Umami Recipes
Umami Recipes

Date Night Rigatoni

6 servings


30 minutes

active time

1 hour

total time


1 lb. rigatoni + 2 cups reserved pasta water

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 cups chopped fennel or celery

1 large yellow onion, chopped

1 lb. ground mild Italian sausage

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed 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

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes



Cook rigatoni according to package directions in well-salted water. Reserve 2 cups of the starchy water when you drain.


Heat olive oil in a large, deep pot over medium high heat. Add the fennel and onion. Saute until very soft – about 10 minutes. Add the sausage. Cook, breaking into small pieces, until browned all the way through.


Turn the heat down. Add the garlic, fennel seeds, and tomato paste. Sauté until fragrant – about 3 minutes. Add the wine; let it sizzle out. Add the cream; let it come to a low simmer. Stir in the kale. Season with salt.

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Toss sauce with the cooked pasta. Add reserved pasta water as needed to thin the sauce. Stir in freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Finish with red pepper flakes and more Parm. Serve with a glass of wine because THIS IS VERY ROMANTIC AND FANCY!


Serving Size




Total Fat

30.2 g

Saturated Fat

11.8 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat

0.3 g


70.9 mg


932.9 mg

Total Carbohydrate

65 g

Dietary Fiber

3.6 g

Total Sugars

6.2 g


23.5 g

6 servings


30 minutes

active time

1 hour

total time
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