Italian Sausage Rigatoni with Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce

Italian sausage rigatoni in a white bowl

Italian sausage rigatoni with a spicy tomato cream sauce is an easy, hearty, weeknight meal full of flavor and comfort. Control the heat to please your pallet. Use spicy Italian sausage if you want to kick the heat up or use sweet to keep it mild. Fire-roasted tomatoes and pancetta add layers of extra soul-warming flavor.

Italian Sausage Rigatoni with Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce

browned Italian sausage and pancetta

Cook the rigatoni according to package instructions. While the pasta is cooking, brown the Italian Sausage and pancetta in a large skillet. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.

In the same skillet saute the onion until translucent, add the garlic and saute one minute. Add the fire-roasted tomatoes and white wine. Simmer and reduce the liquid to about half.

pasta sauce in skillet

Lower the heat, stir in the cream, spinach, salt, pepper, crushed red peppers, Italian sausage, and pancetta. Cook until the cream is heated through and spinach is wilted. Add the Parmesan and simmer until the sauce has thickened slightly.

Drain the pasta, add the sauce to the pasta saucepan (or vice versa), stir to coat the pasta, serve and enjoy!

rigatoni dish in a white bowl with red/white napkin and white wine

Comfort food at it’s BEST!

close up of rigatoni in white bowl

Ugh, I’m drooling as I write this post! Must put this on the menu asap.

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Italian Sausage Rigatoni with Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce
 
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Italian Sausage Rigatoni with Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce - Easy, hearty, delicious pasta dinner to please everyone!
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 12 oz rigatoni
  • 12 oz Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 oz Pancetta, cubed
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ cup white wine (or stock of your choice)
  • 1 14.5oz can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt the water. Add the pasta and cook according to package instructions. While the pasta is cooking begin the sauce.
  2. In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Brown the Italian sausage and pancetta. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate, set aside.
  3. Add the onion, saute until translucent. Add the garlic and saute another minute.
  4. Add the wine and fire-roasted tomatoes, simmer and reduce the liquid by half.
  5. Lower the heat, stir in the cream, spinach, salt, pepper, crushed red peppers, Italian sausage, and pancetta. Simmer until the cream is heated and the spinach is wilted. Add the Parmesan cheese and simmer until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Drain the pasta, pour the sauce over and stir to coat evenly.
  8. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 1030 Fat: 58.4 Saturated fat: 23.4 Carbohydrates: 76.8 Sugar: 8.8 Sodium: 1940 Protein: 49.2
Italian Sausage Rigatoni with Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce - Easy, hearty, delicious pasta dinner to please everyone!

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Comments

  1. Reply

    I am planning on making this for my kids when they fly in for Christmas tomorrow! Looks so good!

    1. Reply

      Hey Joann! They are gonna love this dish, it’s crazy delish!

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  3. Reply

    Italian sausage is one of my favorite flavors! This recipe looks and sounds so good. I will be featuring it on this week’s Party in Your PJ’s. Thank you for linking up. Pinned and shared!

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Teresa!

  4. Reply

    I love recipes like this. Proper comfort food knocked up in a jiffy.

    xx

  5. Reply

    Thank you for sharing on the Whisk It Wednesday Link Party at Carrie’s Home Cooking. Tomorrow when the new party begins you will be featured. I hope to see you there tomorrow! Cheers~ Carrie

  6. Reply

    Outstanding recipe we just made more sauce than it called for

  7. Reply

    I made this last night and everyone loved it. Really excellent flavors and so simple. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Reply

      Hi, Jill! Thank you so much for coming by to tell us how much you liked the recipe!!! Always makes our day to hear from our readers. 🙂

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    I am back to your site to write this recipe down and add to my recipe box. This a compliment as I rarely do this. I made this dish for my children at Christmas, they loved it! I used spicy Italian Sausage and omitted the red pepper flakes. My sister is coming to town and I want to make it for her (mostly, so I can eat it again). Thanks for a tasty recipe!

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Joann! I hope your sister enjoys the dish. 😉

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