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Use extra or leftover grilled bratwurst to make this creamy, easy bratwurst pasta made with rigatoni pasta! Ready in about 30 minutes and perfect for a quick weeknight meal.
Bratwurst is not something I grew up eating. Surprising, considering my German heritage! It just wasn't something that my Mom fixed, whether it was a grilled bratwurst on a bun, or a more creative recipe like this bratwurst pasta. When I married my husband, he quickly discovered that brats weren't in our regular summer grilling rotation and petitioned me to start buying brats.
"Thank you for this!! I made it tonight and it was a huge hit. Easy, quick, and tasty. I think this will be a household staple recipe now."- Sally, Blog Comment
My husband's family boils their brats in beer to keep them nice and juicy, and then throws them on the grill to finish them. This method keeps them nice and juicy.
"Turned out amazing! Used whole wheat spaghetti noodles as that’s what I had on hand and added some southwest chipotle seasoning to it to add more of a kick! Possibly one of my new favorites!"- Lacey, Pinterest User
I had never heard the term "brat fry" until I made friends with an old coworker who was from Wisconsin. In Wisconsin, it's tradition to have a "brat fry" on Friday nights.
"5 stars. Simple to make and very pleasant flavor. Will make again."- Valerie, Pinterest User
This just means grilling out, but you also see grills set up in the parking lots of corner stores selling grilled brats and all the fixings. We took this brat fry tradition back to Kansas City with us and always cheers to our Wisconsin friends when it's time to grill up some brats.
Sometimes, I have leftover brats in the fridge, and we want to do something different with them. And other times, we buy a pack of brats and then we get rained on, so we can't grill them like we had planned! I created this easy bratwurst pasta recipe with those extra leftover brats in mind!
"So good! Spicy and delicious! We'll definitely make again 😁"- Lisa, Pinterest User
Brats are made for grilling, but all good cooks need a backup plan! This pasta is slightly reminiscent of a creamy Cajun pasta, using many of the same spices you find in creole pasta dishes. I used rigatoni pasta, but you could truly use whatever pasta you had on hand.
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East Bratwurst Pasta Recipe made with Rigatoni Pasta:
If your bratwurst is already cooked, congratulations! You get to skip Step #2 and save some time. *If you don't have bratwurst, consider substituting pre-cooked sausage. Just slice it and move on to step #2!
If your bratwurst is already cooked, congratulations! You get to skip Step #2 and save some time.
*If you don't have bratwurst, consider substituting pre-cooked sausage. Just slice it and move on to step #2!