Casserole Pasta with Sausage, Cherry Tomatoes and Arugula

By: Marge Perry & David Bonom


1 pound  sweet Italian sausage squeezed out from the casings
2 medium onions, finely chopped
8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 pound dry gemelli pasta
1 pound cherry tomatoes (assorted colors), halved
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups baby arugula
3/4 cup freshly shredded Romano cheese, plus additional for serving
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Heat a casserole pan over medium heat. Add the sausage and onions and cook, breaking sausage into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon, until the onion is translucent and the sausage starts to brown, 15-17 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until it is tender and golden, 5-6 minutes.
  2. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the pasta, cherry tomatoes, salt and 5 1/2 cups water. Cook, stirring very often, until the pasta is tender and the liquid is thickened, about 18-20 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the arugula, cheese and pepper, stirring until the arugula is wilted. Divide among 6 bowls and top with additional cheese if desired.