Pear and Sage Sausage Rigatoni with Blue Cheese

This week at Oliver’ Market we are featuring Oliver’s Own House-Made Pork sausages, and this recipe makes use of one of our favorites, the Sage and Pear Sausage. This recipe also calls for a blue cheese, and this week one of our featured cheeses Caseificio Rosso ‘Birba Blu’ is the perfect complement to the pear and sage in the sausage. Pair this dish with one of our local featured wines, and you will have a quickly prepared weeknight meal that will satisfy your palate!

Ingredients

  • ½ pound Oliver’s Own House Made Pear and Sage Sausage, casings removed
  • ½ cup Caseificio Rosso “Birba Blu” blue cheese
  • 8 ounces uncooked rigatoni or large tube pasta
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • Toasted sliced almonds, optional

Instructions

  1. Cook rigatoni according to package directions.

  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking into large crumbles, 6-8 minutes.

  3. Drain rigatoni; add to sausage mixture. Add spinach, cream and 1/4 cup cheese; cook until spinach is wilted, 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Top with remaining cheese. If desired, sprinkle with toasted almonds.

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