Pear & Turkey Sausage Rigatoni Recipe
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Pear & Turkey Sausage Rigatoni Recipe

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The sweet pear, salty sausage and creamy blue cheese are a wonderful combination in this dish. It tastes just like something you'd get at a great restaurant. —Debby Harden, Williamston, Michigan
Featured In: 52 Date Night Dinners
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked rigatoni or large tube pasta
  • 2 Italian turkey sausage links (4 ounces each), casings removed
  • 2 medium pears, sliced
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, divided
  • Toasted sliced almonds, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups (calculated without almonds): 273 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 333mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 13g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 medium-fat meat.


  1. Cook rigatoni according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook sausage over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into large crumbles. Add pears; cook and stir 3-5 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. Drain rigatoni; add to sausage mixture. Add spinach, cream and 1/4 cup cheese; cook 3-4 minutes or until spinach is wilted, stirring occasionally. Top with remaining cheese. If desired, sprinkle with almonds. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Originally published as Pear & Turkey Sausage Rigatoni in Simple & Delicious October/November 2013, p26

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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sseest User ID: 4889183 237628
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015

"My husband was skeptical about the pears, but now says the pears and the nuts "made it"! A true gourmet entree that we will make again soon. Definitely something we would serve to guests!"

MaryAliceH User ID: 7877378 235379
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2015

"Yes, this is truly like something from a 5 star restaurant!! What a wonderful combination of flavors and textures. Comes together very quickly too. I did not add the blue cheese to the top as it's not a favorite of my husbands but kept the 1/4 c in the sauce. I can't wait to make this again!!"

doctuc User ID: 6098313 234315
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2015

"This was savory, and creamy wth a touch of Sweetness. Delicious!!"

kmarqui User ID: 3651843 119208
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"YUM and SIMPLE!!! What a rich flavor and heartiness this dish has. The pear adds a hint of sweetness. I found a basil pesto turkey-chicken sausage at Trader Joe's that added a tiny spice kick to round off this great tasting dish. Super easy and quick to make."

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