Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Italian Sausage Rigatoni with Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce

Lightly caramelized onions are sauteed with Italian sausage, a little chicken broth, tomatoes, cream and seasonings and tossed with rigatoni pasta for a quick skillet meal.
Lightly caramelized onions are sauteed with Italian sausage, a little chicken broth, tomatoes, cream and seasonings and tossed with rigatoni pasta for a quick skillet meal.

Italian Sausage Rigatoni with Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce

This is another one of those quick pantry meals because it uses ingredients I almost always just have on hand. The sauce is a great accent to the Italian sausage and truly nothing could be easier. I used rigatoni, which works perfect with the sausage and cream sauce, but the recipe works well with many other pasta shapes as well. Try it with bow ties or rotini - here's how to make it!

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Recipe: Italian Sausage Rigatoni with Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 30 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

  • 8 ounces rigatoni pasta, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil or parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama) {affil link}, or to taste, optional
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan, plus more for garnish

Cook the pasta to al dente according to package directions; drain and set aside.

Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large skillet; add butter. Add the onion and saute just until it begins to caramelize. Remove sausage from the casings and add to onion mixture, breaking the sausage up with a spoon as it cooks. Continue cooking until sausage is lightly browned and cooked through. Add the garlic and continue cooking for another couple of minutes. Drain off fat.

To the sausage mixture, add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Cook down about 2 minutes until broth has significantly reduced. Add the undrained tomatoes, bring to a boil and reduce heat to a medium simmer. Continue cooking for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cream, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium simmer and cook for about 5 more minutes. Add the basil or parsley, salt, pepper, pepper flakes and Cajun seasoning, if using; stir well and taste to adjust the seasoning as needed.

Add the drained pasta to the sauce, stir and turn the heat down to low. Add in Parmesan cheese and stir to incorporate. Just before serving, sprinkle a bit of additional Parmesan cheese and garnish each serving with chopped basil.

Variation: For extra kick, substitute a can of Rotel tomatoes for the diced. To substitute fresh garden tomatoes, you'll need about 2 pounds, or about 2 cups of chopped, undrained tomatoes. Lighten this up by eliminating the butter and substituting milk or Greek yogurt for the heavy cream.


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