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  • 2 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 pound sweet sausage with fennel, removed from casings
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained
  • 3 stems rosemary, leaves stripped and chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 large head escarole, washed and coarsely chopped
  • A few grates nutmeg
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 pound rigatoni
  • A few handfuls grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 2 tablespoons butter


Serves: 4


Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with EVOO, 2 turns of the pan. Add sausage, brown and crumble; remove. Add onions and garlic to the skillet, season with salt and pepper, and stir until softened, 3-4 minutes. Add the beans, rosemary and white wine, and scrape up drippings on the bottom of the pan. Wilt greens into the beans; season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add stock and reduce heat to medium-low.

Salt pasta water and cook rigatoni 1 minute less than package directions. Reserve about 1 cup starchy water then drain.
Add sausage and pasta to skillet, and toss with half the reserved cooking water and a couple handfuls of cheese for about a minute. Add more water and the butter in small pieces and toss to coat and combine pasta with sauce. Serve with more cheese on top.


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