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Speedy sausage ragu with gnocchi recipe

Speedy sausage ragu with gnocchi recipe

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Need a hearty dinner on the table in a hurry? This speedy sausage ragu is just the dish for you. Sausage chunks cooked in a herby, aromatic sauce is served alongside tender pillows of gnocchi to guarantee you'll be well-nourished and satisfied after eating this. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 3 mins to prepare and 12 mins to cook
  • 609 calories / serving
  • Freezable


  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra (optional)
  • 454g pack 50% less fat Cumberland sausages
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 celery stick, roughly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 5g fresh oregano, leaves chopped
  • 5g fresh rosemary, leaves chopped
  • ½ tsp crushed chillies
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 400g tin cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 150ml red wine
  • 500g pack gnocchi​
  • 10g rocket leaves, to serve
  • Parmesan, to serve (optional)
If you don't have chopped tomatoes, chop up a tin of plum tomatoes instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    22g 31%
  • Saturates

    6g 31%
  • Sugars

    17g 19%
  • Salt

    2.2g 37%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 64g Protein 26g Fibre 9.9g


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a high heat and squeeze the sausage meat out of its skins and into the pan in bite-sized pieces. Add the onion, celery and carrot, and cook for 3-4 mins until golden in places. Add the herbs, crushed chillies, balsamic vinegar, tomatoes, tomato purée and wine; stir well. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 8 mins, stirring occasionally, until reduced and the sauce is thick; season well.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the gnocchi to pack instructions. Drain well, then stir into the sausage ragu. Serve garnished with rocket; scatter with grated Parmesan and drizzle with a little extra olive oil, if you like.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Freeze sauce only. In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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