Rigatoni to the Table in Under 20 Minutes

January 21, 2009


Who doesn’t like pasta? My family loves it, but I don’t make it very often, especially when I’m trying to be good and eat moderate amounts of carbs at night. But, when the weather is as cold as it is (for so many of us), there’s really nothing better. This recipe is so wonderful for so many reasons. It’s quick, it’s a one-dish meal, it has great flavor and it’s really not too bad if you’re watching your weight. Not to mention, it’s 8 ingredients and can be prepared in under 20 minutes. What else can I say?


Quick and Easy Skillet Rigatoni

Prep: 4 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


8 ounces uncooked rigatoni

1 small onion, finely chopped

1/2 pound lean ground round

1 (8-ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms

1/2 cup dry white wine or low-sodium chicken or beef broth

2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce  with garlic, basil and oregano (I used Hunts)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Grated Parmesan cheese


1. Cook rigatoni according to package directions.

2. While pasta cooks, cook onion, ground round and mushrooms in a large lightly greased skillet over medium-high heat. Cook 6 minutes or until beef is no longer pink. Add wine; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until liquid is evaporated. Stir in pasta, tomato sauce, basil and red pepper flakes, if desired; cover and simmer 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle each serving with Parmesan cheese.


9 Responses to “Rigatoni to the Table in Under 20 Minutes”

  1. Alli Says:

    Hey Alison – this looks great! Do you know the calories and fat g per serving?

  2. Alli Says:

    Thanks so much!!

  3. Alli Says:

    Great! Thanks so much. I look forward to making it. I am glad I found your site!

  4. alisonlewis Says:

    Thanks! I forgot to mention..That was with the wine so if you use broth instead, it will be even lighter. But it was VERY good with the wine, so worth it.

    Thanks for your kind words. Please pass it around to anyone who you think might benefit and like it. Also, I am on Fox 6 TV next Saturday morning, the 31st doing low-fat Super Bowl food ideas.

  5. Kathy Says:

    This looks easy and delicious. I can’t wait to try it. It looks like my favorite dish at Macaroni Grill, so I’m so glad to get a recipe for it.

  6. alisonlewis Says:

    Thanks Kathy, it is so easy and the kids loved it!! Thanks for the comment, Alison

  7. Alli Says:

    I just wanted to check back in about this recipe. We made it last night – it was great!!! It is so simple, but the flavor was so complex. I wanted to share that I substituted turkey Italian sausage for the ground beef and that worked well. Gram wolfed it down as well so it passes the 8 year old test. Thanks again,

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