- 12 ounces uncooked rigatoni or large tube pasta
- 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1-1/2 cups frozen peas
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup crumbled goat or feta cheese
- Thinly sliced fresh basil, optional
- Cook rigatoni according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook sausage over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Add tomato paste; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until meat is coated. Stir in tomatoes, dried basil and pepper flakes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
- Drain rigatoni; stir into sausage mixture. Add peas and cream; heat through. Top with cheese and, if desired, fresh basil. Yield: 6 servings.
Full-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.
Reviews for Rigatoni with Sausage & Peas
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"really good! I used smoked gouda instead of feta. Kids loved it"
"Outstanding flavor! The cream base was the perfect foundation for this recipe. I will definitely make this again!"
"OMG I made this recipe last night. I used hot Italian sausage and extra frozen peas. I love Feta cheese and fresh basil so I used extra also. Will definitely make this again. A keeper for me."
"My whole family loved loved loved this recipe! It wasn't too spicy at all, and I've decided to make it a couple time a month. Because a couple of us have celiac, we make it with gluten free pasta without any issues at all. This one is definitely a keeper!"
"This was good. Easy to make. I will make it again. However, I did not use Johnsonville Mild Ground Italian Sausage. I prefer buying sausage from a butcher (not a grocery store). I used 3 mild Italian sausages. I just took the meat out of the casings before cooking. I used the entire 6 ounce can of tomato paste. Next time I will use the entire container of whipping cream and perhaps will adjust the basil too. 12 ounce bag of rigatoni? It is a 16 ounce bag so the additional 4 ounces went in. Oh, I also added some mushroom and onion that I had leftover from the day before. Even with these changes it was still good, my guess is that if you followed it exactly it would still be yummy. I like this recipe because it is quick and it makes plenty for freezing for other meals. By the way, I did not add the cheese to the frozen dishes. I will add after reheating."
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