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15 Popular Rigatoni Recipes You Have to Try

From five-ingredient casseroles to creamy tomato-based sauces, these rigatoni recipes are full of flavor. Try a new favorite tonight!

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Four-Cheese Sausage Rigatoni

With creamy goat cheese, mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan, this meaty baked pasta is one of the best rigatoni recipes for cheese lovers. Want leftovers? Double the recipe, but leave off the mozzarella and the remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese for the casserole you plan to freeze.

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Five-Cheese Rigatoni

A homemade bechamel sauce and five types of cheese make this one of our top rigatoni recipes. To complete this filling weeknight dinner, check out the best ways to cook chicken breast.
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Greek Pasta Bake

The addition of ground lamb really makes this Greek-inspired rigatoni dish. This recipe can also be made in advance—freeze the unbaked casserole and heat it up in the oven when you’re ready to eat.
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Pear & Turkey Sausage Rigatoni

This is an unexpected combo! But sweet pear slices, salty Italian sausage and creamy blue cheese pair incredibly well in one of our best rigatoni recipes. Don’t skip on topping it with the sliced almonds—these protein powerhouses are also high in calcium, vitamin E and phosphorus.
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Mushroom Bolognese with Whole Wheat Pasta

Perfect for Meatless Monday, this easy rigatoni recipe comes together in 45 minutes. It’s full of fresh veggies, too. Find more vegetarian dinners for a full year of Meatless Mondays.

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Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Primavera

Featuring end-of-summer harvest vegetables roasted to perfection, this light and flavorful rigatoni recipe comes together in 35 minutes. Don’t have cherry tomatoes? Substitute two large fresh tomatoes instead.

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Rigatoni with Sausage & Peas

This quick weeknight rigatoni recipe is comfort in a bowl thanks to Italian sausage, a creamy tomato sauce and tangy goat cheese. Can’t find goat cheese at the store? You can use feta instead.
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Spinach-Artichoke Rigatoni

This one-pot rigatoni recipe is ready in just 30 minutes! The addition of spinach and artichoke will increase your daily veggie intake and help benefit your brain and gut health as well.
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Slow-Cooker Pizza Casserole

Cooking for a hungry crowd? This hearty pizza casserole makes 14 servings, each offering 22 grams of protein. Keep your pasta al dente by cooking it only halfway through before adding it to the Crock-Pot.
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Garlic Chicken Rigatoni

Ready in just 30 minutes, this quick rigatoni recipe takes inspiration from classic scampi. Don’t skip dredging the chicken in flour—not only does it thicken the final sauce, but it also results in a deliciously crispy crust!

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Rigatoni with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

This vegetarian-friendly rigatoni recipe features savory roasted sweet potatoes and onions and a creamy white-wine-based sauce. Ready in just 45 minutes, this dish is ideal for when you’re short on time!

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Rigatoni Chard Toss

The addition of fresh chard and tomatoes means this is one of the best rigatoni recipes to make if you’re looking to up your fiber and vitamin intake. Love chard? Here are more Swiss chard recipes to test at home.

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Creamy Spinach & Rigatoni Bake

Artichokes, spinach and fresh pancetta make this Italian twist on classic mac and cheese worth trying. Ready in under 45 minutes, this rigatoni recipe is both comforting and filling.
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Italian Sausage Rigatoni Bake

Enough to make two whole 8-inch casseroles, this rigatoni recipe is perfect if you’re meal prepping and want to freeze leftovers! FYI, this is how to freeze a casserole the right way.

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Creamy Sausage-Mushroom Rigatoni

Inspired by a trip to Rome, this creamy rigatoni recipe features fresh mushrooms and Italian sausage in a decadent garlic-infused white sauce. Best of all? It comes together in just 30 minutes.

Christabel Lobo
Christabel Lobo is a freelance writer, digital designer and illustrator. She specializes in writing and content marketing related to travel, food, lifestyle, art and wellness. Her writing has appeared in TripSavvy, October Magazine, Zagat Stories, Lonely Planet, AllRecipes,, Outrigger Hotels, The Hindu Business Line, Open Skies, Trivago, Fodor's, Barclays Travel, London's Evening Standard, Silkwinds,, HuffPost, and more. She was responsible for researching and updating the Kerala chapter of Fodor's Essential India 2019 guidebook. In addition to having completed her RYT 200 Hatha yoga teacher training, Christabel is also a mixed media designer focusing on web design, illustrations and surface pattern design.