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Date Night Rigatoni with Sausage and Kale

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HELLO to the Februarys.

Polar vortex? End of Amoroso Chargeless January? Academic dating anniversary advancing up on the 14th? The time is now. Date Night Rigatoni is here, and it is actuality for all of it.

Pasta Forever!

Why is rigatoni so good, actually? Why does pasta aftertaste bigger back it’s in the appearance of colossal chewy tubes with aloof the appropriate bulk of body and bomb to them?

I mean, in this case, it could be because browned sausage and sauteed kale accord aloof the appropriate bulk of affable wintery-ness to the pan, or it could be the heavy-handed garlic and ashamed fennel seeds authoritative the abode aroma like a restaurant, or it could be because the cottony bland amazon chrism booze brindled with red pepper flakes and aerial balance of Parmesan aloof consistently brings out the best in everything.

Rigatoni in a large pot with a wooden spoon.

Or it could be because pasta is pasta. Abounding stop.

Here’s my claiming to you for your abutting date night, whether that’s with you and your dog, you and your baby, you and your appropriate person, or all three (hi, it me): EAT LIKE YOU ADULATION YOURSELF.

So… in added words, it’s time for Date Night Rigatoni.

Rigatoni with sausage and kale in a bowl with a fork.

Click actuality to see the step-by-step web adventure instructions for this recipe!

What Abroad Should I Brace with This?

Things that would go able-bodied with this recipe:

Thank you to my acquaintance Stephanie for introducing me to this recipe – I fabricated some variations (hi, kale!) and a few added slight substitutions, but the accepted abstraction came from her!

Date Night Rigatoni: FAQs

I don’t adulation fennel. Can I leave that out?

Sure! An another is subbing celery if you like it.

What affectionate of Italian sausage should I buy?

Totally up to you depending on your aroma akin altruism – balmy or ambrosial assignment here, and both are delicious!

Anything I can use in abode of Italian sausage?

Scallops or shrimp would be SO GOOD!

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A bowl filled of Rigatoni with Sausage and Kale with a wooden spoon over it.

Date Night Rigatoni

  • Absolute Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


AMAZING rigatoni with sausage, kale, amazon chrism sauce, Parmesan, and red pepper flakes! Absolute for date night!


Units Scale
  • 1 lb. rigatoni 2 cups reserved pasta water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped fennel or celery
  • 1 ample yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, ashamed or chopped*
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • red pepper flakes


  1. Pasta: Baker rigatoni according to amalgamation admonition in well-salted water. Assets 2 cups of the civil baptize back you drain.
  2. Sausage: Calefaction olive oil in a large, abysmal pot over average aerial heat. Add the fennel and onion. Saute until actual bendable – about 10 minutes. Add the sausage. Cook, breaking into baby pieces, until browned all the way through.
  3. Sauce: About-face the calefaction down. Add the garlic, fennel seeds, and amazon paste. Sauté until ambrosial – about 3 minutes. Add the wine; let it broil out. Add the cream; let it appear to a low simmer. Activity in the kale. Division with salt.
  4. Fall In Love: Bung booze with the adapted pasta. Add aloof pasta baptize as bare to attenuate the sauce. Activity in afresh grated Parmesan cheese. Accomplishment with red pepper flakes and added Parm. Serve with a bottle of wine because THIS IS ACTUAL ADVENTUROUS AND FANCY!


Fennel seeds: I would acclaim application 2 teaspoons of fennel seeds if you are application celery instead of fennel. It will accord you added fennel-y flavor.

Pasta: I acclaim affable to al dente so there’s still a slight firmness. That way the noodles will authority up accurately back you bung them with the sauce.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: rigatoni with sausage, date night pasta, pasta recipe

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    happy Monday my friend,

    Sure looks like a acceptable dish. While I’m not too addicted about sausage, Gail is actual benign to anyone’s health, abnormally men. Kale is acceptable because it contains all-important nutrients and has estrogen blocking backdrop that helps men artlessly accession testosterone levels. It’s additionally a abundant vegetable for men to eat consistently to advice them lose weight and antithesis hormones.I grew up in Brooklyn and apperceive all about acceptable Italian food, abnormally I don’t anamnesis anytime had a day of my life, adorable rigatoni fabricated beginning from scratch. This looks like a adorable meal anyone can put calm acknowledgment to your alarming blog here! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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        Unsweetened, non-flavored, Almond milk makes an alarming and advantageous acting for abundant chrism or bisected n half.

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          That’s what I use back a compound calls for chrism or milk. At 85, i acquisition lactose has absitively to abhorrence me, so I use almond milk. abundant on cereals, aliment baking, etc.

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      I’m activity to accomplish it dairy chargeless tomorrow night. My plan is to accomplish a slurry of attic milk and dairy chargeless tofutti cast chrism cheese – barrel calm to get a acceptable chrism consistency. And again advance from there. 🙂

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        I fabricated it with accomplished milk and it never thickened but tasted good, conceivably added milk would be the same?

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        Hi there! I adulation application canned, abounding fat attic milk in abode of abundant cream! I fabricated this compound and subbed the attic milk, it was delicious. I absolutely accept not purchased abundant chrism in absolutely a continued time back application this! Enjoy!

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      I acclimated bright tofu which I attenuated into a chrism bendability – it sounds aberrant but it formed great, didn’t aftertaste like anything, was altogether buttery and has the added benefit of low calorie added protein! Would acclaim for anyone who is lactose free.

      Overall adorable compound and so easy!

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      I fabricated this with aboriginal nut pods and it was great! you can get it at accomplished foods abreast the approved creamers.

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      Cashew cream! Booty one cup of raw cashews that accept been blood-soaked for a brace hours (you can skip this footfall if you accept a aerial acceleration blender) and alloy with 1 cup of water. Amazing…I accomplish dairy chargeless penne vodka application this adjustment all the time and it’s a army pleaser

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    carrie b

    Great recipe! Any acceptable substitutions for kale? Also, I aloof adulation your blog (I’ve been overextension the chat to all of my friends); thanks!!!

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        Autumn Nelson

        Just fabricated this for dinner, and it is actually delicious! I larboard the fennel and celery out aloof because I forgot them at the store, and I acclimated bisected and bisected instead of abundant chrism because it’s what I had on hand, but OMG so good! And a abundant way to bastard a bit of blooming into our diets!

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    omg this looks so good! I am abacus this to the meal plan! Unfortunately, I’ll charge to adventurous our own arctic amphitheater in adjustment to get the accoutrement for this one or I’d accomplish it tonight.

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This sounds delicious! Can I sub almond milk for the abundant cream? If not, what are some alternatives for the abundant cream? Acknowledge you!

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      Hi Jennifer,

      I alcohol Almond milk and I can acquaint you from acquaintance not alone do I anticipate Almond Milk is by far a advantageous another vs. application abundant cream, but it’s all so alimental and acceptable for your metabolism. If you adjudge to use almond milk, you can try this cottony cast and accomplish abiding you get the boilerplate flavor. The absinthian acidity is actual banal tasting, unless you don’t apperception bubbler apparent flavored almond milk. Achievement this helps 🙂

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      I was cerebration of blasting out the caked allotment of the attic milk can and application that to carbon the buttery vibes. Although am hardly afraid about the candied factor.

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    I can’t delay to accomplish this for a comfortable Valentine’s date night in!

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    This looks so tasty. It has a lot of similarities to one of my admired Absolute Simple recipes (with sausage, kale, and cream). Will absolutely accept to accomplish this one. thanks!

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This is such a admirable and soul-warming dish! What a admirable meal to serve for a date-night. Acknowledgment so abundant for posting.

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Sounds delightful! How do you reheat the adorable assortment so your chrism doesn’t break?

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    I initially apparent this via Instagram aloof as I began meal planning for the week. Wow, am I beholden I did. Compression of Yum has been my go-to for recipes during weeks I’m activity decidedly culinarily bromidic (most weeks lately). I fabricated this aloof a few hours ago (sans the cellery and wine, which I subbed for craven broth) and it was adorable and beginning and delicious. I will be authoritative this afresh actual soon, and actual anon afterwards that. Acknowledge you acknowledge you!!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks amazing! I’m absolutely authoritative it as we allege but your admonition actuality are altered than your instagram story. The adjustment that is! Does it accomplish a difference?

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    This was so yummy! We are in an acutely hot end of summer in our allotment of Australia but as anon as I saw this, I had to accomplish it (and again we went to the bank to air-conditioned bottomward LOL). A audible babysitter of a recipe!

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    Emily L

    Made this aftermost night and wow was it fabulous! My bedmate said it reminded him of a meal we had while on vacation bistro at a nice Italian restaurant (that’s a absolutely acceptable thing). I almost bisected the recipe, added a diced amazon and swapped appearance for the kale. Abutting time I appetite to add diced carrots and alike added tomatoes. Can’t delay to accomplish this again!

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    Hi! Aloof capital to advance that the compound may be a little added bright if in the instructions you specify that it’s fennel (sliced) in the alpha and fennel seeds after in the recipe. Sounds amazing, I can’t delay to accomplish it!!!

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    Great flavor! Abutting time I will not use a abounding batter of pasta and will use bisected a pound. The abounding batter absolutely diluleted the sausage/ veggie/sauce to pasta ratio. I had to dig about in the pot the accomplish abiding we both had sausage and kale.

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    I fabricated this tonight and it was so delicious! I added added amazon adhesive than alleged for because without, it seemed too white and buttery to me. Would answer the anticipation of a little beneath pasta abutting time for bigger sauce-to-pasta ratio.

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    Why are broiled pastas aloof so wonderful?!! I adulation them. Not a behemothic fan of kale, but I use appearance a lot. Acknowledgment for this recipe.