Cider, sage and sausage pasta recipe

(26 ratings)

sausage sage pasta
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Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories541 Kcal27%
Fat24 g34%
Saturated Fat10 g50%
Carbohydrates60 g23%

Our sausage sage pasta recipe is rich and savoury and takes just 25 minutes to cook and prepare. Plus, it uses less than 10 ingredients.

This sausage sage pasta is cooked with cider and finished with cream for an indulgent finish. While we've used spaghetti you can you any of your favourite pasta shapes. Removing the sausagemeat from the skins means it goes further and you need less of it. This is good for those trying to reduce their meat consumption.


  • 300g spaghetti
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 4 sausages, skins removed and discarded
  • 25g butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 10 sage leaves, chopped, plus a few fried in butter for garnish
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 200ml cider
  • 4tbsp double cream




  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil and cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. When you drain, reserve some of the pasta water.
  2. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook the sausage meat, breaking up with a wooden spoon until going crispy, around 5mins. Remove from the pan and set aside. Melt the butter then add the onion and sage and cook for 5 mins to soften.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min before adding the cider and simmering for 5mins. If it starts to look dry add a cup of the starchy pasta water.
  4. Return the sausage meat to the pan and heat through, season with black pepper. Add the cooked pasta and double cream, toss together then serve with the extra sage leaves, if liked.

Top tips for making sausage sage pasta

Look out for bucatini pasta in your supermarket, it’s similar to spaghetti but thicker and has a hole running through its centre. 

The cider adds a delicious acidic undertone and a rich savoury finish. You could swap for a dry white wine if you prefer.

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Jessica Ransom
Senior Food Writer

Jessica is a freelance food writer, stylist and recipe tester. She previously worked as Senior Food Writer at Future. While at Future Jessica wrote food and drink-related news stories and features, curated product pages, reviewed equipment, and developed recipes that she then styled on food shoots. She is an enthusiastic, self-taught cook who adores eating out and sharing great food and drink with friends and family. She has completed the Level 1 Associate course at the Academy of Cheese and is continually building on her knowledge of beers, wines, and spirits.