A weeknight dinner dream come true! A complete meal in one pan. This one pan rigatoni is filling, comforting and full of flavor. 

Small bowl of pasta garnished with fresh parsley with red Dutch oven in background.

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One pan pasta, people. This method of cooking pasta is a game changer (I know I’m literally the last one to do this but I’ve never been one to jump on trends). I may never go back to the traditional way of cooking pasta in boiling water.

Spaghetti with meat sauce is always a go-to easy weeknight meal, but it makes so many dishes dirty! One for sauce, one for pasta, a colander to drain the pasta. And that’s without any side dishes. Say you roast some broccoli to go with it. That’s another dirty pan. The sink is starting to fill up with dirty dishes and all of a sudden your easy weeknight meal became kind of a pain in the you-kn0w-what.

Overhead of Dutch oven containing pasta, meat, and tomatoes, before the pasta is cooked.

This pasta gets ONE PAN dirty. Only one! You can still roast that broccoli to go with it – but line the pan with foil and then you’ll still only be at one pan. Or don’t line the pan with foil and you’re still down at least two dirty dishes – no colander for the pasta and only one pan for the rest of the show.

Overhead of Dutch oven containing fully cooked rigatoni pasta dish.

I use turkey Italian sausage in this recipe. It’s a nice switch up from plain ground turkey because it packs a lot of really great flavor into this one pan rigatoni before you even add any other ingredients. It also gives you some flexibility. We like to use sweet Italian sausage but if your family likes things a little spicier, get the spicy version of Italian sausage.

Front view of pasta in small bowl, with bottle of Holland House Red Cooking Wine in background.

More flavor is added with onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, oregano and garlic. Cooking the rigatoni right in the tomato mixture along with chicken broth gives this pasta dish an extra punch of flavor.

I give it an additional layer of flavor with Holland House Red Cooking Wine. The flavor of the wine is perfect with the tomatoes, sausage and vegetable.

Last but not least, for creamy richness, stir some cream cheese into this pasta. It’s one of my favorite twists on a traditional tomato pasta sauce. Adding cream cheese is easy to do and it adds such a great richness and creaminess to the pasta.

Front view of pasta in small bowl, with red Dutch oven in. background.

What more can I say? You’re all going to love this one pan rigatoni recipe! It’s a perfect quick weeknight meal and it also translates smoothly into entertaining.

PS: It’s done in 30 minutes.

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Overhead of rigatoni in red Dutch oven, ready to serve.

One Pan Rigatoni with Creamy Red Wine Tomato Sauce

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

A weeknight dinner dream come true! A complete meal in one pan. This one pan rigatoni is filling, comforting and full of flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 19.5 ounces turkey Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1 medium onion, diced (about 1/2 – 3/4 cup diced onion)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced (about 1 cup diced red bell pepper)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 16 oz. pkg. pasta (I recommend Rigatoni)
  • 4 ounces reduced fat cream cheese
  • Fresh parsley or basil to garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large, deep pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add Italian sausage, onion, bell pepper and cook, breaking up sausage, until onions are translucent and sausage is cooked through. Add garlic and cook for one minute or until fragrant.
  2. Add crushed tomatoes, wine, chicken broth, and oregano. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to a high simmer (medium/medium-low) and add pasta. Stir to combine and push pasta down into sauce, Cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring frequently, or until pasta is al dente.
  4. Reduce heat to low and add cream cheese. Stir until cream cheese is melted and combined. Serve topped with fresh parsley or basil, if desired.

Notes

Sweet or spicy Italian sausage, that’s up to you! We like sweet.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 of 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 398Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 772mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 29g

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