This is a regular in our dinner rotation. I first made it one night when I didn't have dinner plans and was stocked with little more than grocery fumes. I realized that a whole log of sausage straight from the freezer could be browned in a skillet and needed only a can of tomatoes to become a delicious sauce. I served it with a pound of pasta scrounged from the pantry.
Peppery arugula and toasted pine nuts add grown-up flavors to a kid-friendly pasta dish. The bowties (farfalle) are always popular with kids, but you could use other short pasta shapes in this recipe, such as fusilli, orecchiette, or penne.
Golden raisins give this pasta dish an interesting twist. It can also be made with a different type of noodle, such as farfalle. Escarole is a slightly bitter green. If you like, substitute kale or chard.