Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Rigatoni Milano

Pasta, pasta, pasta..... it's a favourite in our house especially with Alexandria.  She does get excited if it's on the menu - even more so if it's served with a creamy sauce.    The conversation last night went like this:
Alex: What's for dinner tonight mam?
Me: Pasta
Alex: (excited) With a creamy sauce?
Me: No - tomato with cream added
Alex: Cool - do you want help?
Me: That would be nice.
This pasta dish was very easy and fit perfectly in with the fact that I was once again busy at work meaning I walked in the front door later than preferred.
A very basic recipe the use of sausages as the meat was very nifty and considering we have a mulititude of flavoured sausages here in Australia I can only imagine that this meal would have a very different flavour depending on the sausage that is used.  Saying this we used a reduced fat pork sausage.
The sauce was delicate and full flavoured even though cream is mixed through at the end of the cooking process.  The use of passata, a tomato cooking sauce, meant there was more liquid that when I have used tinned diced tomatoes.  No herbs were needed and I feel this was from using the sausages.
Overall a yummy dish that was enjoyed by all - I can tell as there wasn't that much left over. 

Rigatoni Milano
(recipe adapted from WW Easy as 123 Cookbook)
Serves: 4
ProPoints per Serve: 12
250 grams rigotoni pasta
280 grams extra-lean pork sausages
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 brown onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 cups passata
2 tablespoons light thickened cream
1/3 cup finely grated parmesan cheese

Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, following packet instructions, or until just tender.  Drain and return pasta to the saucepan.

Meanwhile, remove and discard sausage casings.  Heat oil in a large non stick frying pan over medium-high heat.  Cook sausage mince, onion and garlic, stirring to break up lumps, for 7 minutes or until browned.  Add passata and bring to the boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until sauce has thickened.

Add passata mixture and cream to pasta.  Toss gently to combine.  Serve sprinkled with parmesan.

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