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Baked Rigatoni alla Calabria

This spicy southern Italian baked pasta is perfect for any night! Ou farm take on "baked ziti". While we suggest adding cherry tomatoes and greens to the ziti the options are endless! Roasted eggplant is amazing added into this also. This dish freezes super well. Just freeze it before the baking steps and pull out of the freezer 24 hours before you want to bake it. 

Ready to serve in: 1 hour
Active time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4-6 Adults

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of Rigatoni
  • 6 oz Spicy Calabrese Sauve
  • 16 oz of Tomatoes, crushed or canned
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 large bunch of Kale, Swiss Chard or Spinach, chopped, optional
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 pound of Italian style sausage, removed from casing (optional)
  • 1 bunch of basil, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch of parsley, chopped
  • 4 oz of Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper- about 1/2 tsp
  • Sherry Vinegar - about 1 tbsp

Method

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt it heavily, make it taste like the sea. Cook the rigatoni al dente. Drain from water and toss in 2 tbsp of olive oil. Set aside on a tray to cool. 

Dice the onions, garlic, herbs and kale. Keep the herbs and kale separate from the onions and garlic. 

In a large sauce pot add 2 tbsp of vegetable and heat over medium-high. Brown the sausage and then remove from the pot, leaving the oil. Turn the heat to medium-low and add onions and garlic. Saute until transparent, about 3-5 minutes. 

Add Kale and saute until tender about 10 minutes. Fold in herbs and return the sausage to the pot. 

Add crushed tomatoes, calabrese sauce and cream. Heat over medium-low until the mixture begins to simmer. Simmer for 2 minutes until thickens slightly. Season with salt, black pepper and sherry vinegar to taste. 

Preheat the oven the 375*F. 

In a large casserole baking dish toss the sauce and rigatoni together. Fold in quartered cherry tomatoes and top with Mozzarella. 

Bake covered with foil for 15-20 minutes then remove the foil and bake until golden brown, about another 10-15 minutes. 

Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. Buon Appetito!

Recipe Notes:

Suggested Wine Pairing: A spicy and rich dish like this one calls for a bright acidic wine with a touch of sweetness. Look for a Reisling from Clare or Eden Valley of Austrailia! 

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