Cumberland Sausage with Trofie Salad Recipe

Cumberland Sausage with Trofie Salad


  • 4 Cumberland sausages

for the topping

  • 1 large onion
  • large knob butter
  • approx 3 tsp worcestershire sauce

for the pasta salad

  • cold cooked trofie pasta
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 small spring onions
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 2 very ripe tomatoes
  • couple sprigs fresh mint

How to make Cumberland Sausage with Trofie Salad

Tonight we had these yummy cumberland sausages with a pasta salad I knocked up from some leftover fresh trofie pasta we had a couple of nights ago.

  1. Preheat your grill to medium
  2. Put the sausages on for 10 min each side
  3. Meanwhile, chop the spring onions into approx 1/2 cm thick rounds
  4. Sweat them gently in the olive oil
  5. Attempt to care for your daughter's Nintendhorse
  6. Add the red pepper, diced pretty small
  7. Season liberally and cook for a couple of minutes until just soft
  8. Take off the heat and add the tomatoes, also diced small (don't forget the seeds and juice from the chopping board for max flavour), then the cooked pasta and combine. Adjust seasoning as neccessary - I thought I was going to add some red wine or balsamic vinegar at this stage, but the tomato juice was lovely and acidic enough by itself
  9. Set aside in a serving bowl, roughly snip some fresh mint over it
  10. Don't forget to turn those sausages!

    At this point, my nine year old daughter reclaims virtual horse and says "mmm sausages! where are the caremelised onions? you CAN'T have cumberland sausages without caremelised onions" (she's been watching too much Great British Menu and Celebrity Masterchef lately). Now she may be annoyingly precocious sometimes, but she's not wrong. So I raise an eyebrow, bite my tongue and put a high flame under the veg sweating pan, and..

  11. Add a big knob of butter to hot pan

  12. Slice a whole onion into rings (not too thin, or even)
  13. And furiously fry them with a good dose of Worcestershire sauce until we can't wait anymore! Serve on top of the coiled sausages with some of the pasta salad on the side and some wholegrain mustard (or ketchup if you're our children).

Tip: (I can't make the tips section work for me) If you can't get cumberland sausages, but can get link sausages (joined together in one continuous string, with twists in the sausage skin separating the individual sausages), then you can use them by untwisting the skin and squeezing the sausagemeat along into one long sausage, then coil it and fix with a long wooden skewer through the whole coil while grilling. I've done it this way before and it really works!

  • telliecoin
    telliecoin says

    oo trofie pasta.. i have not seen that in a LONG time

  • jandn
    jandn says

    it was the first time I'd seen it and it was goood, lovely density to it. I got it from Sainsburys in the chiller section (for those of you also in the UK)

  • worldpeas
    worldpeas says

    to mom and dad: looks delicious! i'm stealing the idea for the pasta for my lunch tomorrow :)

  • jandn
    jandn says

    thanks worldpeas, we were just planning your japchae for dinner! I've everything but sweet potato noodles - hooray another reason to go to the asian food wholesaler (the only source of these goodies in Lincoln and one of our favourite shops)

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