Quick & Easy restaurant-style spicy sausage Bolognese with vegetables, tomatoes, fire roasted red peppers, herbs and mascarpone served over rigatoni pasta topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, fresh basil and ricotta.
This is one of those recipes that feels restaurant worthy but we have simplified it and reduced the cooking time so you don’t have to spend the day prepping and cooking this “Sunday sauce” all you need is at most an hour set aside to make dinner.
Basically, we sauté ground spicy Italian sausage with olive oil, bacon, carrots, celery garlic and onion, and then add tomatoes and pureed fire roasted red peppers to it — all that rich, flavorful stuff turns the tomatoes into a tangy, slightly acidic sauce. Right before serving, we stir in mascarpone cheese which adds tang and creaminess to the sauce with a handful of chopped thyme, basil and oregano through the sauce and noodles. The flavor is spicy, fresh and herby, it’s definitely a comfort food.
Pasta night is definitely a night everyone loves and in our family it doesn’t happen so often so its really like a cheat meal for us where we really go all out and make loads of garlic bread and of course go over top with the freshly grated parmesan cheese making dinner time feel like we are in an authentic Italian restaurant.
A lot of “Sunday sauce” or Bolognese recipes have red wine which you need to reduce and cook down, in this version we skipped the wine and decided to puree some fire roasted red peppers and used that as the liquid mixed with our San Marzano tomatoes to form the basis of our sauce. The fire roasted red peppers make the sauce vibrant and add to the level of spiciness. If spicy is not your thing you can use tomato paste mixed with a bit of broth.
To finish off your pasta, we loaded it with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, fresh chopped basil, a spoonful of ricotta and then drizzle a bit of olive oil and freshly cracked black pepper. OH and don’t forget to serve this alongside your favorite garlic bread for that true authentic Italian feeling.
Fill up your plate and grab a seat at our table!