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

To make this twist on traditional baked pasta, we start with creamy goat cheese and build from there with mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan cheese. —Teresa Ralston, New Albany, Ohio

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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Nikki's Perfect Pastitsio

My mother used to work so hard in the kitchen to make this classic Greek dish, and the results were always well worth her effort. My recipe for pastitsio is easier, a bit lighter and every bit as great as Mom’s.—Nikki Tsangaris, Westfield, Indiana
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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

A traditional Bolognese sauce is meat-based with everything from pork to pancetta. Skipping the meat, I loaded this pasta dish with baby portobellos and veggies. —Amber Massey, Argyle, Texas

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

Roasting makes veggies an irresistible part of this light but filling dinner. —Carly Curtin, Ellicott City, Maryland

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

My family loves the scampi-inspired combination of garlic and olive oil in this delicious pasta. I love that it’s guilt-free! —Judy Crawford, Deming, New Mexico

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

Rich and buttery cream sauce coats pasta and sweet potatoes in this impressive entree. Walnuts and wine give the dish special flavor, while sage offers just the right seasoning. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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

I had to get my firefighter husband to eat more fruits and veggies to lower his cholesterol and triglycerides. Fresh chard and tomatoes add a lot of fiber and vitamins to our diets, but we love this recipe for the flavor. While he would never admit to eating "health food" around the firehouse, this dish is one of many that made his trips to the doctor much more pleasant! —Carolyn Kumpe, El Dorado, California

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

This casserole combines all of our favorite Italian flavors, but the fresh mozzarella really sets it apart! —Blair Lonergan, Rochelle, Virginia

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 is a freelance writer and illustrator who specializes in all things food and travel. As a restaurant expert, she always knows the best place to grab a bite wherever she is in the world. Growing up in Dubai as a third-culture kid and then moving to the United States has given her the ability to effortlessly and empathetically write about many cultures and cuisines. She brings that firsthand experience to her food writing at Taste of Home, specializing in sharing recipes, techniques and great dishes from around the world. Her writing has also been published in Allrecipes, EatingWell, Lonely Planet and many more.