– 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling – 1 large shallot or medium sweet onion or red onion, finely chopped – 1-2 teaspoons sea salt plus salt for the pasta water (1-1 ½ tablespoons for the pasta water) – 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or more, to taste – 1-28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes I use San Marzano – 1 cup chopped tomatoes almost ½ lb (I used plum tomatoes) – ½ cup unsalted vegetable broth or water – 15 oz sweet peas canned frozen or fresh – 1 lb rigatoni or any short pasta like penne, casarecce, fussili – ¾ cup finely grated ricotta salata for serving (or Parmigiano-Reggiano, or pecorino) – a small handful chopped fresh rosemary for serving (or thyme, or basil) optional
Cook time: 25 min
Can I use ground turkey or ground beef? Yes, you could use either ground turkey or ground beef. The sauce will still be delicious. I just happened to have ground chicken on hand, and that’s what I used for the sauce.
Can I make ground chicken sauce in a slow cooker? Yes, you can make this ground chicken sauce in your slow cooker. Start by cooking the shallot (or onions), ground chicken, tomatoes and canned tomatoes in a skillet. You don’t have to cook the chicken all the way through. What does it mean to cook pasta al dente? Cooking pasta al dente in Italian means “to the tooth”. Which means, when you take a bite of the pasta, it is NOT MUSHY, it should have a slight chew. It should be a little firm, and it is the best consistency to serve the pasta with the sauce.
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