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Jovial Pasta with Italian Sausage and a Smoky Tomato Cream Sauce

pappardelle with italian sausage and a smoky tomato cream sauce

Jovial Pappardelle with Italian Sausage and a Smoky Tomato Cream Sauce

I can truly say I found Jovial pasta before they found me.  I like to admit this.  I became a huge fan years ago when I found this delightful pasta sitting on the shelves of my natural market.

I had been looking for a whole grain pasta that wasn’t whole wheat, which can be heavy and tasteless and difficult to digest.  Jovial Einkorn pasta was the alternative I was looking for.  Boasting a high amount of protein and lower gluten content per serving, this nutty delicious pasta became my new favorite.  Until of course they introduced their line of brown rice pasta that is gluten-free.

Pappardelle, lasagna sheets, fusilli and more.  Deliciously light and silky in texture with a taste similar to traditional pasta.  When I first served the pappardelle, my family hadn’t a clue it was brown rice pasta instead of traditional.  In fact, I never mentioned it and no one seemed to notice.  They gobbled it up and there wasn’t a speck of food left in the serving bowl.

Jovial Brand Pasta and Products

Unless I prepare my own fresh pasta, Jovial is the brand that is always in my pantry and it’s the only brand of pasta I use for my clients.  I always hear rave reviews about the taste and the texture of Jovial pasta.  Which makes this Mom and Chef very happy.

This delicious little recipe is a new version of a recipe I’ve been preparing for years.  I call it Pasta Bennett most of the time but this new version deserved a new title.  Jovial pasta of your choice tossed with Italian sausage and laced with a smoky tomato cream sauce, prepared with loveliest Jovial diced tomatoes.  I love that Jovial organic diced tomatoes are in glass jars and not cans, which keep the tomatoes fresh, sweet, and perfectly delicious.  Tastes like summer in a jar!

I use the entire line of Jovial products and I’m never disappointed.  The highest quality, freshness and love go into each product and the results are delightfully delicious.

Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,


Jovial Pasta with Italian Sausage and a Smoky Tomato Cream Sauce

This dish is easy enough for a weeknight meal but tasty enough for dinner guests.  I used the brown rice egg pappardelle, which happens to be one of my favorite Jovial pastas.  But I’ve prepared this dish with the Jovial penne, fusilli and torn lasagna sheets.

It’s important to use high quality ingredients for the best flavor.  Home canned tomatoes are divine but if you don’t have any in stock, the Jovial brand diced tomatoes are fresh and delicious.  Truly impressive.

Serves 4


1 package Jovial brand Pappardelle (or your favorite Jovial brand pasta)

¾ – 1lb Sweet Italian Sausage links (either a pre-cooked or fresh link sausage. I like Isernio’s Sweet Italian Sausage links or Aidells pre-cooked traditional Italian sausage)

2 cloves garlic, finely diced

1 cup heavy cream

1 18 oz jar Jovial diced tomatoes

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

½ teaspoon dried Italian herbs or dried oregano

Pinch of red pepper flakes

2 lemon slices, each sliced in half to make four pieces

Handful of fresh basil leaves, either chiffonade or torn

Handful of torn prosciutto (optional)

Fresh grated parmesan

Salt and pepper to taste


Prepare the pasta according to package directions. If using brown rice pasta, toss with a splash of olive oil when the pasta is done.

Add a little olive oil to the bottom of a large sauté pan or skillet and heat over medium high heat.  When the oil is hot, brown the sausage links, either cooking through or re-heating.

Once the sausage is browned and/or cooked through, let them cool a bit and then thinly slice. Set aside.

In the same pan, heat a little oil (if needed) over medium heat and sauté the diced garlic for about 30 seconds.  Then whisk in the heavy cream and let the cream simmer and reduce by about half.  It will thicken just a bit.

Stir in the diced tomatoes, smoked paprika, dried herbs, red pepper flakes and lemon slices. Season with a little salt and pepper.

Bring the sauce to a very slow simmer and then add the sausage back into the sauce.  Let the sauce simmer for a few minutes, incorporating all the flavors.  Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

Place the prepared pasta in a large pasta bowl or platter.  Gently toss the torn basil and torn prosciutto with the sauce and then ladle over the pasta.  Garnish heavily with fresh grated parmesan and serve immediately.

I love this pasta served with a balsamic vinaigrette dressed spinach and arugula salad with sliced cremini mushrooms and toasted almonds.  Sprinkled with cracked black pepper and sea salt.

Dinner is done!

** Full Disclosure: Jovial Brand Pasta’s sent me a lovely box of pastas for this post. Although I have it always stocked, I’m deeply grateful for their generous donation and I cannot say enough good things about this company and their products.   ~Karista Bennett/Karista’s Kitchen




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  • Reply
    Maria | Pink Patisserie
    December 10, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    This looks like perfect cozy winter food! I’ve yet to give that brand a try but I will! Looks so delicious as usual Karista!

    • Reply
      December 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Thank you Maria! It’s truly my favorite brand. I like all the pastas especially the Einkorn spaghetti and the brown rice pappardelle. The diced tomatoes are exquisite! Truly tastes like summer in a jar. Definitely worth the purchase for a really good sauce. Hugs friend!

  • Reply
    Coco in the Kitchen
    December 10, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Love the name, Jovial. Makes me smile.

    This is a great dish, especially with the busy holidays.
    I don’t have a lot of time, but still want real food for dinner,
    you know what I mean?

    • Reply
      December 11, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Great company Coco. I love quality ingredients and Jovial definitely provides quality and taste in their products.
      I’m the same, short on time but still want real food for dinner. I’ve made this dish for years and I’ve got it down to a science so it’s super easy and quick. Basically whipping together sauce while the pasta is cooking and then combine all ingredients and serve. Love that! 🙂

  • Reply
    December 11, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Jovial is new to me. I’ll have to check it out. I’m totally on board with the sausage. I eat a lot of local sausage.
    I love this flatware in the photo.

    • Reply
      December 13, 2013 at 10:56 am

      Wendy I’m a sausage gal myself! Love it in almost everything. I’m not a huge fan of dried pasta but I have to say Jovial pastas are delicious. I can eat a dish of Einkorn spaghetti with butter and cheese and it’s so flavorful and delicious. Hope you’re having a lovely holiday season… and welcome back O!

  • Reply
    kelley {mountain mama cooks}
    December 12, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I, too, love Jovial! The brown rice pasta is a staple in our house and the olive oil is out of this world! xoxo

    • Reply
      December 13, 2013 at 10:57 am

      There isn’t one product from Jovial that I don’t love. All so tasty and you can tell they’re prepared with quality ingredients. Wishing you a fabulous holiday season Kelley 🙂

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