It’s my new favorite.

We have a new favorite dinner thanks to my friend Andrea.  Ever since she shared her recipe {and made it for us} I’ve been hooked.

It’s a hit and is simple enough to make during the crazy dinner hour.  You know – that hour when the baby is fussy and the other two kids want demand your attention.  Really.

Henry and Charlie can’t get enough {they even eat the tomatoes!}  Henry declared it his “favorite.”  Me too.  I crave it, which made it all the more devastating when Costco stopped carrying the sun-dried tomato chicken sausages for the season.  Thank goodness my mom spotted them at a local grocery store.  Needless to say our freezer is now well-stocked.  Crisis adverted.

While I realize this is a seasonal recipe {fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil} it is so good I feel obligated to share even as we enter into fall.

Rigatoni with chicken sausage, roasted tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella

  • Box of rigatoni
  • 4 sun-dried tomato chicken sausages
  • Grape tomatoes, halved and roasted  {At least 1 pint, but the more the better.}
  • 1/4 cup {or more} chopped fresh basil
  • Fresh mozzarella {I like the small “pearl” sized fresh mozzarella – use at least one 16 oz. container.}
  • 2 cloves smashed garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Cook the pasta according to the package directions.  Drain when done.  Halve tomatoes and drizzle them with olive oil, and kosher salt.  Put them on a baking sheet and roast in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes.  BBQ or cook sausages in a fry pan with some olive oil.  Slice and set aside.

Pause – put crying baby into baby bjorn carrier.  Proceed.

In a serving bowl add olive oil, garlic, and basil.  Add mozzarella, sausages and pasta to bowl and mix all ingredients together.  Serve right away or refrigerate and serve cold.

Fair warning – just when you think things couldn’t get any better, it’s also fabulous the next day as leftovers.  {Two dinners in one!}  There are a million variations – my aunt added pesto and it was delicious – so get creative!  See what you started Andrea?

{And no – I don’t have any pictures of the dish, you’ll have to use your imagination.  Things tend to get a bit hairy at our house right at dinnertime so the picture-taking came to a screeching halt.}


4 thoughts on “It’s my new favorite.

  1. You totally motivated me and I used this thought process last night for dinner. For me though, it will be breakfast, lunch and dinner for the week. That’s cooking as a single gal!

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