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: the ultimate comfort food
Pasta is my favorite comfort food.
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. Zoodles are not a true 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 Easy, Hearty Rigatoni with Italian Sausage.
It’s the pasta I reach for when I want really delicious, comforting, satisfying, oh so decadent pasta.
This dish is 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. Not too spicy, doesn’t have any “weird” ingredients the kids might balk at – it’s just delicious comfort food at its best.
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