The base of this pasta is a tomato sauce, but the ingredients added to that sauce cover the entire spectrum of flavors. The tomatoes provide the sweet-acidic base. Marinated artichoke hearts add a tangy note. Sweet sun-dried tomatoes deepened the tomato with their concentrated sugars. Then there’s the spicy Italian sausage kicking it up a notch. Rigatoni is a great choice because the wide tubes are perfect to carry more of this sauce along with every bite.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can make it in a pressure cooker OR on the stovetop. Making it in a pressure cooker allows you to cook the dried noodles right in the sauce, saving time and cleaning up a second pot. The whole thing is done in a quick 7 minutes of cooking time. Yes, you do need to wait for the pressure cooker to build pressure, but it’s a quick-release of pressure at the end and you’ll find the whole process gives you just enough time to tidy up the kitchen and lay the table. No need to call folks to the table – with the way this smells, they’ll be seated and waiting!