one pot rigatoni with sausage in creamy tomato sauce

main dishes

Italian Sausage? We eat a lot of it! We bake it in bread, toss it over pasta, and grill it all year long. Everywhere we have lived, we make sure we find a great deli to get our sausage. It is one of our dinner go-tos. Add pasta and cook it all in one pot? It’s music to our ears and makes our stomachs happy! This recipe got our family through many hectic weeknights with busy children. Easy, crowd pleasing and minimal cleanup! Enjoy!


one pot rigatoni with sausage in creamy tomato sauce

  • Author: Salt and Share
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 1/2 lb hot Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage, casings removed (see note below on sausage)
  • 1 lb rigatoni
  • I large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 cans (15 oz) petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups heavy cream (can substitute half and half, whole milk, or 2%)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  •  1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese


  1. Brown sausage in olive oil in large skillet.
  2. While sausage is browning, cook pasta and set aside.
  3. When sausage is done, drain and remove from pan.
  4. Cook garlic and onion in pan until onion is translucent.
  5. Add tomatoes, cream (or milk), red pepper flakes and salt and cook until thickened.
  6. Add pasta and heat through.
  7. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese.


You can alter the mix of mild and hot sausage to your personal preference. You can also substitute chicken Italian sausage. I buy my Italian sausage from either the deli at Whole Foods or the deli at my local grocery store. I love the chicken Italian sausage at Greenwise (Publix.)

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