A simple and delicious chili with Italian sausage, rigatoni, two kinds of beans and savory spices! A one pot dish ready in 30 minutes or less!
8 ounces mild Italian sausage (about 3 large sausage links), casings removed
4 ounces rigatoni noodles, dry
3 cups chicken broth
1 can cannelini or great northern white beans, drained and rinsed
1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup tomato puree (canned is fine)
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (any italian seasoning blend will do)
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 white onion, diced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/3 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Slice sausage into 1/2 inch pieces and cook over medium heat in a large pot, stirring throughout to ensure even cooking. (I’ve found it’s easiest to cut the sausage if you freeze it for 10-15 minutes beforehand.) When sausage is cooked through, transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Add chicken broth to pot and bring to a boil. Add noodles and cook 6-8 minutes until tender. Return sausage to the pot.
Add all remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Cook 5-10 minutes longer, stirring throughout. Garnish with additional cilantro if desired. Enjoy!