits when it comes to vegetables, they will nibble away at endless amounts of raw veggies – cucumber, tomato, pepper, kohlrabi, carrots. Sometimes, when I’m serving a side salad for the grownups at dinner time, and forget to put anything out for them, they will be like “hey, were’s our salad?!” But they aren’t that keen on cooked vegetables, with the exception of peas and sweetcorn, so I have been looking for new ways to introduce some more cooked vegetables. Not necessarily because they are running short on their daily veggie intake – the ‘rabbit food’ takes care of that – but because I was getting bored of cooking the same, kid approved meals. I spotted this recipe Sainsbury’s magazine, and decided to give it a try (though I’ve adapted it slightly to make it gluten free and a little simpler). It was an instant success – my younger boy gobbled it all up. My older boy left some strands of courgette at the side of his plate and accusingly told me “You know I don’t like courgette!” The look on his face when I told him he’d just eaten a whole plate of courgette was priceless. We’ve had it a couple of times since then, and he no longer questions it, just gobbles it up like his brother. By the way, the recipe does contain wine, but the alcohol all cooks off, so there is no need to worry making this for kids. So, what are you waiting for? Tuck in!

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Ingredients (serves two adults & two children)

  • 350g gluten free spaghetti
  • 400g gluten free pork sausages
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 125ml white wine
  • 1 large courgette (ca. 250g), coarsely grated
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
  • parmesan cheese, to serve
  • a handful of rocket leaves per person, to serve (optional)

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Directions

  • Cook the spaghetti in a sauce pan of salted water, according to packet instructions, until al dente. Reserve 100ml of the cooking water for the sauce.
  • While the spaghetti are cooking, heat a tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan. Skin the sausages and add the sausage meat to the pan, breaking it up as it cooks.
  • Add the garlic, and keep cooking until the meat starts to brown.
  • Now add the white wine to the pan and continue to cook until the wine has mostly evaporated.
  • Once the wine has evaporated, mix in the grated courgette, tomato puree and reserved spaghetti water. Season with salt and pepper, and cook for 2-3 minutes until you have a nice smooth sauce.
  • Serve the spaghetti topped with the sausage sauce and some Parmesan. The kids like it grated, for the husband and myself I serve it with Parmesan shavings as well as a handful of rocket leaves.

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9 Comments on Sausage & Courgette Spaghetti

  1. Rhian Westbury
    1 September 2017 at 2:57 pm (2 years ago)

    I think courgette works really well in spaghetti and I’m always looking for ways to hide veggies in the dinner as I’m rubbish at eating them too x

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  2. Helen
    1 September 2017 at 7:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Oo this looks like something my daughter would love and I like that it has the courgette grated in too :)

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  3. Rochelle - www.rhubarbandwren.co.uk
    1 September 2017 at 7:14 pm (2 years ago)

    My kids were also deeply suspicious of courgette when it was ‘obvious’ on the plate, without realising there was tons of it mixed in! Sneaky mummies… I often add it, finely chopped, as an extra vegetable in dishes that contains mushrooms – it’s often unnoticeable yet adds another veg to the daily intake count.

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  4. Nafisah
    1 September 2017 at 11:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Looks delicious.My daughter, on the other hand, is into purees and smoothies. Looking to mixing it up for her xxx

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  5. Fashion and Style Police
    2 September 2017 at 3:59 pm (2 years ago)

    My daughter loves her veggies but my son doesn’t. I always have to sneak it in. I am going to try this recipe.

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  6. Bear and Cardigan
    2 September 2017 at 9:25 pm (2 years ago)

    My grandson is the same, he loves raw veg but only eats carrots and broccoli cooked. He loves fruit too so thats never a problem. I do like the idea of this recipe as it has everything a child needs, veg, protein and carbs.

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  7. Alex Lamb & Bear
    3 September 2017 at 4:05 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m definitely going to try this recipe. My youngest LOVES sausage and spaghetti. Perfect meal for him!

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  8. Angela Milnes
    3 September 2017 at 5:59 pm (2 years ago)

    Looks an awesome recipe and this would be perfect to my daughter I’m sure she loves this

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  9. Anosa
    6 September 2017 at 8:04 am (2 years ago)

    I like that they like the raw rabbit food because my nephew questions it first before he eats. Lovey recipe, will give it a try

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