Creamy Tomato Rigatoni with Pork Breakfast Sausage

Last Updated on March 19, 2024

Discover a new favorite with this savory pasta dish, marrying perfectly seasoned pork sausage with a creamy tomato sauce and fresh spinach, all brought together with al dente rigatoni and finished with a generous helping of Parmesan.

Creamy Tomato Rigatoni with Pork Breakfast Sausage

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Protein: Pork
Cut: Breakfast Sausage
Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 lb Pork Breakfast Sausage
  • lb rigatoni pasta or pasta of your choice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 cups canned tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese for topping


  • Combine the ground pork in a bowl with salt, black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Mix well to ensure the spices are evenly distributed.
  • Cook the rigatoni according to the package instructions until al dente. Reserve a cup of pasta water, then drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the seasoned ground pork, breaking it up with a spoon. Cook until the sausage is browned and no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the diced onion and minced garlic to the skillet with the sausage. Cook until the onions are translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in the fresh spinach and cook until just wilted, usually takes about 2 minutes.
  • Pour in the tomato sauce, and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low and stir in the heavy cream until the sauce takes on a creamy texture. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes. If the sauce is too thick, thin it with some of the reserved pasta water.
  • Add the cooked rigatoni to the skillet, tossing to coat the pasta evenly with the sauce.
  • To serve, divide the pasta among plates and top each serving with a generous sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.


For an even creamier sauce, you can blend a part of the tomato sauce with the cream before adding it to the skillet. Also, try finishing the dish with a drizzle of good quality olive oil for an extra layer of flavor.
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