Sweet Sausage and Mushroom Rigatoni

This Sweet Sausage and Mushroom Rigatoni is a delicious sweet and savory pasta dish. It’s made with sautéd sweet sausage, white mushrooms and spinach mixed with caramelized onions, tossed in a light cream sauce and served topped with shaved parmesan cheese and crushed pistachios. 

Sweet Sausage and Mushroom Rigatoni

It’s not really pasta season, but I’ve had a version of this dish spinning around in my mind for a while now. After many iterations I’ve landed on this perfect Sweet Sausage and Mushroom Rigatoni and I’m so excited to share it with you! It’s sweet with a light cream sauce and loaded with sausage, mushrooms and caramelized onions. Because of the caramelized onions, it’s not the quickest pasta recipe ever, but they are so worth the extra step!

Sweet Sausage and Mushroom Rigatoni with caramelized onions

What goes into Sweet Sausage and Mushroom Rigatoni

 

Caramelized Onions – thinly sliced yellow onions slow cooked until golden brown to bring out their sweet flavor. 

Ground Sweet Sausage – sweet Italian sausage sautéd until browned, use ground sausage for little bits in every bite

White Mushrooms – sliced and sautéd with the sausage, the subtle mushroom flavor pairs well with the sausage.

Spinach – the spinach cooks down quickly and adds a little green to the dish, it also absorbs all the flavors it’s exposed to making it a delicious addition. 

Light Cream Sauce – the sauce is made with a quick and easy roux, vegetable broth and seasoned with salt and pepper. It’s just thick enough to lightly coat the pasta.

Rigatoni – I like rigatoni because it is a hearty short pasta that holds up well in this dish. You could easily substitute with a similar pasta like penne. 

 

Sweet Sausage and Mushroom Rigatoni

How to Make Sweet Sausage and Mushroom Rigatoni

 

Everything in this recipe is made on the stovetop. Start off by caramelizing the onions because those take the longest. They are cooked over low heat for at least 25 minutes until golden brown.

Next sauté the sausage, mushrooms and spinach together.

Then make the sauce by forming an easy roux and simmering with vegetable broth.

While the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta according the package instructions for al dente.

The last step is mixing everything together. Add the pasta to the sauce and then mix in the sausage and mushroom mixture. Add the caramelized onions and then the pasta is ready to serve. 

Sweet Sausage and Mushroom Rigatoni

Why you should top this pasta with Shaved Parmesan and Crushed Pistachios

 

Since the cream sauce provides just enough of a light coating on the pasta the cheese helps to elevate the savory flavors in the dish. Shaved parmesan vs. grated provides a stronger cheese flavor that pairs well with the dish. The pistachios add to the rich, sweet flavors and provide a nice crunchy finishing texture.

If you make this dish in advance of serving, hold off on adding the parmesan and pistachios. The pistachios will get soggy and lose their crunch factor! 

 

Sweet Sausage and Mushroom Rigatoni

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Sweet Sausage and Mushroom Rigatoni


  • Author: Laura
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minuts
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x

Description

This Sweet Sausage and Mushroom Rigatoni is made with sautéd sweet sausage, white mushrooms and spinach mixed with caramelized onions, tossed in a light cream sauce and served topped with shaved parmesan cheese and crushed pistachios. 


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Ingredients

Caramelized Onions

2 tbsp unsalted butter

2 cups yellow onion, thinly sliced

1 tbsp sherry (optional)

1/2 tsp salt

Sausage and Mushrooms

1 lb ground, sweet Italian sausage

4 large cloves fresh garlic, crushed

1/2 tsp salt

12oz white mushrooms, sliced

2 tbsp olive oil*

2 cups fresh baby spinach

Sauce

2 tbsp unsalted butter

2 tbsp white all-purpose flour

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/4 tsp salt

pinch of black pepper

1.5 cups vegetable broth

Pasta

1 pound Rigatoni

Sausage and Mushrooms

Caramelized Onions

1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese

2 tbsp crushed pistachios


Instructions

Caramelized Onions

Melt butter in a small frying pan over medium-low heat

Add onions, sauté for about 15 minutes until onions reduce and start to turn golden brown

Add the sherry and salt

Continue to sauté for about another 10 minutes, set aside

Sausage and Mushrooms

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat

Add the sausage, using a wooden spoon break the sausage apart

Brown for 4-5 minutes

Add the garlic and salt, mix

Add the mushrooms

*Depending on how much grease your sausage renders you may need to add up to 2 tbsp olive oil if the mixture is too dry

Continue to sauté the mushrooms with the sausage 4-5 minutes

Add the fresh spinach, mix

Sauté another 2 minutes, set aside

Sauce

Melt the butter in a large skillet

Working with a wooden spoon, slowly add the flour and mix with butter until dissolved

Whisking, slowly pour in the heavy cream to form a roux

Season with salt and pepper

Slowly pour in the vegetable broth, whisking

Bring sauce to a low boil and then reduce to a simmer

Pasta

Cook the rigatoni according to package instructions for al dente

Add the pasta to the simmering sauce, toss to coat

Add the sausage and mushroom mixture, toss

Add the caramelized onions, toss

Serve the pasta hot and top with shaved parmesan and pistachios


  • Category: pasta
  • Method: stove-top

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Sweet Sausage and Mushroom Rigatoni

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