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Sweet Sausage and Mushroom Rigatoni

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


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. 



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


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


1 pound Rigatoni

Sausage and Mushrooms

Caramelized Onions

1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese

2 tbsp crushed pistachios


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


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


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

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: pasta
  • Method: stove-top

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