What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? The Daily Special: Noodle Rigatoni! When time is of the essence, and you need a fulfilling meal, this dish can be made in minutes. While the wine is slightly chilling, and you wish to keep the kitchen cool, everything works together between stovetop and microwave. Your tastebuds will be satisfied without salad or bread as well since this meal-in-a-bowl hits the spot.
1 pound Italian sausage, ground
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon fennel
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon marjoram
1 8-ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts, cut-up
2 cups of Italian Roma tomatoes in sauce, cut-up
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
16 ounces rigatoni noodles
In a large skillet, brown Italian sausage until crumbled and cooked through. Drain and add garlic powder, pepper, salt, fennel, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, and marjoram. Keep warm over low heat, stirring occasionally. Warm separately the cut up tomatoes and the marinated artichoke hearts. Keep warm. Meanwhile, bring a 4-quart pan of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until tender; about 10 minutes. Stir often. It should be firm. Drain pasta. Place portions of rigatoni in individual serving bowls. Spoon tomatoes in sauce over noodles. Arrange artichoke hearts around edges. Lastly add crumbled Italian sausage over top. Garnish with feta cheese.