Sausage, Mustard and Basil Seashells

After all the extravagances of Christmas, this dish is a welcome relief to all the hearty, farty, complicated foods – perfect to whip up weeknights and still momentous enough to reward yourself or special people for a hard day’s work.


Recipe is thanks to but slightly adapted from Nigel Slater. True to his fashion, a recipe brimming with warmth and comfort for chilly nights, thanks to the mildly spiced sausage sauce with pricks of fiery pepper from the dried chilli.


I like to use conchiglie with this dish because it captures the sauce in grooves and inside the shells, sometimes hiding a morsel of sausage too! The sauce literally just coats the pasta, so if you like things more ‘saucy’ add more wine and cream.


Ingredients Serves 2

  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 hot Italian sausages, removed from casings and crumbled
  • 100ml dry white wine
  • 100ml heavy cream
  • 1.5 tbsp grainy mustard
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes such as ‘Aleppo’ or chilli flakes
  • 2 handfuls of basil, roughly chopped
  • Enough pasta for 2



Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook pasta according to packet instructions or al-dente.


Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large, deep pan and add crumbled sausage. Brown over a medium to high heat for about 5 minutes.

Add wine and simmer for a good few minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan to remove all residue from the sausages.


Add the cream, mustard, crushed pepper and season well. Cook gently for a few minutes before removing from the heat and mixing through the cooked, drained pasta.

Stir through basil and serve immediately!



19 Comments Add yours

  1. Becky says:

    This looks sooo good I’m totally making this at the weekend!! Yummy!

    1. katiebonken says:

      Let me know if it beats the all-time-favourite egg and cheese spaghetti? Probably not, but close!

  2. Oh my goodness!! This looks amazing! I am definitely trying this recipe. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    1. katiebonken says:

      a good recipe to warm the cockles!

  3. alexismurda says:

    I’m definitely going to try this! Looks so good

    1. katiebonken says:

      let me know the verdict!

  4. iamrorykelly says:

    You just knocked my socks off!!

    1. katiebonken says:

      haha, although this pleases me, don’t get cold feet!

      1. iamrorykelly says:

        I’ll try…can’t promise it though 🙂

  5. This looks amazing! I’m pinning this one!

  6. Oh boy this looks so good. Love the fresh basil stirred through.

    1. katiebonken says:

      Bunny, the basil really lifts the dish….cheers

  7. Looks amazing. Fantastic photography as well. Beautiful site.

  8. I am not used to mustard with pasta, but it sounds really good together seeing your recipe. And it looks great, of course!

  9. I love eating pork sausages with mustard, what a great idea to combine them in pasta! I think a handful or mustard greens or radish leaves would be fab in this too…

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