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Easy Tomato Cream Rigatoni : Step By Step

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Need easy dinner inspiration for tonight? This easy but totally delicious tomato cream rigatoni recipe is weeknight dinner perfection.Rigatoni in an easy tomato cream sauce.

The last thing I want to be thinking about after a full day of cooking and shooting is dinner. Enter this INCREDIBLE tomato cream rigatoni pasta recipe. I don’t even want to tell you how often I’ve made this easy pasta recipe over the last month but once you’ve tried it, you’ll totally understand.

It’s one of those recipes I just threw together one night with a bunch of store-cupboard ingredients. But isn’t that how fantastic recipes start most of the time? It’s become my go-to for busy nights/lazy nights/nights I just need to eat a bowl full of pasta on the couch. The sauce takes as long to cook as the rigatoni pasta does so we’re talking 20 minutes tops. This is how to make rigatoni pasta right. And you won’t be disappointed, guaranteed.

Easy tomato cream rigatoni
tomato cream rigatoni


If you want to add a protein, cooked chicken, shrimp (prawns) or bacon would all be fantastic. You can also add wilted spinach or kale or sauteed mushrooms to add more vegetables.


Rigatoni takes a little longer to cook than shorter pasta shapes due to its size. Bring a large pot of salted water (you want the water to be well-seasoned) to a boil then add the rigatoni. Allow to cook, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes until the pasta is al dente. To know when the pasta is cooked, carefully taste a piece of the drained pasta and if its pleasant to eat without being too firm, it’s ready. Drain the pasta, reserving a cup of cooking water, and combine with the sauce.

Easy Tomato Cream Rigatoni

Easy Tomato Cream Rigatoni

NYT Cook
Need easy dinner inspiration for tonight? This easy but totally delicious tomato cream rigatoni recipe is weeknight dinner perfection.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 Peoples
Calories 436 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • pinch of sugar optional
  • 1/2 cup whipping/heavy cream
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 500 g 1lb rigatoni, cooked (reserve 1 cup of cooking water)
  • Parmesan and basil to serve


  • Melt together the olive oil and butter and saute the onions until soft and translucent.
  • Add the garlic and saute for another 30 seconds before adding the chopped tomatoes.
  • Pour ½ cup water into the tomato can and pour into the pot.
  • Season with sugar, salt and pepper then allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the cream and allow to simmer for another 5 minutes before blending until smooth (optional).
  • Add the cooked rigatoni to the pasta and stir to coat. Add some of the reserved cooking water to thin out the sauce and make it even silkier.
  • Serve topped with grated Parmesan and fresh basil leaves.
Keyword Easy pasta recipe, Rigatoni, Tomato cream rigatoni

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