This isn’t my Grandma’s recipe but, it reminds me of her. She was always cooking up some Italian fare. My desire to cook and feed people must come from her because my Mother could burn water. Cut up hot dogs mixed with a can of pork ‘n beans was considered a meal…grossss!! Ice cream ate right out of the half gallon container was dessert. That could probably be why I don’t (very rarely) eat sweets to this day. Who knows?
All I know is my Grams could cook and I made many Italian meals with her or wanted the recipe when she cooked a special dish. Everyone raved about her cooking. When she passed away I wanted one simple thing of hers. A cookbook. I love all of her sidenotes and adjustments and just seeing her handwriting 🙂
My lil tribute to Grams, Rigatoni with Meat Sauce…
1 lb. bulk Italian sausage (I used hot, to spice it up)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 (16 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 1/2 t. Italian seasoning
1 t. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. crushed red pepper
1/2 of a 1 lb. package Rigatoni
Grated parmesan cheese
In a large skillet or Dutch oven, combine Italian sausage, onion and garlic. Cook until sausage is no longer pink; drain off fat.
Stir in next six ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Prepare Rigatoni according to package directions; drain.
Serve with meat sauce and top with parmesan cheese, if desired.
Yield: 4-6 servings