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Cozy Night Pasta

Cozy Night Pasta

For the most part, we are a gluten-free and dairy-free household, for various reasons, but on weekends, we splurge and go a bit pasta crazy- everything in moderation, right?! You can make this dish with gluten-free pasta and it’s still delicious but if you are ok with the gluten, I suggest going with an organic rigatoni or another hearty shape that sauce binds well to, like penne or orecchiette.

I discovered this recipe one chilly autumn night last year, when scrolling through an issue of Food and Wine Magazine, one of my favorite subscriptions. I loved this idea of adding grainy mustard, white wine and cream to a sausage pasta. After tasting it, we decided to make this a permanent family dish. I have shared this recipe on my Instagram stories and got all rave reviews back from those who tested it out. It’s super easy to make so it can be a weeknight meal or a crowd pleaser for a dinner party.



Pasta with Sausage, Basil and Mustard

Discovered in Food and Wine Magazine

Created by British cookbook author, Nigel Slater



  • 1 pound rigatoni, penne or orecchiette 
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 8 hot Italian sausages, meat removed from casings and crumbled (about 1 1/2 pounds) *I use sweet Italian sausages because my daughter is sensitive to spice.
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine 
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream 
  • 3 tablespoons grainy mustard 
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper 
  • 1 cup thinly sliced basil

How to Make It


Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente; drain. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet. Add the sausage meat and brown over moderately high heat, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and simmer, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom, until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add the cream, mustard and crushed red pepper and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat, add the pasta and basil and toss to coat. Serve at once.


Food and Wine suggested pairing: California Merlot