Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Rigatoni With Sausage, Tomatoes, And Zucchini

This hearty Rigatoni with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Zucchini is for you! It’s so flavorful and easy enough to make on a weeknight!

Speaking of pasta, allow me to introduce you to today’s brand new recipe: rigatoni with sausage, tomatoes, and zucchini! It’s total comfort food and the perfect pasta dish for those nights you want something restaurant quality without leaving the house! 

Rigatoni With Sausage, Tomatoes, And Zucchini
Rigatoni With Sausage, Tomatoes, And Zucchini

I’ve been enjoying the leftovers for lunch this week and I’m going to be so bummed when I finally run out! The base is a fresh tomato sauce that’s loaded with sausage and zucchini. But it’s not a marinara sauce! Instead it’s made from 2 pints of juicy grape tomatoes, white wine (or chicken broth) and a little tomato paste. It’s a little lighter than the typical red sauce, making it perfect for Summer! Also perfect for dipping a piece of garlic bread or a few garlic knots. 

Rigatoni With Sausage, Tomatoes, And Zucchini

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 lb Italian sausage (mild, sweet, or spicy will work)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 lb rigatoni 
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional) 
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup white wine or chicken broth 
  • 2 small zucchini, diced 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Handful fresh basil, chopped 
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add oil to a large, wide pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add in the onion and crushed red pepper and cook until the onion is very soft, about 10 minutes. Add in the sausage and, using a wooden spoon, break it into small pieces. Cook until sausage is brown and no pink color remains. 
  3. Add in the garlic and cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant. Stir in the tomato paste. 
  4. Add in the tomatoes and wine (or stock) and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to burst and give off their juices, about 10 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to gently press the tomatoes if they're not bursting on their own. Stir in the zucchini and cook for 5 minutes. 
  5. In the meantime, add the rigatoni into the boiling water and cook for 9 to 10 minutes, or until al dente.
  6. Drain the pasta, reserving a 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Toss the pasta immediately into the pot with the sauce and stir well to combine. Add in some of the reserved cooking water, if needed. Finally, stir in the basil.
  7. Remove from heat and divide among serving bowls. Top with cheese and serve at once! 

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