Rigatoni with Spicy Sausage Tomato Sauce, Spinach, and Parmesan

Rigatoni pasta in an easy to make spicy sausage tomato sauce with fresh spinach and topped with freshly grated Parmesan. A great weeknight meal.

Tea and Scones is my Secret Recipe Club blog this month. Margaret obviously loves scones and I found lots of delicious scone recipes I wanted to bake, but she also had lots of delicious pastas. Since I’m always on the look out for a quick dinner my family is going to love, this easy dinner was calling my name.



Her Rigatoni with Spicy Sausage Tomato Sauce, Spinach, and Parmesan recipe was adapted from a recipe in Bon Appetit and was part of her Magazine Monday’s and Presto Pasta posts. She loves cooking clubs and in addition to SRC, she bakes with Dorie, Donna Hay, Modern Bakers and many other fun groups. Definitely stop by and check out her unique take on the challenges.

I served this pasta in one of my new Corningware etch™ Brick Bakeware Set dishes. There is still time for you to enter my giveaway and win a set of your own. Just leave a comment on my Triple Berry Pie post.

This post is also part of #macgrillgive. Romano’s Macaroni Grill in partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry, is doing something about hunger in America. Did you know that 1 in 5 children are hungry in America. From coast to coast there are millions of children who have no idea where their next meal is going to come from.

Macaroni Grill is enlisting the food blogger community to help end childhood hunger. Simply tag #macgrillgive to a recipe, message or photo of your favorite Italian meal on your blog and Macaroni Grill will donate $50 to connect a child to up to 500 meals.  And they’ll share your blog with their 1.2m fans. Learn more at 1 Million Meals.

What’s your favorite Italian meal?

Rigatoni with Spicy Sausage Tomato Sauce, Spinach, and Parmesan

Rigatoni with Spicy Sausage Tomato Sauce, Spinach, and Parmesan


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 lbs ground chicken sausage
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes with added puree
  • 16 ounces rigatoni
  • 2 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onion; saute until translucent, about 4 minutes.

Add garlic; cook 1 minute.

Add sausage; cook until browned, breaking up with back of spoon, about 5 minutes. Drain drippings from pot.

Add diced tomatoes with juice, crushed tomatoes, basil and oregano; increase heat and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes to blend flavors, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain.

Stir pasta and spinach into tomato sauce. Simmer until spinach wilts, stirring often, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer to large bowl. Sprinkle with Parmesan.


slightly adapted from Tea and Scones 


Visit the Secret Recipe Club for information on how to join in the fun. Stop by Tea and Scones for more great recipes. And be sure and check out all the great recipes the Secret Recipe Club members created this month.

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  1. says

    The minute I saw this..outside of wanting a bowlful desperately, I couldn’t help but think of the accidental posting LOL Glad it all worked out. I love pasta dishes like this – so satisfying and comforting, not to mention, delicious!

  2. says

    i am always looking for ways to add more spinach to my food since it’s so healthy. so, i am glad you shared this pasta recipe 😀

    btw, thanks for sharing that info about macgrillgive… it’s a great cause and i would love to be a part of it…

  3. says

    I love a good pasta, and I’m already in the mood for it since it’s getting so dark so soon. I don’t make a ton of pasta during the summer. Such a great cause too. LOVE IT!

  4. says

    This looks so delicious! It reminds me of one of my old standby pasta dishes, which is made with spicy Italian sausage and white beans… love the idea of swapping it out for a healthier version with chicken sausage and fresh spinach, though! It’s never too early to get ready for Bikini Season 2013. :)

  5. says

    What a delectable dinner! A perfect recipe to prep ahead and bake off at dinner time. I am always searching for make ahead recipes that are time savers on a busy day. A scrumptious post!