Mains, Pasta

Quick and Easy Rigatoni with Sausage and Tomatoes

March 15, 2019

This Quick and Easy Rigatoni with Sausage and Light Tomato Sauce is a quick and a hit with the whole family! Have it on your table in just 15 minutes tonight!

Meals at the Windy City Dinner Fairy house never take more than 30 minutes.  My weekdays are jam packed these days I rarely have time to make meals that require my spending all day in the kitchen.   If you’ve noticed, I’ve become a huge pan of Instantpot meals (like my Instantpot Jambalaya.)  This meal doesn’t use one, but it takes as little time as those speedy meals!

Pasta dish ingredients on board

All you need is a few simple ingredients and you’ll have a family friendly meal on the table in no time.

What do I put in my Quick and Easy Rigatoni with Sausage and Tomatoes?

Just the yummy basics are needed for this (almost) one-pot dish

1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 lb rigatoni pasta (you can use penne as a substitute)

1 bag baby spinach

12 oz Italian sausage (spicy or mild depending on preference)

Freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano for garnish

This quick and easy rigatoni with sausage and tomatoes is the ultimate comfort meal! The sausage gives the dish meatiness, and just a bit of spiciness. If you like it extra spicy, you can add some crushed red pepper at the end if you’d like to give it that extra zing. It’s all about your family’s preferences!

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Quick and Easy Rigatoni with Sausage and Tomatoes

Ingredients

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1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 lb rigatoni pasta (you can use penne as a substitute)

1 bag baby spinach

12 oz Italian sausage (spicy or mild depending on preference)

Freshly grated Parmigiano reggiano for garnish

 

Instructions

1. Bring water to boil in a large stock pot and add rigatoni or penne and cook until al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water, Drain pasta and set aside.

2. Remove Italian sausage from casings.

3. In a large skillet over medium heat, drizzle olive oil and cook sausage

4. When sausage is done cooking remove from pan and place on plate with a paper towel. Leave the oil from cooking the sausage and add fresh grape tomatoes.

5. Sauté until the tomatoes start to burst.

6. Add garlic and sauté until garlic is fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add spinach and reserved pasta water and cook until wilted.

7. Add sausage and cooked pasta back into pan and stir to combine.

Plate and garnish with grated Parmesan, serve and enjoy! 

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