Spring Pasta

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 spicy sausages cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 pound asparagus spears cut in half (remove the tough woody ends)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup white wine or low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 1 cup black olives pitted
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh pecorino cheese
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 pound rigatoni pasta cooked according to package directions


  • DO-AHEAD-TIP: Cook rigatoni
  • Heat a large saucepan to medium heat, heat olive oil and sauté sausages, onion and garlic and sauté 10 minutes.
  • Add asparagus, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper to taste, wine, tomatoes, olives and sauté 10 minutes.
  • Stir in ricotta, grated cheese, and parsley and sauté 1 minute.
  • Toss with warm pasta.


SERVING SUGGESTION: Mixed Baby Greens Salad add mixed baby greens, sliced red onion, sliced avocado, chopped tomatoes, and sliced cucumber, tossed with red wine vinaigrette.
VEGETARIAN: Omit pork.
GLUTEN FREE: Make sure rigatoni is gluten-free.
NUTRITION: 639 Calories; 29g Fat (41.0% calories from fat); 27g Protein; 66g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 56mg Cholesterol; 956mg Sodium. Exchanges: 4 Grain (Starch); 1 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 3 1/2 Fat.
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