Spicy Sausage Rigatoni

This Spicy Sausage Rigatoni is a simple, hearty, cozy fall dinner! It’s made with rigatoni, a homemade spicy sausage marinara, and smothered in mozzarella! ohsweetbasil.com #pasta #sausage

Hey guys! I’m Jennifer from Show Me the Yummy and today, I have the honor of sharing this Spicy Sausage Rigatoni over here on Oh Sweet Basil!

First things first. I need to let you all in on a little secret. I, Jennifer, am a major, major, MAJOR carboholic. The first step is admitting you have a problem, right? 😉 Say it with me… “Hi Jennifer!”

I could have pasta and “red sauce” – yeah, the jarred stuff – almost any given night for dinner and be completely happy. It’s just a little guilty pleasure I suppose.

My husband, Trevor, on the other hand, while he does share my love for all things carb-y and delicious, he does not share my love for jarred red sauce. Can you blame him? He’s also a serious meat lover.

To compromise? This Spicy Sausage Rigatoni!

This Spicy Sausage Rigatoni is a simple, hearty, cozy fall dinner! It’s made with rigatoni, a homemade spicy sausage marinara, and smothered in mozzarella! ohsweetbasil.com #pasta #sausage

 

It’s *almost* as easy as my go-to pasta and red sauce, but it tastes a whole heckofalot better.This Spicy Sausage Rigatoni is a simple, hearty, cozy fall dinner! It’s made with rigatoni, a homemade spicy sausage marinara, and smothered in mozzarella! ohsweetbasil.com #pasta #sausage

First up? The meat sauce.

It starts, as all good recipes do, with butter and oil. We saute some onion in the butter/oil and then add in a little garlic, spices, and tomato paste. Once that smells ah-mazing, we add in that spicy Italian sausage.

This Spicy Sausage Rigatoni is a simple, hearty, cozy fall dinner! It’s made with rigatoni, a homemade spicy sausage marinara, and smothered in mozzarella! ohsweetbasil.com #pasta #sausage

I have a newfound appreciation for spicy Italian sausage. I mean. This stuff is goooood, guys.

Once the meat is no longer pink, we add in red wine (because, as with butter, all good recipes have it 😉 ), crushed tomatoes, and brown sugar for just a slightly bit of sweetness.

This simmers and gets cozy and yummy while you boil your pasta!

This Spicy Sausage Rigatoni is a simple, hearty, cozy fall dinner! It’s made with rigatoni, a homemade spicy sausage marinara, and smothered in mozzarella! ohsweetbasil.com #pasta #sausage

Now all that’s left is to combine the sauce and the pasta, place it into a 9 x 13 inch baking pan, top with glorious mozzarella and parm and bake it until it’s ooey-gooey melty deliciousness!

This Spicy Sausage Rigatoni is not only easy, but it’s just plain good! Tender pasta + a hearty, meaty, cozy, perfectly spiced marinara + gooey cheese?

Ummm. Yes please!

This Spicy Sausage Rigatoni is a simple, hearty, cozy fall dinner! It’s made with rigatoni, a homemade spicy sausage marinara, and smothered in mozzarella! ohsweetbasil.com #pasta #sausage

So long jarred red sauce and hellllooooo Spicy Sausage Rigatoni!

Jennifer

Spicy Sausage Rigatoni

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt, more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage (casings removed – just the ground meat)
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 1 (28 oz) can peeled and crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 pound rigatoni
  • 8 oz shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • Basil, for topping

Directions:

Heat a large stock pot over medium heat. Melt butter and extra-virgin olive oil.
Once butter has melted, add in onion.
Saute onion until it starts to soften, about 5 minutes.
Add in garlic, spices, and tomato paste and sauté for another 60 seconds.
Add in Italian sausage and cook for about 5 – 10 minutes, or until sausage is fully cooked.
Add in red wine, crushed tomatoes, and brown sugar. Bring to a simmer.
Simmer for about 10 minutes while you cook your pasta.
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Drain.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9 x 13 in baking pan.
Combine sauce with rigatoni and pour into prepared baking pan.
Sprinkle pasta evenly with shredded Mozzarella and Parmesan.
Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until the pasta is hot and the cheese has melted.
Top with basil and serve immediately!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 887 Calories
  • Total Fat: 48.1g
  • Cholesterol: 114.6mg
  • Carbohydrates: 79.2g
  • Fiber: 6.6g
  • Sugar: 15.7g
  • Protein: 34.4g
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