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With a working wife and three teenage boys, I understand the need for a quick, tasty meal that requires a minimum of time and few dishes to wash.  This dish fulfills those requirements and more.  This dish is perfect for building upon and making your very own.  Don’t like mustard’s, try collards, or turnips.  Why not use chard instead?  What about kale, or spinach? Why not add mushrooms?  Do you like your dishes spicier? Use, hot Italian sausage, or add some hot pepper flakes to the sauce.  You could even dress this dish up by using your own home made sauce.


(This recipe is a riff off of a Rigatoni with sausage and Napa cabbage.  If you don’t like Mustard greens, use one head of Napa cabbage, quartered.  Proceed with the recipe.)

  • 1 Box Rigatoni, cooked al dente
  • 6 cups simple tomato sauce, or Marzano crushed tomatoes.
  • 1 lb ground turkey or beef
  • ½ lb Italian sausage
  • Chopped garlic to taste
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch of mustard greens, with tough stems removed, washed.
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dried basil, oregano, thyme
  • Add a cup or so of corn.


Blanche greens, drain and squeeze dry.

Brown the ground meat and sausage.  Drain most of the oil from pan. Add onion, garlic, dried herbs and tomatoes. Simmer.

Add greens and Rigatoni.  Heat through.  Correct seasoning. Serve.


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Joseph C. Phillips

Joseph C. Phillips was born on January 17, 1962 in Denver, Colorado, USA as Joseph Connor Phillips. He is an actor, known for General Hospital (1994), The Cosby Show (1984) and Strictly Business (1991). He has been married to Nicole since 1994. They have three children.

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