Tonight I made Rigatoni Alla Toto, from the cookbook America’s Test Kitchen. This is quickly becoming a family favorite. The best part was the whole meal was amazing, filling and super affordable.
Here’s the recipe:
3 Tbl. EVOO
1 Small onion, finely chopped
1 lb Sweet Italian sausage, with our without fennel, casings removed
1 c. dry white wine
A few basil leaves
pinch of fennel if using plain sausage
1 1/2 c. heavy cream
1 lb. Rigatoni
1/2 grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Heat the oil in skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the sausage, brown, then the wine and cook for 1 minute. Add the basil, ground fennel if using, and cream and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes or until sausage is cooked through.
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, add pasta and cook according to directions on box. Drain well and toss with sauce. Serve with Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Best part of this meal…the whole thing was under $5, and I cooked with wine.
Sweet Italian Sausage $1.75 – bought on sale with a coupon
white wine $1
basil off my plant
grated cheese – I didn’t use any, the guys did let’s call it 25¢
lettuce 89¢-although I didn’t use it all- so 50¢
dressing-I made it about $1
I have Tangerine Balsamic Vinegar and Blood Orange Olive Oil both of which are “Money 4 This” items. Each bottle is about $22 and it goes a long ways. I have had these since October.
So the total with salad is looking like $5.25 for all 4 of us. I also had a glass of wine with my dinner making my portion $2.31.
I often times use the Charles Shaw ($2.99) wine from Traders Joes to cook with, but today I tried a different one. It’s Panilonco and it’s $3.99 a bottle. I also bought the Malbec/Merlot. I love the Malbecs. I was able to sample these and really liked them and because the price was so good I got a few for cooking. I really like to cook with wine as it gives food real depth.
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