rigatoni noodles with bolognese sauce in pan
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Rigatoni Recipe

Creamy Rigatoni - Tender rigatoni pasta covered in a creamy bolognese sauce. Comforting, rich and absolutely delicious! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: rigatoni, rigatoni bolognese, rigatoni noodles, rigatoni pasta
Servings: 6
Calories: 548kcal
Author: Jamielyn Nye


  • 12 ounces rigatoni noodles
  • 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion , minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 15 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream , or half and half
  • 1-2 cups chopped kale , or baby spinach

Salt and red pepper flakes

    Optional: fresh parsley, basil and/or parmesan cheese for serving


      • Cook the noodles according to package in salted water. Reserve 1 cup water and then drain noodles.
      • While the noodles are cooking, heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-heat. Add the onion and bell peppers. Cook until tender. Add the garlic and sausage. Cook until browned. Drain any grease.
      • Stir in the Italian seasoning, tomatoes, tomato paste and chicken broth. Turn the heat to low and then slowly stir in the heavy cream. Once it has come to a light simmer, add in the kale. Season with salt and pepper. Then add noodles and toss. Add reserved water if needed to thin out.
      • Serve rigatoni with fresh parmesan cheese and herbs on top.


      • If you don't have rigatoni noodles, both penne or ziti noodles work great.
      • Don't love kale? Feel free to use baby spinach instead or leave it out.
      • Can use ground beef instead of sausage if preferred.
      Baked rigatoni:
      This rigatoni also tastes delicious baked in the oven. Once you've stirred the noodles and sauce together place in a grease 9x13" pan. Then top with 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese. Then bake at 350°F for 20-30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly. 


      Calories: 548kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 623mg | Potassium: 696mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2405IU | Vitamin C: 42.9mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 2.8mg