Creamy Rigatoni with Tomatoes and Sausage

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O Rigaromeo, Rigaromeo, wherefore art thou Rigaromeo?

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Deny thy flavor and refuse thy taste?

Or if thou wilt not, but be sworn my appetite.

And I’ll no longer be starving.

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(Rigaromeo, aside:) Shall I cook more, or shall I tempt at this?

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‘Tis but thy make that is my enemy.

Thou art thyself, though not a carbohydrate.

What’s carbohydrate? It is nor grain nor fruit.

Nor earlobe nor fingernail, nor any other part

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Belonging to a plant. O be some other make!

What’s in a make? That which we eat a chocolate

By any other make would taste as sweet;

So Rigaromeo would, were he not Rigaromeo call’d,

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Retain that dear texture which he owes

Without that title. Rigaromeo, doff thy make,

and for thy make, which is no part of thee . . .

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Take all my mouth, because I’m pretty dang hungry.

Creamy Rigatoni with Tomatoes and Sausage:

What it took for 3 or 4:

* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 4 sun-dried tomato chicken sausages (casings removed and torn into chunks)
* 1 small red onion, diced
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 Tbs. fresh oregano
* 1 tsp fresh sage
* 1 pinch crushed red pepper
* 1/2 cup red wine
* 1 (28 oz) whole peeled tomatoes (run through a food processor until smooth)
* 1 bay leaf
* 1/2 cup cream
* 1/2 pound rigatoni (or maybe more like 3/4th)
* 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

In a large skillet, bring the oil to a medium-high heat. Add the chicken sausage chunks and brown all over, 5 minutes. Add the onions, garlic, herbs, crushed red pepper and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté another 4 minutes, or until the onions have softened.

Add the red wine and cook off, about 2 minutes.

Add the tomato sauce and the bay leaf. Cover and simmer 20 to 30 minutes. Taste it. Freaking crazy, I know. Need anything? A little salt?

Then add the cream. Ugh.

In the meantime, cook the rigatoni until it reaches al dente. Drain, and toss it into the tomato-sausage sauce. Add half the parmesan. Toss to combine.

Fish out the bay leaf, and serve her up, garnished with more cheese!

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Okay so should I curtsy or run out of the room really fast?

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32 Responses to Creamy Rigatoni with Tomatoes and Sausage

  1. Tieghan March 13, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    This looks so good, especially since it will not stop snowing here!

  2. Paula - bell'alimento March 13, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    Bring on the rigatoni!

  3. Ali | Gimme Some Oven March 13, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    Oh yes!!! Love the red wine in the sauce!

  4. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl March 13, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    So I’ve decided my next career. I want to be the person that pinches your red chili flakes. Where do I sign?

  5. Cassie | Bake Your Day March 13, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    This sounds like perfection!

  6. Bee March 13, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    There aren’t words for how much I love this post. Plus the pasta looks DELICIOUS! Perfect for my overindulgent comfort-food mode right now.

  7. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite March 13, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    I love when you make pasta! It makes me crave it all day long.

  8. Katie March 13, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    I would have like high school english a lot more (and I liked it to begin with) if we could have read THIS kind of literature. And then eaten rigatoni right afterwards.

  9. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain March 13, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    Dude, this one of my FAVORITE comfort foods! Bring.it.on.

  10. Carly @ Snack Therapy March 13, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    If Romeo had had this bowl of pasta, he never would have noticed Juliet. The parmesan goodness would have distracted him.

    A lot of deaths could have been saved if he had only had this rigatoni. Sad.

  11. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 13, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Totally mouthwatering! I can already hear my hubby begging me for this!

  12. Little Kitchie March 13, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    HAHA I died laughing reading that. Also, now I am STARVING and I just had breakfast like 0.5 minutes ago. I blame you.

  13. Heather March 13, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    You had me at fresh grated Parmesan.

  14. Heather @ Heather's Dish March 13, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    Le sigh…I’m so hungry now!

  15. Jess March 13, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    This looks amazingly delicious!!

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  16. Sues March 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    Bravo! {standing ovation} And I want this for dinner tonight.

  17. Anne @The Cooking Campaign March 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    Holy pasta this looks good! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Jayne March 13, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    Very nice!

  19. Kevin (Closet Cooking) March 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    Now that is some tasty looking pasta!

  20. Jessica - The Novice Chef March 13, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    Can I move in? No, seriously. Dinner at your house ALWAYS looks amazing!

  21. Roxanne (The ROXX Box) March 13, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    I can’t WAIT to make this!!!

  22. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 13, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

    And a poet too… you are a woman of many talents!

  23. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste March 14, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    Those beer-steamed clams caught my eye, and then the word “rigatoni” flash in front of my and oh. my. sweet. heavens. I need a bowl of this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. What is it about the shape of rigatoni that makes any pasta sauce taste incredible?

  24. Biz March 14, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    This looks amazeballs. Sadly, after my husband had colon cancer, for some reason his tastes completely changed. My Italian husband no longer likes a red sauce, or thick pork chops.

    Luckily I make lunches for my boss, so I am definitely going to add this to the rotation – thanks!

  25. Amanda March 14, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    My mouth is watering! Love this :)

  26. Heather March 15, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Is there anything I could use in place of the red wine for this recipe? Thanks!

    • Bev Weidner March 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

      Hmmmm, maybe vermouth?! Or are you wanting to avoid alcohol all together? If so, the wine was such a small amount and it burns off, leaving it out is no problem!

  27. Sasha March 15, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Hahaha! Great poem :D
    I make a similar recipe and it’s a favorite.

  28. Kathryn March 17, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    And now I’m hungry.

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