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Radiatore Pasta and Sausage

Italian Sausage and Radiatore Pasta {Homemade Sauce}

This quick and easy one-skillet meal is my go-to favorite.
5 from 7 votes

Ingredients

For the Pasta:

  • 2-1/2  cups uncooked radiatore pasta
  • dashes salt
  • Water

For the Sauce:

  • 2 whole Italian sausages (or apprx. 6 ounces of bulk Italian sausage)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 15 ounces water filled in the empty tomato sauce can
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley for the sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley for garnish

Instructions

For the Pasta:

  • In a medium size pot, add hot water. Heat the pot on medium heat. Bring to a boil and add the salt.
  • Add pasta to the pot and stir. Cook the pasta until its al-dente (according to package instructions). Drain the pasta (don't rinse the pasta) and set aside.
  • Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.

For the Sauce:

  • While the pasta is cooking, chop the onions, garlic and parsley. Set them aside.
  • In a large shallow pot or sauté pan (with high sides), add the sausage. If the sausage is in a casing, make a small cut on one of the ends, squeeze the meat out, and discard the casing.  
  • Stir and using a spatula, break apart the sausage into small pieces as it cooks. 
  • When the sausage starts to brown, add the onions, garlic and olive oil.  Stir.  Continue to stir while cooking for about 3 minutes or until the onions start to turn translucent.
  • In a small bowl, add the canned diced tomatoes. With clean hands squeeze the tomatoes so there are no big chunks, and add them to the pan. 
  • Add the tomato sauce to the pan. Fill the empty tomato sauce can with water and add the water to the pan. Stir the sauce. 
  • Add parsley, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Stir. Turn the heat down to low and let the sauce simmer (uncovered) for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Add the pasta to the sauce. Gently stir the pasta into the sauce. Top with grated Parmesan cheese and parsley and serve while warm.

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Notes

TIP:

Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.