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Beef sausage and cherry tomato ragu with pappardelle and toasted breadcrumbs

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500g Best quality beef sausages, skin removed
1 ½ tbsp Olive oil
250g Cherry tomatoes, quartered
½ Red chilli, finely chopped
¼ cup Coarse fresh breadcrumbs
1 tbsp Finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
350g Dried pappardelle pasta


1 Place a wide, heavy based frying pan over a high heat and add the sausages and 1 tbsp olive oil. Use a wooden spoon to break up the sausages. Cook for 10 minutes or until lightly coloured.
2 Add the tomatoes and chilli and turn the heat to moderate. Cook for 10 minutes or until thick. Season with salt and pepper.
3 Meanwhile, place a small frying pan over a moderately high heat and add the breadcrumbs and remaining oil. Stir for 2 minutes or until toasted and golden. Take off the heat and stir in the parsley and lemon zest.
4 Cook the pappardelle in boiling salted water until tender. Drain and stir into the sausage ragu. Place into warmed bowls and sprinkle with the toasted crumbs.