This country-style rigatoni recipe is the perfect easy weeknight recipe. From-scratch tomato cream sauce is added to pasta, 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.
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.