Creamy Rigatoni with Tomatoes and Sausage

O Rigaromeo, Rigaromeo, wherefore art thou Rigaromeo?


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


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,


Retain that dear texture which he owes

Without that title. Rigaromeo, doff thy make,

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


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!


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!

  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 😀
    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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