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Sausage & Tubes (AKA Italian Sausage & Rigatoni

Italian sausage with over-sized rigatoni tubes with a creamy tomato sauce won the approval of my picky family. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner
Servings 4


  • 1 lb oversized rigatoni
  • 1 lb sweet Italian turkey sausage in casings (I used Jennie-O brand)
  • 16 oz marinara (I used Newman's Own)
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 1/2 c red wine
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small onion chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese freshly grated


  • In a medium frying pan, add 1 tbsp olive oil and cook sausage, covered, over medium heat, turning frequently for 15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. 
  • In a large saucepan, saute garlic and onion until tender, about 1-2 minutes. Add marinara, wine, and basil. Cover and simmer 5-7 minutes. 
  • While the sausage cooks and the sauce simmers, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta al dente. 
  • Cut the cooked sausage into bite-sized pieces and add to the marinara sauce. 
  • Add cream, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to the sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes. Serve immediately over pasta and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. 
Keyword pasta, sausage