|Chicken and Chokes Rigatoni|
The chicken in this recipe is actually chicken sausages. Any flavor chicken sausages will work, so choose a flavor that you will like. The ones I used in this dish had spinach in them and I added more fresh spinach to the pan just prior to serving to complement the spinach in the sausage.
Chicken and Chokes Rigatoni
|Chicken and Chokes Ingredients|
- 1 pound box rigatoni
- 1 pound chicken sausage links, any flavor
- 1/2 medium onion, sliced
- 1 medium red pepper, sliced into strips
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 can pitted black olives, sliced in half
- 1 can artichoke hearts, drained and cut in half
- 1/2 cup white wine, Pinot Grigio
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 3 cups fresh baby spinach
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Grated Parmesan, optional
Cook the rigatoni per the box directions. While the rigatoni is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in a large pan with a lid. Brown the sausages until they have a nice golden color. Remove the sausages to a plate. Add the onion, red pepper, salt and pepper to the pan, cooking for about 5 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for about 1 minute. Add the tomato paste, stirring to cook the paste, about 1 minute.
|Cook the Onion and Pepper until Soft|
Add the white wine, stirring to loosen any little bits that might be stuck to the bottom of the pan. Cook for a minute, or two, and then add the artichoke hearts, black olives and crushed tomatoes. Cook until bubbly. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
|The Chicken and Chokes Sauce|
Cut the sausage links on the diagonal and add to the pan. Cover the pan and let the sausage and sauce simmer together for 5 to 10 minutes. Add the rigatoni to the pan and stir to combine. Add the spinach, cover the pan and cook until the spinach wilts, about 3 minutes. Stir the spinach into the sauce. Top with the chopped parsley.
|The Chicken and Chokes|
Serve, topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Some crusty garlic bread would be yummy with this.
You can get the printable Chicken and Chokes Rigatoni recipe by clicking the link.