This recipe was inspired by a restaurant over on the Oregon coast in Lincoln City called The Italian Rivera. Their food is hand made from three generations of Italians [if my memory serves] and is worth the stop. They even have a piano bar for some late night fun.
In this recipe, I am going to show you two different sauces so that you can please everyone in you household – a modified alfredo and a tomato butter sauce.
Italian sausage links, cooked and sliced
Tomato butter sauce or alfredo sauce (sauce recipes to follow)
Preheat your oven to 425°.
Boil the rigatoni according to the packaging – leave firm.
Prepare your alfredo or tomato butter sauce (recipes to follow)
In a mixing boil toss the rigatoni with the sliced Italian sausage, feta cheese and one of the sauces. Put the mixture into a small baking pan and cover with mozzarella and bake until the cheese is melted.
Tomato Butter Sauce
300g vine-ripened cherry tomatoes
1 tsp sherry vinegar
1 tsp sugar (fine if you have it)
1 tbsp fresh chopped basil
Pinch of paprika
100ml heavy cream
25g unsalted butter, diced (about ¼ stick)
Cut the tomatoes in halve and put into your food processor. Add the vinegar, sugar, basil, and paprika. Blend in the food processor until smooth. Pass the puree through a sieve into a sauce pan.
Over medium heat, cook for about 5 minutes or until reduced by half. Mix in the cream and simmer for another 2 minutes. Now, over low heat, gradually whisk in the butter one cube at a time. Set the sauce aside.
Alfredo Sauce (modified)
¼ cup butter
2/3 cup milk
2/3 cup parmesan and mozzarella cheese (50% of each)
In a sauce pan on medium heat, melt the butter, then add the milk and cheese. Stir continuously until well blended, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat immediately.
2 Responses to “Baked Rigatoni”
Same tomato butter sauce as your salmon dish a ways back? It’s a good one, that’s for sure!
Yes that was the same tomato butter sauce I made on the salmon. I guess I am going to have to grow a ton of cherry tomatos next year so I don’t go broke buying cherry tomatos
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