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Sausage-Stuffed Rigatoni

Ravioli isn't the only pasta shape you can fill
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If you're going to make stuffed pasta, your brain might lean toward ravioli or tortellini. But open-ended pasta shapes can hold their own—just ask Jason Vincent and Ben Lustbader, the chefs behind Giant in Chicago. Here, the duo are sharing a simplified version of a dish hitting the menu at their impossible-to-get-into restaurant: Tubes of rigatoni filled with Italian sausage that get tossed in a quick sauce of cherry tomatoes and rapini. 

Watch the chefs make the dish on Facebook Live.

Stuffed Rigatoni

Recipe adapted from Jason Vincent and Ben Lustbader, Giant, Chicago, IL

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus cooling time

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes, plus cooling time

Ingredients

½ pound dried rigatoni (medium to small works the best)

¾ pound Italian sausage, uncased

1 large egg

Olive oil

1 cup minced onion

2 tablespoons thinly sliced garlic (from about 3 cloves)

20 cherry tomatoes, halved (approximately 2 cups)

2 tablespoons butter

Reserved pasta water

1 cup rapini, chopped fine

1 teaspoon chopped anchovy fillets

Parmesan or pecorino cheese, to garnish

Juice from 1 lemon

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

1. Blanch the rigatoni in salted boiling water until it still has a very firm bite, approximately 10 minutes. Remove to a parchment-lined tray greased with cooking spray and allow to cool. (Do not coat the pasta in oil.) Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.

2. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the Italian sausage until it becomes sticky. Add the egg and continue to beat until it's completely incorporated. Transfer the mixture into a piping bag or Ziploc with the corner cut off. Fill each of the rigatoni with the sausage mixture, making sure that the sausage extends past each end.

3. In a wide, shallow pot, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil and sweat the onions and garlic until the garlic smells sweet, approximately 4 to 6 minutes. Add the halved tomatoes to the pan and cook until most of the liquid is gone.  

4. Add the stuffed rigatoni, butter and reserved pasta water.  Gently shake the pan and cover with a lid, lowering the heat until the water is just simmering. After 2 minutes, remove the lid and continue to cook until most of the water is gone.

5. Add the rapini, anchovies and a little Parmesan to the pot. Test one of the rigatoni to make sure the sausage is cooked through. Season with lemon juice , salt and pepper.

6. Divide the pasta onto 4 plates, garnish with more Parmesan and olive oil, and serve.

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