Rigatoni alla buttera Bravo Ristorante Italiano

Rigatoni alla buttera Bravo Ristorante Italiano

Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Serves: 4

Maurizio Contartese’s dish has both northern and southern Italian elements – which is logical, since it originated in central Italy. Contartese says it is one of the most consistently popular dishes served at his Bravo Ristorante Italiano.

  • Ingredients:

6 ounces Italian sausage (take off skins and loosen until like ground meat)
20 ounces canned tomato sauce
(chunky style preferred)
1/8 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons peas (fresh, canned or frozen)
4 teaspoons heavy cream
1 pound rigatoni
Salt and pepper to taste
Grated Parmigiano cheese, optional

  • Instructions:

Cook sausage in a large frying pan, until well browned. Drain fat. Pour tomato sauce and broth on top of sausage and cook for 3 minutes on medium heat. Add peas and cream and cook for 1 1/2 minutes more.

Fill a large saucepan 2/3 full with salted water. Bring to a boil. Add rigatoni. Bring water back to a boil and cook uncovered until rigatoni is al dente (tender but firm to the bite). Drain and place in bowl, add sauce, salt and pepper and toss. Serve immediately. Grated Parmigiano cheese may be added at table, if desired.

Per serving: 548 cal.; 22 g pro.; 95 g carb.; 10 g fat (4 sat., 4 monounsat., 2 polyunsat.); 24 mg chol.; 1,254 mg sod.; 6 g fiber; 17 percent calories from fat.

Source: Sacramento Bee newspaper, 2001