Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wagon Wheel Pasta With Broccoli Rabe, Beans, Sausage Pomodoro

What a fun pasta!!!! Who use to play with their food?

Does anyone remember these? Or still use them. Wagon Wheel Pasta (Or Rotelle Pasta) was a childhood favorite in our household.
The only thing missing is that warm hot crusty Italian Bread! A glass of dry white wine will go nice with this dish as well.

Fresh tomatoes, tomato paste and white wine simmered to perfection!
The kids will love these~

The flavors of Broccoli Rabe sauteed in extra virgin olive oil, garlic with the sausage and beans gives this a wonderful robust flavor to the sauce.

Wagon Wheel Pasta was a fun favorite as a kid, mom used to use these in soup all the time. Half of them would get wheeled around the table.

I love using fresh tomatoes, but if you can't use them canned is fine, pick all natural for the best flavors or with added spices.

1 16 oz box of Wagon Wheels pasta
2 cans Northern White Beans (or prepared Fresh Beans )
1 clove minced garlic
1 pound Italian sausage links sliced
1 pound can of diced tomatoes with basil and oregano added (or add your own spices about 1/2 teaspoon each) or 4 fresh plum tomatoes and add your own spices to taste)
1 can tomato paste

1 cup water
1/2 cup white wine
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon cayenne, black pepper and salt
fresh basil
2 cans of chicken broth
1 lb of Broccoli Rabe( washed, stalk cut off, boiled till tender, water squeezed out set aside.)
In a large fry pan saute broccoli rabe, sausage in olive oil and minced garlic. After sausage is almost brown add beans to get garlic to flavor the beans. Add the tomatoes, wine and chicken broth, tomato paste and water, add extra water if this gets too thick let simmer 30 minutes.
Meanwhile cook wagon wheels pasta in boiling salted water, seperately.
Pour the tomato sauce mixture over the wagon wheels, serve with grating cheese, and fresh basil. Hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do!

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