Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pasta with Baby Arugula and Italian Sausage

If you're anything like me, you probably have a small collection of odds and ends of pasta sitting in your pantry. Unless you're cooking for a large family or guests, it's rare that you would be using the full package. A fun way to use up small portions of pasta is to combine different shapes for one delicious meal. For this recipe I used up my short ridged pasta, rigatoni and small penne, which best soak up the tomato sauce. The rigatoni takes longer to cook, so I gave it a head start by cooking it about 4-5 minutes before adding the more delicate small penne. Adding some Italian sausage and baby arugula gives you a complete easy meal in under thirty minutes.

4-6 cups cooked pasta
3 tablespoons extra virgin oil
1/2  chopped onion
1/2 small carrot chopped
1/2 celery stock chopped
1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste
4 cups canned tomatoes
2 Italian sausages (casing removed)
1/2 cup red wine
4 cups baby arugula

In a skillet heat the oil and saute the onions for about 3-4 minutes.Add the garlic, carrots and celery. Continue cooking for and additional 2-3 minutes. Brown the small pieces of the sausages with the vegetables.

  Stir in the tomato paste and continue cooking for a minute or so. Pour in the red wine and allow to reduce before adding the tomatoes.

Pour in the tomatoes and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes.

 Toss in the cooked pasta and the arugula. The arugula will only  take a minute to wilt and it is ready to serve.
Serve with grated Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of extra virgin oil


  1. Loving the idea of using up odds and ends of pasta and clearing my cabinets. I think arugula makes everything taste better!

  2. Thanks Claudia,I can't agree with you more. I too love the delicate peppery taste that arugula adds to a dish.
    Hope you have a great day!

  3. Great idea to add the arugula, so tasty!

  4. What an awesome way to use the pasta we've all got sitting in the cabinet. Love that you used the arugula. Just adds an earthy kick.

  5. Fantastic idea to use up the pastas together...And I love the color that the arugula adds, looks delicious :)

  6. This looks really tastey Anna - can't wait to give it a try :)

  7. I always have Italian sausage in my freezer, and half boxes of pastas, that just add up. I will try your version of this sauce. So delish!
    Thanks for sharing, Anna!

  8. I love the arugula + sausage combo. Yum!