This country-style rigatoni recipe is the perfect easy weeknight recipe. From-scratch tomato cream sauce is added to rigatoni noodles, Italian sausage and peas for a hearty and filling dinner.
For my 35th birthday, all I wanted to do was get a big bowl of pasta. No crazy parties or big dinners; I just wanted to go to a local restaurant and eat noodles.
That’s not only completely doable, it is what I did. I am and will always be a pasta lover (see my pasta recipe collection!)
A restaurant a few blocks away recently changed directions and went from German fare to classic Italian food. I hadn’t gone yet so going for my birthday seemed like a great idea. I love a good neighborhood restaurant.
We walked over and were seated promptly. I devoured some bread and a little olive oil/parmesan cheese mixture while I perused the menu. I skipped everything and let my eyes go right to the pasta dishes.
How does a pasta lover choose a pasta dish? This is a question for the ages.
But choose I did and this country-style rigatoni recipe is inspired by the dish that I ate.
Country-Style Rigatoni with Italian Sausage and Peas
What makes a dish “country-style?” I think it is in the simplicity of the ingredients and the method of cooking. I also think country-style dishes have a heartiness that is both easy to love and to replicate.
As you’ve seen over the past year or so, I have been using Peapod to purchase many of my recipe ingredients. I love that I can go to my recipe collection there and select the ingredients for the recipes I share there with one click.
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If you don’t want to make the sauce for this recipe, buy a jar of sauce instead. Go for a vodka sauce or a creamy tomato sauce to get a similar taste.
Serve this recipe with garlic bread to complete the meal.
You can substitute the homemade tomato cream sauce for jarred sauce if you are short on time. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 777 Total Fat: 44g Saturated Fat: 20g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 122mg Sodium: 1247mg Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 12g Protein: 24g
You can substitute the homemade tomato cream sauce for jarred sauce if you are short on time.
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