Simple and elegant, this lovely pasta packs luscious texture and flavor thanks to the addition of fruity capers.
1 pound rigatoni pasta
1 jar Nonna Pat’s marinara sauce
1 pound chicken Italian sausage
¼ cup olives, pitted and sliced (optional)
2-3 tablespoons capers, rinsed
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons freshly-chopped parsley
Freshly-grated Grana cheese, for serving
1. Cook rigatoni for 5-7 minutes in a pot of heavily salted water until al dente, just cooked through with a bit of bite left. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water, and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, cook chicken Italian sausage in a large skillet over medium-high until no longer pink, breaking into bite-sized pieces with a spoon. Add in cooked pasta, marinara sauce, capers and olives (if using), along with butter, tossing to combine. Add a little of the reserved pasta cooking water if pasta mixture is dry. To serve, sprinkle with fresh parsley and grated Grana cheese.