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Rigatoni with Rapid Ragu

Mortadella, a slow-smoked Italian sausage, is also used in Lucinda's Italian meatloaf, polpette. From the book "Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).

  • servings: 6

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound mortadella, chopped fine
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce, can use canned if you don't have homemade
  • 3 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 pound rigatoni pasta
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

  2. Step 2

    Pour the olive oil and garlic in a heavy-bottomed 2-quart saucepan over medium heat and cook until the garlic sizzles and is slightly golden, about 1 minute. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Add the pork and mortadella and cook, while stirring, until the pinkness is eliminated, about 10 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce and 1 tablespoon of water. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the parsley.

  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, with 15 minutes left for the sauce to cook, generously salt the boiling water. Add the rigatoni and cook until tender but still firm. Set the timer for 2 minutes less than the package instructions specify and taste for doneness. Toss the rigatoni with the sauce and serve topped with Parmesan cheese and pepper.

Source
Mad Hungry, March 2011

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Reviews (1)

  • 10 Oct, 2012

    A very nice recipe. I appreciate the "weeknight" being actually a weeknight recipe. The mortadella had great flavor but still looked like lunch meat in the pasta. The picture they provide does not.