Dinner Tonight: Sausage and Provolone Pasta

This dinner is so good!  I mean…seriously, you’ll have seconds (maybe even thirds!) good.  AND it was super easy to put together on a week night.
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1 pound ground sausage
1 pound rigatoni pasta
1 onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flake (optional)
1 can (28 oz) San Marzano tomatoes
1 bay leaf (fresh or dried)
1 cup chicken stock
2-3 tablespoons heavy cream (or half and half or heavy whipping cream…whatever you got!)
handful Parmesan cheese
1/3 pound provolone cheese (shredded, sliced…it doesn’t matter)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large oven-safe skillet (or if you don’t have one, you can transfer later), heat a few tablespoons of EVOO over medium-high heat.  Brown sausage until crumbly and cooked through.  Add in onions and garlic and saute 5-6 minutes.  Add in crushed red pepper flake, can tomatoes, bay leaf and stock.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer about 10 minutes (or longer if you have time).
While sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of water up to a boil.  Drop pasta and cook to al dente (about 7-8 minutes).  Drain and add in to tomato mixture.  Stir in heavy cream and Parmesan.  At this point, if your skillet isn’t oven-safe, transfer pasta to a glass baking dish.  Top skillet (or baking dish) with provolone cheese.  Put casserole in the oven to brown on top and get bubbly (about 15-20 minutes).
Divine.  This recipe is really divine.
Here’s the deal with the crushed red pepper flake…I highly recommend it.  My kids ate this pasta up, so I don’t think it’s too spicy for kiddos.  I really, really think the tiny bit of heat adds loads of flavor to the tomatoes.  However, it’s completely optional and up to you.  As for the provolone cheese…that’s not optional.  The provolone totally makes this dish rock :).
Enjoy your dinner!
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  • Lauren February 17, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Making this dish this weekend! Sausage is my new favorite thing in pasta! :). Thanks for the idea!

  • Anonymous March 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I made this last night and it was so delicious! Best recipe I have tried in a very long time. Tons of flavor and very easy to make. Only thing I did different was add some green pepper and just used diced tomatoes (it was what I had). My whole family loved it!

  • Anonymous September 9, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Do you drain the tomatoes or not? I'm making it now!!!

  • Mix and Match Mama September 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I do not drain the tomatoes!!

  • Anonymous September 29, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Ground sausage like the same kind you use for breakfast sausage? I've never used it in pasta before but I'm willing to try!

  • Mix and Match Mama September 30, 2013 at 3:47 am

    There are several types of ground sausage you could use. Breakfast sausage would be great! But sweet Italian or spicy Italian would be great too. Everything is right there by the packaged meats.

  • Mindy Roelofs November 9, 2013 at 12:02 am

    How big of a skillet do you use?? I transferred to a 9 by 13 last time I made it and it was overflowing! Is a 12 inch jumbo skillet good?!?

  • Mix and Match Mama November 9, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I used a 12" skillet!

  • Amy Brisiel March 27, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Which type of sausage do YOU use and also I can't find those tomatoes anywhere– are they whole crushed or diced? Love everything you make!!!!

  • Mix and Match Mama March 28, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I use whatever kind of sausage I have on hand…sometimes pork, sometimes chicken. The tomatoes are whole and if your store has them, they're found on the canned tomato aisle.

  • Jerilyn December 7, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    This has become one of my family's favorite meals! Rather than baking in the oven, can this be transferred to a slow cooker (for a potluck)?