I love when I find new recipes that our whole family loves. Ok, well, our “whole” family isn’t really around, but Lucy is sometimes a hard sell. So let me share this new pink sauce sausage rigatoni recipe that we all fell in love with. When I say we “all,” I am talking about the three musketeers (Dave, Lu and I) and also the three missionaries who came for dinner that night. I found this recipe on a whim when I was scrambling to figure out something great to feed them.

I wanted to make my new French bread recipe I’ve been practicing, so this seemed like a perfect compliment.

I mean, when you want to carb load, this meal paired with French bread is your ticket. Ha!

But really, it’s always so good to have a hearty pasta recipe in your back pocket. I remember making “red and white pasta” for the volleyball team that was gobbled up on game days. Sometimes it’s just so good to have a good old standby that will knock people’s socks off, don’t you think?

And it doesn’t hurt that this recipe is easy-peasy. Made in ONE DISH for easy clean-up.

Pink Sauce Sausage Rigatoni Recipe

Since the first time I made it I have found a few similar recipes and have tweaked it a bit for what we love around here.

So here you go!

Pink Sauce Sausage Rigatoni

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8


  • 15 oz. Italian sausage
  • 1 lb. rigatoni (uncooked)
  • 2 c. chicken broth
  • 2 c. heavy cream
  • 8 cloves garlic (minced…I use the Dorot cubes from Trader Joes that make it so easy!)
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 30 oz. tomato sauce
  • 10 oz. fresh spinach


  • Cook the sausage according to directions, and drain.
    cooked sausage
  • Add uncooked pasta, chicken broth, heavy cream, minced garlic, Italian seasoning and tomato sauce
    pasta and other ingredients added
  • Bring to a boil on medium heat. Cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until pasta is "al dente." Stir every now and again to keep it cooking evenly
    pasta cooked with sauce and sausage
  • Add fresh spinach and cook until it wilts and cooks in with the pasta.
  • Season with salt and pepper if desired, but the sausage adds so much flavor I didn't add any extra seasonings.


Serve with fresh french bread for a delicious side dish.
Keyword easy, fast

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this and my husband said it was “restaurant quality!” I’ve been eating leftovers all week. Thank you!

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