Rigatoni with Chicken Italian Sausage, Swiss Chard & Peppers

Everyone will be asking for seconds of this colorful and extremely satisfying dish.

Ingredients:
1 pound rigatoni pasta
1-2 red peppers, seeded and chopped
1 Walla Walla sweet onion
1 bunch rainbow Swiss chard, removed from tough rib ends and then roughly chopped
4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons freshly-chopped parsley
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup white wine
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus an additional tablespoon for finishing
Grana-style cheese, grated
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Cook rigatoni for 5-7 minutes in a pot of heavily salted water until al dente, or just cooked through with a bit of bite left. Reserve about ½ cup of the pasta water, then drain, and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, cook the chicken Italian sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink, breaking the sausage apart with a wooden spoon or spatula. Remove the sausage to a plate and set aside.

3. Wipe any excess grease from the skillet with a paper towel, then drizzle in 2
tablespoons olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add in garlic, peppers and onions and sauté until all the veggies are tender and begin to brown in spots, about 5-7 minutes. Add in the chopped chard and wine and continue to sauté, stirring until chard is just wilted.

4. Add the pasta and chicken sausage to the skillet and toss to combine with the veggies; season with salt and pepper as necessary. Add chicken stock and simmer for two minutes or until slightly reduced. Finish by sprinkling each serving with grated Grana-style cheese and an additional swirl of olive oil.

Campanelle with Italian Chicken Sausage & Grana Roasted Broccolini

Also tossed with lemon juice and zest, this light and lovely pasta is a snap to prepare.

Ingredients:
1 pound Lagana Foods campanelle pasta
1 pound Italian chicken sausage
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons freshly-chopped parsley
Freshly-grated Grana cheese, for serving
Grana Cheese-Roasted Broccolini (see recipe)

Method:
1. Cook the campanelle for 5-7 minutes in a pot of heavily salted water until al dente, or just cooked through with a bit of bite left. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water, and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, cook the Italian chicken sausage in a large skillet over medium-high until no longer pink, breaking into bite-sized pieces with a spoon. Add in cooked pasta, lemon juice and zest, along with the butter, tossing to combine. Add in the roasted broccolini. Taste for seasoning and then add a little of the reserved pasta cooking water or chicken stock if pasta mixture seems dry. To serve, sprinkle with fresh parsley and additional grated Grana cheese.

Cozy Sunday Supper Recipes

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In the tradition of our own Nonna Pat’s long-standing Sunday suppers, this week’s box includes fixings for a meal to share with your nearest and dearest: A hearty rigatoni pasta tossed with our Nonna Pat’s luscious tomato sauce, Italian chicken sausage, capers and olives, plus sun-dried tomato-kissed Pomodoro bread accompanied by a smooth Argentinian Malbec. Side dish-worthy produce including fall Sweet Dumpling and Delicata squash, bunched beets and Italian puntarelle round out this robust Italian meal.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Rigatoni Pasta with Nonna Pat’s Marinara Sauce & Capers
Simple and elegant, this lovely pasta packs luscious texture and flavor thanks to the addition of fruity capers.

Fall Vegetable Ciambotta
This traditional Italian-style stew makes for a lovely side dish to this week’s pasta.

Savory Roasted Squash, Two Ways
After roasting, this side is topped with either fresh thyme, honey and walnuts, or hazelnuts and blue cheese, for a spectacular finish.

Roman-Style Puntarelle Salad
This classic Italian salad recipe makes ingenious use of puntarelle greens.

Lemon & Butter-Braised Beet Greens
This side makes lovely use of incredibly tender, often-overlooked, beet greens.

Rigatoni Pasta with Nonna Pat’s Marinara Sauce & Capers

Simple and elegant, this lovely pasta packs luscious texture and flavor thanks to the addition of fruity capers.

Ingredients:
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

Method:
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.

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