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July 20, 2014 / Italian / By
Nicola

During summer months, hotdogs are amongst my favourite treats for light meals or picnics. However, I don't know about you, but I find that hotdog sausages never seem to have the right number in the pack - no matter how many people there are or how many hotdogs I'm making, there always seem to be some left over! I always struggle to decide what to do with the leftover sausages, aside from making more hotdogs.

That's where my simple, easy hotdog pasta comes in. I love meals which are unique takes on classics, which substitute key ingredients, or which 'deconstruct' traditional meals. Obviously I already had the hotdog sausages, and I liked the idea of using a tomato sauce. I had several different options of what to replace the bread with, but eventually I settles on pasta - a firm favourite in my household. I threw them all together and got experimenting!

After much trial and error, I've come up with a recipe which, as well as using up the leftover sausages, is a twist on normal hotdogs. It's quick and easy to make, and it's fun for the kids to get involved with, as well. They'll love it!

To feed a family of four, boil a large pan of water and add about 200g of dried pasta shapes.

Meanwhile, add a finely chopped onion to a tablespoon of hot oil in a frying pan. Break (or chop) the sausages into thin, bitesize pieces - this is a great thing to get the children involved with, as the sausages break really easily! Add these slices to the frying pan, and cook them until they just start to brown slightly. This will bring out a lovely smoky flavour in the sausages.

Next, pour in around 400ml of passata, followed by two tablespoons of either tomato purée or tomato ketchup. I prefer tomato purée as I find it has a richer flavour, but you can make it to your taste. Leave this to simmer for around five minutes.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water off. Add the drained pasta to the tomato-sausage mixture. Stir it thoroughly to coat the pasta, then divide it into bowls and tuck in! Serve it with a side salad or coleslaw for an easy, quick meal which uses up leftover sausages and which is a fun take on classic hotdogs!

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