Rigatoni with Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

A standby on tap for dinner last night. This one is a crowd pleaser and ⁣always part of the “clean plate club.” About an hour before dinner when I get asked what’s on the menu and I respond with this dish, kids are full of big smiles all around. Lots of you love it, too! Quick, easy and delicious! ⁣

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Rigatoni with Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Course: Main Course
Keyword: Gluten Free, Under 30 Minutes, Weeknight Meals
Servings: 4
Author: Denise


Sausage Mixture:⁣

  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil or olive oil⁣
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced⁣
  • 4 cloves garlic diced ⁣
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt⁣
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage mild⁣
  • 2 tsp Foxpoint seasoning or favorite Italian herb blend ⁣
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds⁣

Red Pepper Sauce:⁣

  • 12 oz. jar Roasted Red Peppers⁣
  • 2 garlic cloves⁣
  • ½ tsp kosher salt⁣
  • ½ tsp. Black pepper⁣
  • ¼ tsp. Smoked paprika⁣
  • tsp. Cayenne pepper⁣
  • 2 tbsp. butter⁣
  • 1 c. heavy cream⁣
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese⁣
  • ⁣2 pounds rigatoni I like the oversized ones⁣
  • ⁣⁣2 spring fresh basil chopped⁣


  • Fill a large stockpot with water and bring to a boil. ⁣
  • While water is heating, make sausage mixture. Heat oil over high heat in a large skillet. Add onions and garlic. Turn heat down to medium high and cook for 4-5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add salt to season. Add ground sausage, fennel and Italian seasoning. Cook 6-7 minutes or until browned. While cooking, use a wooden spoon or spatula to break up into small pieces. Turn heat off once browned and let sit. Cover to keep warm. ⁣
  • Once pasta water is boiling, add rigatoni. Cook for 11-13 minutes or according to package instructions. ⁣
  • While pasta is cooking, make red pepper sauce. Add the roasted red peppers, garlic cloves, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper to the blender. Pulse until smooth. Using a saucepan, on medium heat, add the roasted red pepper puree. Bring to a simmer. Add the butter and allow to melt. Add the cream and Parmesan Cheese. Stir until silky and smooth. Once warmed, mix with sausage mixture and allow flavors to combine.⁣
  • Drain rigatoni. Gently toss rigatoni and sausage mixture in a large pasta bowl. Serve on individual plates. ⁣Top with fresh basil and extra freshly grated Parmesan, if desired.


Serves 4-6
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