You know sometimes you feel like channeling your Inner Italian Grandmother and sometimes you don't. Yes, I enjoy standing over a simmering pot of marinara as much as the next guy, but there are times when that is just not in the cards. For those times, I always have a jar or two stashed in the pantry. I buy them when they're on sale and they are always there, ready for a quick dinner.
This recipe for Rigatoni with Cheese and Italian Sausage came from The Bon Appetit Cookbook: Fast Easy Fresh, which you of course have in your cookbook library because this is only the zillionth time that I've mentioned it. I doubled the recipe because who makes pasta to only serve 2!!! If I make pasta, there better be leftovers.
Rigatoni with Cheese and Italian Sausage
Serves 4 (doubled from the original 2)
16 oz rigatoni
8 ounces hot Italian Sausage (casings removed - I never do this)
4 garlic cloves, sliced
3 cups prepared Marinara sauce
1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese (or how ever much you feel comfortable with)
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
Extra-virgin olive oil
Cook rigatoni in a large bot of boiling salted water until just tender, but still firm to the bite. Drain.
Meanwhile, preheat broiler. Cook sausage in heavy large pot over medium-high heat until no longer pink, stirring frequently and breaking up with back of wooden spoon. Add garlic and sauté until soft, about 2 minutes. Drain off excess oil and return pot to medium-high heat. Stir in marinara sauce and crushed red pepper, then pasta. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a 13x9 inch broilerproof baking dish. Sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan over. Place in broiler until cheese melts and begins to brown, watching closely to prevent burning, about 1 1/2 minutes. Sprinkle rigatoni with parsley, drizzle with olive oil, and serve.
This quick and easy weeknight pasta dish will be my entry for this week's Presto Pasta Nights hosted by Ben at What's Cooking. And guess what!!! Next week I am hosting. It's my spring break and you know you're jealous of my leisure time, so everyone submit and let's make it big!!