Haven’t given dinner a thought yet but have a family full of hungry people? This Pantry Pasta is sitting right there in your well-stocked cupboard. We’ll talk.
These are a few items I suggest you have on hand for emergencies:
Pasta – preferably a short or curly shape to catch all the flavors of the sauce.
First, I knew I had pork sausage that my husband had picked up from Erewhon, a super healthy, fabulously expensive market around LA and thought it would be a terrific addition to this quick pantry pasta sauce. Next, one of my mainstays for the past 20 years – Rao’s Arrabbiata Sauce. I always have 3 or 4 jars on hand and I rarely make tomato sauce from scratch because it it that good.
When I cook, especially pasta, I will always add some greens to the dish. I guess my thinking goes like this… if I am eating pasta, the greens cancel out some of the carbs, right? They definitely add vitamins.
Then I will check to see what greens I have in the fridge – spinach, kale, broccoli or Swiss chard will all work in this recipe. They can be added at the end except the broccoli which you will have to pop into the pasta water for a few minutes before adding to the tomato sauce.
This recipe only takes about 25 minutes and that includes boiling the water! A perfect meal for a busy weeknight.Print
The best and quickest recipe made from items in your cupboard.
1 pound of pasta (short noodle, fusilli, penne, rigatoni)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 jar of Rao’s Arrabbiata Sauce
1/2 red onion, finely diced
4 pork, chicken or turkey sausage, preferable uncooked, taken out of casing
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Parmesan for finishing
Fill a large deep pan with water and bring to a boil. Add 2 teaspoons of salt when boiling.
When water is boiling, add pasta and cook until al dente (still slightly firm).
Heat up a large saucepan, add olive oil, then add onion. Sauté until translucent (4-5 minutes)
Take sausages out of their casing and crumble into the pan with onion. Stir and break up sausage until cooked through.
Pour jar of sauce over the sausage mixture, add oregano and whatever greens you are using.
Cook for another 5-10 minutes covered over low heat then pour pasta into sauce, mix and top with shredded Parmesan.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Pasta
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: italian food, pasta, tomato sauce, sausage, pantry friendly