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Italian Sausage Rigatoni with Fresh Basil and Parmesan

An easy to make Italian sausage rigatoni pasta is perfect for that easy dinner. Loaded with sweet Italian sausage and a rich red tomato sauce!

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italian sausage rigatoni with fresh basil and parmesan
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I’m in full comfort food mode now that October is almost over, although the Southern California weather is still pushing 100 degrees. It doesn’t matter to me though because anytime is good for a huge bowl of Italian Sausage Rigatoni, whether it’s hot or cold outside!This post is sponsored by Holland House Cooking Wines.

Who loves Italian sausage rigatoni for dinner?

This pasta dish is really easy to make and as much as I know how easy it can be to just buy a jar of sauce from the store, the satisfaction you’ll get when you taste this sauce will make you think twice about buying sauce ever again. Start with a can of good tomatoes, that’s your base and the foundation for this sauce. I like to use Italian plum tomatoes and crush them in my hand before adding them to the pot, be very careful if you do this though because they have a bad habit of exploding and I’ve had to say bye bye to a few shirts because of big red tomato stains.

A simple red sauce for my Italian sausage rigatoni!

You could say this sauce has a secret ingredient. I always like to add some red wine to my pasta sauce because of the richness it adds to the flavor, but this time I switched the wine for some Holland House Marsala Cooking Wine and I was well impressed by the result. The choice of pasta is up to you. I almost went with traditional spaghetti because that’s my kids’ favorite, although any pasta is always a winner with them. But I decided to use Rigatoni just because those big thick tubes are great for holding lots of sauce. Don’t forget to be generous with the grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil because Parmesan is everything to tomato sauce. I’d also serve with a side of super melted cheesy garlic bread for the perfect and easy family style dinner!

Italian sausage rigatoni pasta for dinner!
Italian sausage rigatoni
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A delicious rigatoni dish that both of my kids absolutely adore!

Main dish
45 minutes
Total TIME:
60 minutes
15 minutes


  • 1 16oz box dried Rigatoni pasta shells.
  • 1 onion small ad diced. peeled onion small and diced.
  • 2 tbsp olive oil.
  • 3 whole Italian sausages.
  • 2 whole garlic cloves, minced.
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 2 (28oz) cans of Italian tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup Holland House Marsala Cooking Wine
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp back pepper
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • Fresh basil and Parmesan cheese

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  1. Cook the pasta and drain. Set aside. Heat the oil in a large pan.
  2. Add the diced onion and cook until soft.
  3. Slice the sausages into thin circles and add to the onion along with the garlic and chili flakes.
  4. Cook over a med-high heat until the sausage is cooked through.
  5. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and Holland House Marsala Cooking Wine and bring to a simmer.
  6. Add the salt, pepper and oregano and stir.
  7. Simmer for about 30 minutes and then add the pasta making sure to stir all the way through.
  8. Garnish with lots of fresh basil and fresh grated Parmesan cheese
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