Country-Style Rigatoni

This pasta dish is great for a party as well as a midweek meal. Grab a glass of Vino, some warm crusty bread, and you’re good to go! Not at all complicated to make, and basicly everything’s done in one pan!

The sauce is what makes this dish, when all the ingredients mingle together the flavors are out of this world! Trust me, try it!

This recipe comes from Carmine’s Family Cookbook, and although I tweeked it just a little bit by adding a little more this, and a little less that, it’s pretty much right from the book. Here’s my adapted version.
1/4 cup of Olive Oil
4 or 5 Cloves of Coarsely Choped Garlic
1/2 of a Thinly Sliced White Onion
1/2 to 3/4 lb. of Italian Sausage with Fennel, casings removed
8 large Basil Leaves, chopped
1/4 cup chopped Flat Leaf Parsley
One can of Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups of Chicken Stock
3tbl of Butter
1 cup of grated Romano Cheese
3 slices of Prosciutto rolled up and thinly sliced
12 ounces of Dried Rigatoni
10 Broccoli Spears, 3″ long
Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan, add the onions and garlic.
2. Add sausage, basil and parsley, cook till sausage is nice and brown. Raise heat, add stock and butter, bring to a boil, then simmer for about 5 minutes till sauce thickens a little. Stir in half of the grated cheese and cook for about 3 more minutes till sauce thickens. Add beans, sliced prosciutto, season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
Meanwhile, cook your pasta in salted boiling water for only 4 minutes. Add broccoli and cook another 3-4 more minutes. Pasta will be nicely al dente. It will cook more in the sauce so don’t worry!
4. Drain pasta and broccoli, add to sauce, now add more cheese!
This is so good, I decided to bring a huge pan of this to our Festa Italiana! Don’t forget to submit your delicious Italian food or drink now, till March 9th. Maryann and I will be getting the tables ready!
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  1. Lovely dish! I will certainly join the festivities.

  2. Oh, I love Italian sausage with fennel!!!

  3. Hi Marie! Perfect looking dish for the Festa, I know the crowd will be huge.

  4. Good Morning Marie… Loved everything about this dish and will be making it very soon… Thanks so much for sharing it with me.


  5. You and I are always on the same wave length. (also check out what my mother in law made next to the Buitoni shaker). Must be genetic.

  6. I could eat pasta everyday! 🙂

  7. Such a mouth watering recipe. I like the addition of the beans too.
    Happy weekend!

  8. I love meals that can be made all in one pan:D

  9. Wow! Even early in the morning before I’ve had breakfast that looks great. I made something similar last night with roasted chicken, sun dried tomatoes, onions, kalamata olives, garlic and chicken broth. Made enough for leftovers, however we pigged out and ate the whole pan!

  10. Festa Italiana sounds like fun, and both the pasta and the granita are tough acts to follow. Will put my thinking cap on.

  11. This looks fab! I am working on my dish/dishes .. don’t start the party without me.

    Ummmm .. maybe I need a helping of this Rigatoni, you know just to get me in the mood 🙂

  12. This is one the menu for Monday night! I can’t wait!

  13. Sausage with fennel is one of my favorites. You are right – this would be a fabulous party dish.

  14. I’m sold! Looks delish 🙂

  15. This is exactly the kind of pasta I love to make and eat! It looks so delicious!

    Thanks for reminding about Festa Italiana. I’d better get working on my entry!

  16. Seems to have everything you want in flavor and texture! Let’s eat!! Nice dish.

  17. This looks great. I love cannellini beans with pasta.

  18. those photos have got my mouth watering!

  19. WE love pasta dishes such a these Marie! Very often I make a nice collection of sauteed veggies and then throw in some cooked ziti or rigatoni and it’s dinner!

  20. Your inspiring to make some nice pasta this snowy afternoon. Love the flavors Marie.

  21. I just got this cookbook in the mail on Friday and I love it! I’ve only eaten at Carmine’s once, but I’ve already marked at least a dozen recipes I want to try. The rigatoni was one. It’s my favorite pasta.

  22. Total yum of my favorite kind. Who needs chocolate when there’s pasta in so many delicious forms?

    I’m thinking up a recipe for your “Festa Italiana.” Such fun!

  23. Looks fantastic, Marie, and your photo is a knockout. Love this kind of meal and all the wonderful flavors you’ve combined in the dish.

  24. This looks absolutely delicious.

  25. In one word, Fabulous!!!

  26. Marie, this is one hearty pasta dish…the Paisan in me is very happy! 😉

  27. This looks delicious! I just bought a large container of prosciutto, I can’t wait to make it.

  28. I just took this book out of the library. I lOVE how this looks. I just want it! Your photois beautiful. I am trying to cook up a dish for your shindig by the weekend. Wish me luck:)

  29. I trust you!

  30. This sounds really good…especially on a cold night.

  31. Fabulous! This totally reminds me of the kind of dish my grandmother would whip up in an enormous pan (or two!) for big parties. I might scale it down a bit for my little family, but I’ll feel like I’m at a party when I’m eating it!

  32. That pasta looks so tasty!

  33. Absolutely gorgepus dish, looks like calling my name ha ha ha 🙂

  34. Marie:

    I did make this. It was wonderful!

  35. Hi From Chicago!
    I just discovered your site and have been drooling on my keyboard!
    Look forward to following your posts!

  36. pepperpot tash says:

    I’m a bit new to cooking so I’m still figuring out what herbs I like in my food. This was a hit. My 6 year tore it up. So very simple. We omitted the beans & ham & was still so good. I’m filing this one cuz it can be my specialty 🙂 thank you!

  37. Marie, I have featured the Country Style Rigatoni on my blog. Check it out when you get a moment.

  38. Bella!!

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