Southend-stylee pappardelle

sausage pappardelle

Serves 6

  • 400 g higher-welfare sausages

  • olive oil

  • 1 bulb of fennel, trimmed and finely chopped

  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 1 small dried red chilli

  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves picked

  • 250 ml white wine

  • 1 x 700 ml jar of passata

  • Parmesan cheese, for grating

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground pepper

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • For the pasta

  • 4 large free-range eggs

  • 400 g ‘00’ Tipo flour, plus extra for dusting

  • sea salt

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Cut a slit into each sausage and squeeze the meat out into a large ovenproof pan with a little olive oil. Cook on a medium heat for around 10 minutes, or until golden and crispy, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon as you go. Add the chopped fennel, and fennel seeds, then crumble in the dried chilli. Finely chop and add the rosemary leaves, then cook for a further 10 minutes, or until the fennel has softened. Pour in the wine and passata and top up with 400ml water, give it a stir, then pop the lid on. Transfer to the oven and leave to blip away for 2 hours – check on it every 40 minutes, stirring and adding a splash of water if it starts to dry out.



Meanwhile, if you're making fresh pasta, get on with making your dough. Add the eggs and flour to a food processor with a pinch of salt and whiz until combined. Roll the dough through a pasta machine, starting on the widest setting and working your way down to the second to last. If you don't have a pasta machine simply divide the pasta into 6 pieces and roll each piece into nice thin sheets using a rolling pin. Once at the right thickness (you're aiming for slightly thicker than a playing card) roll through the pappardelle cutter or lightly roll in half and over once more, then slice into 2.5cm pieces and toss to separate, dusting with flour to stop it from sticking.



Cook the pasta for 2 to 3 minutes in boiling salted water (or if you're using dried pasta, cook according to packet instructions), then drain, reserving a cupful of the cooking water. Taste and check the ragu seasoning, then mix through the pasta, loosening with a splash of cooking water if needed. Divide between your plates or bowls, and finish with a grating of Parmesan and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Nutritional Information

Southend-stylee pappardelle

Homemade pasta with sausages and fennel

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Back in the day, I gave Gwyneth a lesson on pasta making for her birthday, so I thought I'd test her skills and take it to a whole new level – we didn't quite manage the whole stretch of Southend Pier, but had a right laugh attempting a strip of pasta the entire length of mine and Jimmy's pop-up restaurant – fun times! I've given you instructions on how to make your own pasta dough here – it's really easy to do and flavour-wise you can't beat it – but if you want to, feel free to use dried pasta, it will still serve you well. If you're making fresh, having a decent pasta machine will really help you out.

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Cut a slit into each sausage and squeeze the meat out into a large ovenproof pan with a little olive oil. Cook on a medium heat for around 10 minutes, or until golden and crispy, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon as you go. Add the chopped fennel, and fennel seeds, then crumble in the dried chilli. Finely chop and add the rosemary leaves, then cook for a further 10 minutes, or until the fennel has softened. Pour in the wine and passata and top up with 400ml water, give it a stir, then pop the lid on. Transfer to the oven and leave to blip away for 2 hours – check on it every 40 minutes, stirring and adding a splash of water if it starts to dry out.

Meanwhile, if you're making fresh pasta, get on with making your dough. Add the eggs and flour to a food processor with a pinch of salt and whiz until combined. Roll the dough through a pasta machine, starting on the widest setting and working your way down to the second to last. If you don't have a pasta machine simply divide the pasta into 6 pieces and roll each piece into nice thin sheets using a rolling pin. Once at the right thickness (you're aiming for slightly thicker than a playing card) roll through the pappardelle cutter or lightly roll in half and over once more, then slice into 2.5cm pieces and toss to separate, dusting with flour to stop it from sticking.

Cook the pasta for 2 to 3 minutes in boiling salted water (or if you're using dried pasta, cook according to packet instructions), then drain, reserving a cupful of the cooking water. Taste and check the ragu seasoning, then mix through the pasta, loosening with a splash of cooking water if needed. Divide between your plates or bowls, and finish with a grating of Parmesan and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 550
    28%
  • Carbs 55.7g
    21%
  • Sugar 5.1g 6%
  • Fat 21.4g 31%
  • Saturates 6.9g 35%
  • Protein 26.7g 59%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 400 g higher-welfare sausages

  • olive oil

  • 1 bulb of fennel, trimmed and finely chopped

  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 1 small dried red chilli

  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves picked

  • 250 ml white wine

  • 1 x 700 ml jar of passata

  • Parmesan cheese, for grating

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground pepper

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • For the pasta

  • 4 large free-range eggs

  • 400 g ‘00’ Tipo flour, plus extra for dusting

  • sea salt