Cavatelli with Sausage and Peas

  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 40 min


Kosher salt

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 hot Italian sausage links, casings removed (about 10 ounces)

1 small onion, finely chopped

3 tablespoons tomato paste

2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary

1/2 cup dry red wine

1 pound frozen cavatelli

1 cup frozen peas

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1/2 cup grated pecorino romano cheese, plus more for topping


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Crumble the sausage into the skillet and add the onion. Cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until the onion is softened, about 8 minutes. Increase the heat to medium high and cook, stirring, until the sausage and onion are lightly browned, about 2 minutes.
  2. Push the mixture to the sides of the skillet and add the tomato paste in the middle. Cook the tomato paste, stirring, until darkened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the rosemary, then stir the tomato paste into the sausage and onion. Stir in the wine and bring to a simmer. Cook until the wine is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups of the boiling water and bring the sauce to a boil. Cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  3. While the sauce cooks, add the cavatelli and peas to the remaining boiling water and cook as the cavatelli label directs. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water, then drain.
  4. Add the cavatelli, peas and parsley to the sauce and bring to a simmer. Toss to coat, adding more cooking water as needed to loosen. Remove from the heat, sprinkle with the cheese and toss. Divide among bowls and top with more cheese.

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Nicole Humphrey

Great pasta dish. I didn’t really know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. It came together very easily. I used a local Italian sausage blend called Graziano’s sausage which is a little less spicy than hot Italian sausage, but it had enough kick. I also used a different pasta shape, and just a boxed pasta. I will definitely be making it again, no changes.

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