I fell in love with Panera's pasta dishes! My kids and I enjoy eating there when we can, but I try to keep a tight budget so we can't always eat there. I decided to try to copy cat their rigatoni dish at home. What I ended up with is quiet yummy! I chose to use turkey sausage in my recipe but you could definitely use pork as well. I believe the Panera dish uses a spicy pork sausage. Also, I dialed down the spiciness for my kiddos but you could make it as spicy as you want.
Gather Your Ingredients:
- 1lb turkey sausage (or your favorite style of pork sausage)
- 2 T olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 3 large carrots, diced
- 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
- 32 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1/8 to 1/2 t crushed red pepper (depending on your taste. i used about 1/8)
- 1t dry basil
- 1T butter
- 1lb Rigatoni, cooked al dente
- Handful of chopped parsley
- Brown your sausage. If using turkey or other low fat sausage, add a little oil or butter to the pan. I also seasoned my turkey with a little Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper. Drain and set to the side.
- Warm olive oil in sauce pan. Saute onion, carrot, celery and garlic until it just starts to soften.
- Add crushed tomatoes, red pepper and basil, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes or until veggies are soft.
- Stir in butter, peas and parsley until heated through.
- Toss with sausage and pasta.