Rigatoni with Sausage: Easy Italian

Lisa Grant | Jersey Girl Cooks

Rigatoni with sausage makes an easy Italian supper that's ready in just 30 minutes. What's not to love?

Rigatoni with Sausage Photo

Raise your hand if you want a meal that’s easy to make, delicious and can be reheated in the microwave the next day. While this is the criteria for most of my dinners, it becomes one of my favorites if it includes pasta.

During the cold weather, I crave pasta all the time. It’s perfect comfort food and contrary to popular belief, it can be prepared as a healthy meal without a ton of fat. I like to pair it with a protein and some vegetables to make it a well- balanced dish. Who am I kidding? I will eat pasta any day in the summer or warm weather too.

My choice of protein is spicy turkey sausage. Any type of sausage will work well in this dish, but spicy turkey sausage is leaner than pork sausage and I like anything spicy to kick things up a bit.

Rigatoni with Sausage Picture

This recipe is ready in under thirty minutes from start to finish. It’s the type of meal that makes you believe you might never order take out again. This pasta makes a great lunch the next day too. Sometimes I think it might even taste better reheated. I guarantee if you heat this up at work, your co-workers will be jealous.

This dinner is on my meal rotation once a week. If you want a variation, you can swap out some chicken for the sausage and any vegetable such as red peppers, broccoli or peas can be added or substituted. I am a fan of spinach because it tastes good, it’s healthy and I love the green color it gives the dish. To make this dish vegetarian, you can leave out the sausage or even substitute chick peas or white beans instead.

If you love pasta as much as I do, you’ll also want to try our Sun Dried Tomato Pasta, Avocado Pasta or Tortellini Bolognese for your next easy dinner.

How often do you eat pasta for dinner?

    6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces dried rigatoni pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound hot italian turkey sausage
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 4 ounces dry white wine, or chicken broth
  • 6 ounces baby spinach, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • grated parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions

  1. Boil pasta in a large pot of water according to package directions. Drain and keep warm.
  2. In the meantime, heat olive oil on medium high heat and cook sausage for about 5 to 7 minutes or until no longer pink.  Add garlic, tomatoes, and dried basil.  Cook for 5 minutes or until tomatoes are wilted.
  3. Stir in wine or broth and bring to a simmer. Add spinach and cooked pasta to the pan. Cook for another few minutes or until sauce is thickened.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with grated cheese if desired.

 

 

 

 


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About Lisa

Like all moms, Lisa needs quick and easy dinners during the week for her busy family. As our Easy Dinners Fanatic, she creates meals that you can make between soccer and band practice that are full of flavor and good for you too. You can see more from Lisa on Jersey Girl Cooks.

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