Thursday’s Scrumptious Bites 9/2

Posted by on September 2, 2010

scrumptiousbites summer copy I am so excited about our new Scrumptious Bites!  I am sure you have seen about my trip to Baking With Betty, maybe a little too much, but I loved it!  One of the best things for me was meeting some amazing food bloggers from all over the country.  I am going to use our Thursday’s Scrumptious Bites posts to introduce you to some of them.  This week our post is from Deborah at Taste and Tell.  I think you will love the simplicity and shear yumminess of her recipes!



“I’m a simple girl at heart. Most of my closet is made up of solids – not very many trendy prints for me. My dishes are plain white. I love white cake with chocolate frosting. So needless to say, when it comes to cooking, I usually keep things pretty real.

Now don’t get me wrong – I love to experiment and try new things in the kitchen. But the majority of the time, I’m drawn to simple meals.

Being a food blogger, you can get caught up in the latest kitchen trends and flavors, but I know that most people are like me and want something that can be made quickly, with few ingredients. Pantry staples are always a plus! So when I came across this recipe while browsing online, I knew it was one that my family would love.

I have to admit – I almost didn’t even take a picture of it, because I thought to myself – this is a recipe that is just too simple. One of those “duh” recipes. I wondered if people would even want me to share this recipe with them. But then I took a bite, and I decided that simple recipes like this are definitely the best recipes. The thing I love the most about this recipe? The fact that it is so versatile. Don’t have rigatoni? Use a different pasta! Want to add some extra veggies? Throw them into the sauce! But take my word when I say to cube the mozzarella in the sauce – it was such a pleasant surprise to find these little pockets of cheesy goodness all through my pasta.

Delicious doesn’t have to be complicated!”

Rigatoni with Cheesy-Tomato Sausage Sauce

Adapted from

Serves 4

Total time: 25 minutes

8 oz. rigatoni or other tube-shaped pasta

½ pound Italian sausage

1 24-ounce jar prepared pasta sauce

¼ cup shredded basil

2 ounces mozzarella, cubed (1/2 cup)

1 ounce (1/4 cup) shredded fresh Parmesan cheese


Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain.

Meanwhile, brown the sausage in a large saucepan. Drain. Add the pasta sauce and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low. Add the basil and mozzarella and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until the cheese is slightly melted.


To serve, spoon the sauce over the pasta. Top with Parmesan cheese.


“My name is Deborah, and I’ve been writing Taste and Tell since March of 2007. I grew up in a family that loves food and that love has been passed down to me. I love to try new recipes, and it’s rare for me to make something more than once!  I am the mother of a 19-month old girl, and I know that life can be hectic – especially when it comes to dinnertime. Most of my dinner recipes featured on Taste and Tell can be made in less than an hour, so they are realistic for everyday families. I love to spend time in the kitchen, but fast, easy and delicious are what I’m usually looking for!”


Come and share all your recipes, food tips, menu plans and anything else food related from this week in the linky below!


2 Responses to “Thursday’s Scrumptious Bites 9/2”
  1. Julie says:

    I linked one of my faves. It is easy, versatile, assembles the night before and is perfect to bring along to activites like MOPS or even to bring a family breakfast for dinner. I look forward to trying some of the other linked recipes.

  2. Bunny says:

    This looks delicious! And yes, simple is sometimes better, especially for busy moms! :)
    Thank you so much for all you ladies do! Have a great day! :)