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Mushroom Rigatoni with Italian Sausage

October is Italian-American heritage month, and Johnsonville wants to help celebrate by joining us during our family mealtime with their delicious Italian sausage!

We’ve been incorporating Johnsonville Italian sausage into our family meals for a long time, because it’s an easy way to spice up favorite recipes, especially on weekdays when I’m pressed for time, and whenever I make pasta and need something to make it extra special. The flavors are already packed in the sausage, a perfect blend of fresh herbs and spices, so I can just add it to any dish to elevate it ♥︎

This time of year we entertain a lot, so it’s also a great food for a crowd. Pasta is always easy and quick to make, so when feeding many people, pasta with sausage is sure to please all your hungry guests in a unique (and quick) way.


Johnsonville sausage is made the Johnsonville Way – from a team dedicated to creating the best sausage in America with choice cuts of meat and a variety of flavors and spices mixed in. Some of the varieties Johnsonville Sausage offers to help you celebrate Italian-American heritage with a great meal are:

Fresh Italian Mild Sausage Links
Fresh Italian Hot Sausage Links
Fresh Italian Sweet Sausage Links
Fresh Italian Four Cheese Sausage Links
All Natural Fresh Italian Mild Ground Sausage
All Natural Fresh Italian Hot Ground Sausage
All Natural Fresh Italian Sweet Ground Sausage
Chorizo Ground Sausage

Looking for a unique twist on a traditional recipe? Try the sausage stuffing we made last year with Johnsonville for Thanksgiving! Today I’m sharing a recipe for Mushroom Rigatoni with Italian Sausage, inspired by the Spinach Cheese Tortellini with Italian Sausage recipe created by Johnsonville chef Cole Hansen. It’s a favorite pasta dish enhanced with the flavor booster of Johnsonville Italian Sausage.


Mushroom Rigatoni with Italian Sausage Recipe


1 package (1 lb) rigatoni
2 tbs olive oil
1 package (12 oz) Johnsonville® Fresh Mild Ground Sausage
8 ounces baby bella mushrooms
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 can (14.5 oz) tomato diced
1/2 jar (8 oz) roasted tomato sauce
1/2 cup shredded spinach
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste



1. Boil rigatoni with 6 quarts of salted water and cook according to package to al dente
2. In large skillet, add two tablespoons of olive oil over high heat, then add Johnsonville Italian Sausage and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring, then set aside on dish lined with paper towels.
3. Cook mushrooms in a pan for about 5 minutes until tender, and add in minced garlic and cook additional 2 minutes.
4. Stir in sausage, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and spinach and let simmer for 8 minutes until spinach is wilted.
5. Add rigatoni to pan and toss until well coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with parmesan cheese.


See? You don’t have to be a culinary expert to make a simple dish that is out of this world yummy and will make everyone happy. Johnsonville can help make favorite recipes even better, and make everyone at the dinner table happy.


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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville. The opinions and text are all mine.