Penne and Homemade Paprika Meatballs


Happy month of May! Corrrr blimey it’s getting hot up North. At least a spicy 19 degrees heat wave! Anywhoo, it’s got me thinking about summer and the undeniable holiday season. Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe that any body is a bikini body (generic, basic, I know I know) BUT hear me out, recently I’ve been eating kind of … ‘wintery’ if that makes sense? Like hot porridge, morning, afternoon and dinner. Hot chocolates, hot soups… can only blame the Northern chill. Basically, I’ve been eating bland and dull… and I want a summery change up!

This season of sunshine I’ve teamed up with The Tesco Healthy Living Range to bring some ‘beautifully balanced’ snack and recipe ideas. As a student, I seriously value nutritiously delicious, but low priced food – and well, Tesco have pulled it out of the reusable carrier bag 😉 I promise! They preach that their food is ‘Big on taste’ yet ‘lower in calories’; which for most of us is the perfect equation. Whilst I don’t track calories, I am a big preacher of a healthy balanced lifestyle, especially when it comes to food!

Here are a few of my healthy concoctions that will leave you s – peach – less   Wahoo lettuce celebrate… Wow olive a good food pun! Ok. I’ll stop now…


Penne pasta with homemade paprika meatballs




Ever since I was little my mum always used to make homemade meatballs, but not from scratch! Just using the best of the best shop bought sausages, because when you have naughty children to look after and a greedy husband… who has the time to make ‘em from scratch?! It’s an insanely quick recipe that is by far one of my most favorite Italiano – esque dishes! Plus, it’s a perfect cheap meal for the family or for a house full of hungry students ♡





Serves 4 – ALL FOR JUST £6 (5.90 to be precise!)

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • 430 calories
  • 38g carbohydrates
  • 36g protein
  • 7g fat




  • 6 x Tesco Healthy Living British Cumberland sausages (£1.50)
  • 400g Tesco Healthy Living Tomato Soup (45p/400g)
  • 280g Dry Tesco Cook Italian Free High Protein Penne Pasta (£2.00)
  • 2 chopped red onions (17p/onion)
  • 400g Tesco Everyday Value Chopped Tomatoes (31p/400g)
  • 2tbsp Tesco Olive Oil (£1.30)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Paprika spice



  1.  Heat a large saucepan and add in your olive oil. Snip your sausages apart, then squeeeeze and pinch the meat out of the skins to create mini meatball shapes – as big or small, as you want! I aim to get about 4 meatballs from each sausage! Realistically they don’t have to look award worthy, nothing wrong with the rugged look oioi.
  2. Put them into your heated pan and begin to fry, sprinkle in some paprika and make sure to cook the meatballs till they’re cooked right through and a nice golden brown color.
  3. Meanwhile, place your penne pasta into a separate pan of boiling water (lightly salted) and begin to cook, making reference to the packet instructions until al dente.
  4. For the tomato sauce, in a separate pan pour in a tablespoon of olive oil, chopped red onion and push around the pan for a few minutes.
  5. Add in your Tesco Healthy Living tomato soup and a tin of chopped tomatoes and give it a good seasoning with salt and pepper! I personally always use a bit of Himalayan pink salt – helps to lower blood pressure and balances ya pH levels!
  6. When your penne pasta is cooked, drain it and divide the pasta between four bowls. Then top with your tomato sauce! I also chose to sprinkle on some Tesco Salad Sprinkles too – £2.00. You could also add some peas / basil / cheese for extra pazaaaazz!


Lots of love, Anna ♡




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