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Easy Rigatoni Pasta with Meat Sauce

Rigatoni Pasta with Meat Sauce

Rigatoni pasta with meat sauce is a classic Italian dish that is both delicious and easy to make. This recipe is a simplified version of the traditional Bolognese sauce, but it is still packed with flavor. The pasta is cooked until al dente and then tossed with the meat sauce and grated Parmesan cheese. This dish is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal, but it is also elegant enough to serve to guests.

You can make the most delicious and original pasta dish in just one hour! Pasta noodles are one of the easiest ingredients to cook, and they only take 8-12 minutes to cook al dente. Al dente means that the pasta is cooked through but still has a slight bite to it.

The ingredients for the Easy Rigatoni Pasta with Meat Sauce.

  • Olive Oil
  • Juicy tomatoes
  • Ground Beef
  • Herbs and spices blend or Epis
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon Noubess Original Hot and Spicy Sauce
  • Onion
  • Garlic cloves
  • Dry red wine
  • Bay leaf
  • Salt to taste
  • Parmesan grated
  • Unsalted butter

To make the perfect pasta with meat sauce, you will need:

  • The perfect pasta noodle
  • The best tomato sauce
  • The right herbs and spices
  • One pound of lean ground beef (if cooking for four people)

The perfect pasta noodle for meat sauce is short and tube-shaped, like rigatoni. Rigatoni pasta is versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes, but its shape and ridges are especially well-suited for catching creamy sauces.

Rigatoni Pasta with Meat Sauce
Rigatoni Pasta with Meat Sauce

When cooking ground meat with pasta, I prefer to brown it halfway before adding any spices, sauce, or cheese. This helps to develop the flavor of the meat and prevent it from becoming dry.

Here are some additional tips for cooking ground meat with pasta:

  • Use a large skillet or pot to cook the ground meat so that it has plenty of room to brown.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan when cooking the ground meat. If the pan is too crowded, the meat will steam instead of brown.
  • Brown the ground meat over medium heat until it is cooked through and no longer pink in the center.
  • Drain off any excess grease from the ground meat before adding the spices, sauce, and cheese.
  • Add the pasta sauce to the skillet or pot with the ground meat and simmer for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Once the pasta sauce is simmered through, add the cooked pasta and stir to combine.
  • Serve immediately with grated Parmesan cheese and your favorite toppings.
Rigatoni Pasta with Meat Sauce
Rigatoni Pasta with Meat Sauce

Cooking Ground Meat requires some skills

To cook ground meat with perfect spices:

  1. Cook the ground meat in a large skillet over medium heat with very little oil. Break up any lumps with a spoon and continue mixing until the meat is browned.
  2. Add either wet or dry spices to the ground meat once it starts to change color. The meat will continue to cook with the spices.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients at the right time, depending on the recipe.
  4. If cooking with wet spices, I recommend mixing them with NouBess Hot and Spicy Sauce for extra flavor. If cooking with dry spices, add the hot sauce first and mix it well with the meat before adding the other spices. This will help to distribute the spices evenly.

Note: This recipe does not use canned tomatoes. I prefer to use fresh tomatoes in my recipes.

Rigatoni Pasta with Meat Sauce
Rigatoni Pasta with Meat Sauce

Perfectly spiced and cooked ground meat with tomato sauce coats each Rigatoni pasta in this comforting dish that can be enjoyed with loved ones any time of year.

Rigatoni Pasta with Meat Sauce

Easy Rigatoni Pasta with Meat Sauce

Perfectly spiced and cooked ground meat with tomato sauce coats each Rigatoni pasta noodle is the best comfort food to enjoy with loved ones any time of the year.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course, Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 357 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes juicy tomatoes
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 tablespoon basic mixed herbs and spices blend
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon Noubess Original Hot and Spicy Sauce
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped finely
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup parmesan grated
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter


  • Heat a large saucepan with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add fresh chopped tomatoes and bring to a boil, then lower heat to a brisk simmer. With a wooden spoon preferably, crush the the chunks to help release the juices rapidly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Continue to cook to produce a medium-thick sauce, about 7 to 15 minutes. Set aside
  • Heat a large saucepan with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Brown the ground beef. Add herbs and spices blend, hot sauce, and garlic to saucepan and cook for 3 minutes while stirring.
  • Deglaze the pan with red wine. Add in the tomato sauce, breaking any lumps as you stir them and bring to a simmer. Add the bay leaf and taste for seasoning. You may want to add a little salt here. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, skimming off any excess fat that comes to the top.
  • In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the rigatoni until just done, about 14 minutes. Drain and gently toss with the sauce to coat the pasta. Remove from the heat and stir in the parmesan, and a drizzle of olive oil and serve immediately.
  • Serve the pasta garnished with the additional cheese.


Serving: 1gramsCalories: 357kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 17gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 189mgPotassium: 394mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 643IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 164mgIron: 3mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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