Italian Sausage Rigatoni

Learn how to turn everyday rigatoni into something special with Johnsonville Italian Sausage Links. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make an Italian classic your family will love.

Tue, 14 Feb 2012|

-Today, we are going to take everyday rigatoni and turn it into something really special with the help of Johnsonville Italian Sausage Links. Now, first, we're going to cook up the links. I found the best way to do that is in a pan over medium heat with about quarter cup of water in it. Put the lid on. Now, you're gonna let that braised for about 10 minutes, just long enough to get the water to cook off because when that happens, that's when the magic starts. This is where we get that sear that we like so much, that caramelized almost sweet flavor on the outside that we associate with great Italian sausage. Once these are cooked up properly, we're gonna take it over here and we're going to cut it up into coins. Now, I like using kind of a diagonal slice 'cause it gives a great presentation. And, when that's done, we're gonna come over here to three of my favorite flavors. We have red pepper, garlic, and olive oil sauteing over here. Give that a few tosses. And, when it's cooked to your liking, add your Johnsonville Italian Sausage. Now, we're going to caramelize the flat sides of those pieces giving that sear that we love so much that it's not just on the edges. And this is where we get the aroma of those great ingredients coming out as paprika, fennel seed, garlic. This smells fantastic. Once that's cooked, you're going to add your pasta sauce. Now, this is where we let those Italian sausage flavors just blend and meld with the sauce. And when that is cooked to your liking, just take your rigatoni and spoon it over the top. Isn't that sausage looked fantastic? Especially with those chunks of red pepper peeking out? Fantastic. Then, to make it really special, top it off with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and, there, you have got an Italian classic that your family will love. You can find this recipe and so many other great ideas at johnsonvillekitchens.com.