This quick pasta dish incorporates fresh veggies, a rich tomato sauce, and a large rigatoni pasta shape that your kids will love. Italian sausage adds a delicious savory flavor that is sure to keep you satisfied.
16 ounces rigatoni
1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium zucchini, diced
2 medium carrots, diced
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste
1 cup dry red wine
1 (28-oz.) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
How to Make It
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.
Meanwhile, cook sausage in a large, 2-inch-deep skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until sausage crumbles and is no longer pink. For a finer texture, break up the sausage as it cooks using a wooden spoon or potato masher.
Add onion, zucchini, and carrots; cook, stirring often, 8 to 10 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and red pepper, and cook, stirring often, 1 to 2 minutes or until garlic is tender. Add tomato paste, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes. Add wine and reserved pasta water; cook 2 minutes, stirring to loosen bits from bottom of skillet.
Add tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon sausage mixture over pasta; sprinkle with cheese before serving.
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