An easy, hearty rigatoni with Italian sausage is the perfect family dinner for cool weather days.
Currently, I’m in the thick of the busiest time of the year, for both business and family life. Head down, nose to the grind, focused on family and things that pay the bills, declining personal and work invitations every day with “see you next year!” half joking signatures.
I’m exhausted. Happy, but exhausted.
So it’s during this time when I find myself drawn more and more to comfort food. Those rich, hearty dishes that fill you up with warmth from the inside out.
Pasta is my favorite comfort food. I know, it’s not exactly the healthiest of foods, especially if you eat it as often as I would like to eat it. I would eat pasta for lunch and dinner, at least four times a week, if I could. Pasta is versatile, and just goes with everything. It’s great in vegan dishes, vegetarian dishes, seafood and meat recipes.
I. Love. Pasta.
Lately, I’ve been trying to cut back and do more zoodles when I want pasta. Zoodles are awesome! I can’t wait to share some zoodles recipes with you all!
But, let’s be honest: it’s not the same. It’s awesome! But zoodles are not a real replacement for pasta. Grain-free, dairy-free pasta like my favorite Cappello’s pasta is an amazing replacement for pasta. Zoodles? They’re cooked veggies, and they’re delicious, but there’s no getting around what they are and accepting them as such.
Okay, now that I got that out of my system, let’s talk about this pasta.
It’s the pasta I reach for when I want really delicious, comforting, satisfying, oh so decadent pasta. It’s a nice twist on the traditional spaghetti and meat sauce. I love rigatoni because it acts like a sauce vessel that cradles the rich tomato meat sauce. It’s so good. This is one of my absolute favorite easy and filling family dinner recipes.
I hope you try it and love it, too!
Rigatoni with Italian Sausage