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italian recipe help needed!

alkapal Sep 18, 2008 06:10 AM

i am seeking a recipe for this rigatoni dish i had recently. it had fresh italian sausage chunks, hot cherry peppers, in a light tomato sauce. can anyone help me with a recipe, pretty please? and does the dish have a specific name? i've googled, and found similar dishes on menus, but no recipes....


  1. JoanN Sep 18, 2008 07:28 AM

    If you can’t find the recipe you’re looking for, perhaps you could play around with a recipe that’s close and make some of your own substitutions. For instance, here’s a rigatoni with sausage recipe from Epicurious:
    Instead of the arugula, you could substitute sautéed peperoncini and for the canned tomatoes, substitute a light tomato sauce such as this one.

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    1. re: JoanN
      alkapal Sep 18, 2008 07:37 AM

      that looks good. the pickled cherry peppers really made the dish. i could just add them in! in fact, the tomatoes might work better than a "sauce", too. thanks!

      1. re: alkapal
        critter101 Sep 19, 2008 09:18 AM

        Here's a recipe I've been meaning to try - sounds almost like the one you're looking for, with the addition of chicken.


        1. re: critter101
          alkapal Sep 19, 2008 01:24 PM

          critter, this may be close....in my dish, the pickled cherry peppers were halved. your link's recipe also didn't have any tomato component, though. thanks for the background info about "scarpariello".

    2. alkapal Nov 22, 2008 09:14 AM

      folks, i made the rigatoni dish and with a light tomato sauce, as joanN suggested.

      but, warning: in adding cherry peppers to the dish like i'd had at the italian restaurant, do NOT use the cherry peppers labeled "hot". just use the regular whole cherry peppers, halved and seeded. the "hot " ones i used were downright incendiary!

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