Rigatoni and Sausage in a Tomato Cream Sauce

 This is one of those meals that I throw together when I am out of food and need to go to the grocery store.  I rummage through the pantry and pick whatever is growing in the garden.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin
  • 1 pound sausage (sage or Italian is good)
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 small can tomato sauce (14 oz)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  •  fresh herbs (sage, thyme, basil, rosemary, parsley)
  • salt and pepper and seasoned salt
  • red pepper flakes to taste
  • 8 ounces rigatoni pasta, cooked al dente
  • grated Parmesan

 My peppers are prolific this year as are my herbs.

 I diced a sweet onion, sliced some peppers and minced some garlic.

 Saute' the onion in  a little olive oil until it softens.

 Add the garlic, pepper flakes, salt and pepper.  Cook this for a couple minutes.

 Add the sausage and cook until browned, breaking it up along the way.

Add the chicken stock.

Add the seasoned salt to taste.

 You can use whichever herbs you have.  I used all the ones listed in the ingredient list.

 I also used a small bottle of tomato sauce.

 You can use diced or canned tomatoes instead.

 Give it a good stir.

 Add the herbs.

 Add the cream.

 I add the peppers at the very end.  They will cook a bit but still keep their crunch.  If you want them soft, add them when you are sauteing the onions. I like keeping the fresh, crisp flavor.

 Add the yogurt.  You could add just cream but the yogurt lightens the dish up while keeping it creamy.

 Add the cooked rigatoni.  Make sure not to overcook your pasta because the sauce will cook it a bit further.  You can use any kind of pasta you like.

Sprinkle with Parmesan just before serving.


Linda said…
The sight of rigatoni, olive oil, and the cheese are enough to make me salivate.
Anonymous said…
That looks and sounds like a winner,,, have a great day at the festival,
So easy to do and yet so yummy :-)

Have a great day!

chickpea678 said…
Yum!!! I don’t usually have heavy cream on hand and only sometimes yogurt! Otherwise I would love to have this as my back up meal!
Guillaume said…
This looks delicious. I love that kind of pasta.