Rigatoni with Sausage and Fennel

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Rigatoni with Sausage and Fennel

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 978.6 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups fennel 1 large bulb chopped
  • 1 ½ cups yellow onion chopped
  • 1 ¼ pounds hot Italian sausages casings removed
  • 4 teaspoons garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds whole ,crushed with a mortar and pestle
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes crushed , adjust to your taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • cup half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 pound rigatoni
  • ½ cup parsley leaves chopped fresh
  • 1 cup freshly grated Italian Parmesan cheese divided


  • Heat the olive oil in a large heavy pot or Dutch oven, such as Le Creuset, over medium heat. Add the fennel and onion and sauté for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Add the sausage and cook for 7 to 8 minutes, crumbling it with a fork, until nicely browned. Add the garlic, crushed fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon black pepper and cook for one minute. Pour in the wine or chicken broth, bring to a boil, and add the heavy cream, half-and-half, and tomato paste. Bring back to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 2 tablespoons salt, and cook the rigatoni according to the directions on the package. Drain and add to the sauce, stirring to coat the pasta. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes to allow the pasta to absorb the sauce. Off the heat, stir in the parsley and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan. Serve hot in shallow bowls with the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan on the side.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Paulson Pursuits is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.


Calories: 978.6kcalCarbohydrates: 70.2gProtein: 32.9gFat: 59.8gSaturated Fat: 25.7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 24.6gCholesterol: 137.4mgSodium: 1072.1mgPotassium: 868.8mgFiber: 5.2gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1568.1IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 336mgIron: 3.5mg
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