Dairy Farmers of Canada

Rigatoni with Chorizo Tomato Sauce

This may become your go-to pasta. If chorizo is too spicy, by all means substitute mild Italian and eliminate the chili flakes altogether.

  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cooking: 25 min
Yields 4 servings
rigatoni with chorizo tomato sauce


  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) hot pepper flakes
  • 1 lb (450 g) fresh chorizo or mild Italian sausage cut into bite size-chunks
  • 1 can (28 oz/ 796 mL) plum tomatoes drained
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) tomato paste
  • 1 cup (250 mL) 15 % or 18 % cream
  • 12 oz (360 g) rigatoni or gemelli pasta
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In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic for 2 min. Stir in oregano, basil, salt and hot pepper flakes and cook for 1 min. Add sausage; cook, stirring, for about 5 min or until cooked through. Add tomatoes; mash with potato masher until very broken up. Stir in tomato paste and cream. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally for 15 min.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Add pasta; cook according to package directions. Drain well; return to pot. Pour in the sauce, stirring until pasta is well coated.


Salting the pasta water is really important as it brings out the flavour of the pasta.

Lean ground beef would be a great substitute for sausage.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 994 Calories
Protein: 34 g
Carbohydrate: 84 g
Fat: 58 g
Fibre: 5.4 g
Sodium: 1430 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 14 % / 156 mg
Folate: 114 %
Selenium: 184 %
Thiamin: 126 %
Vitamin B12: 64 %