Gramigna alla Salsiccia (sausage)

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gramigna with sausage
Gramigna alla Salsiccia (Sausage)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
40 mins

This gramigna pasta recipe from Bologna is one of the simplest sausage pasta recipes to make! It only has 3 main ingredients but it's really tasty, hearty and filling! A great favourite with children here in Italy.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Emilia-Romagna, Italian
Keyword: gramigna, Italian food, pasta recipe, quick and easy recipe, sausage pasta
Servings: 4
Author: Jacqueline Debono
  • 400 g gramigna (14 oz) dried will take longer to cook than fresh
  • 450 g pork sausages (16oz) Italian
  • 1 medium sized onion peeled and finely diced
  • 1 glass white wine
  • 560 g tomato passata or fresh tomatoes (20oz) peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 50 g parmesan (2oz)
  • salt to cook the pasta and to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  1. Remove the skin from the sausage and chop into chunks.
  2. Fry the onion in olive oil until it starts to soften
  3. Add the sausage meat and continue cooking until it starts to brown.
  4. Add the white wine and cook for a further few minutes.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Put water on to boil for the pasta. Add salt once it starts to boil.

  7. Add the passata or chopped tomatoes and simmer the sauce for 20-25 minutes ( If it gets too dry you can pour in a little water or more wine)

  8. Cook the pasta al dente according to the instructions on the packet.

  9. When the pasta is cooked and strained add it to the sauce and cook everything together for a further minute, stirring the sauce into the pasta.
  10. Serve with grated parmesan.
Recipe Notes

You can season the ready dish further if required with parsley or peperoncino flakes. ( We added some peperoncino!)

Another way to spice it up is to add a little Nduja when you are cooking the sausage.

If you don't have gramigna this dish is still delicious with other short pasta such as fusilli or even spaghetti.

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    November 5, 2019 8:30 pm

    I have just returned from a short trip to Bologna where we had this dish. I can truly say it the best pasta meal I have ever tasted! I searched for the recipe to make it myself at home and was thrilled to find your post. Grazie mille!!

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    July 11, 2019 7:35 pm

    while we didn’t have small pasta handy, we made this with PrimoGrano Traghetti and it was simply delicious. we choose this as one of our all time favorites from your recipes. bless you for sharing.

    • Jacqui
      July 18, 2019 9:15 am

      I’m thrilled you liked this recipe so much Henry! I love it too because it’s simple but very tasty! Unfortunately gramigna pasta isn’t so easy to find outside of Italy but this recipe is great with long pasta like traghetti too!

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    Tayler Ross
    January 24, 2019 5:42 pm

    I love that this requires only 3 main ingredients! This is a meal that my family is sure to love!

    • Jacqui
      January 26, 2019 11:58 am

      It’s amazing how delicious this recipe is even with only 3 ingredients Tayler! I’m sure your family will devour it!

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    Eden | Sweet Tea and Thyme
    January 24, 2019 5:27 pm

    This looks so delicious, I’ve got to make it! Luckily, I’ve found that pasta type at my local mom and pop Italian grocer. To the store I go!

    • Jacqui
      January 26, 2019 12:00 pm

      This is a great recipe Eden. I’m sure you’re going to love it! Perfect that you can find gramigna to make it with!

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    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    January 24, 2019 4:49 pm

    I love the look of the gramigna — what a fun pasta shape — and the sauce sounds like the ideal, simple, straightforward topping! Sometimes that’s the best!

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    January 24, 2019 4:42 pm

    This looks so tasty and I know my family will love this dish! Definitely need to try!

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    January 24, 2019 4:38 pm

    Simple pasta recipes taste the best and if one of the ingredients is a sausage you can’t go wrong there at all :)!

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    Salvatore Scotti
    October 25, 2017 4:59 pm

    Hi Melanie, is the version with the addition of milk & tomato paste instead of fresh tomatoes the original receipt? Thanks a lot. Salvatore

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    Melanie F
    September 30, 2017 5:37 pm

    Hi! Where can I find gramigna pasta? I looked on and they only have the farro version. Where did you buy yours? I live in the NY/NJ area and it is impossible to find anywhere!

    • admin
      October 3, 2017 9:34 am

      Hi Melanie, thank for you comment. I of course buy gramigna here in Italy. I have also bought them online in UK from, but you are right they only have a farro version on What you can use instead are gramigna coquillettes from granoro which are very similar and can be bought in US. I will try to find another source for you after I return from my holiday here in Sicily. All the best! Jacqui.

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