I’m not sure I totally agree with this, but I’m going to try to keep the kids out of the kitchen for a while. After all, I’m not a professional chef, and although I can whip up a mean pasta dish, I’m not a trained cook. That said, this pasta dish is the kind of thing that I would have a hard time finding a fast and easy recipe that I would be happy with.

Say what you will about me, but I am a picky eater. I am not that guy who will eat anything, but if you present me with a plate of meat and vegetables, I will happily use my fork to pierce them all. When it comes to pasta, I am a sucker for a good rigatoni. It is my second favorite pasta, after linguine, and that is probably because rigatoni is more forgiving than linguine when it comes to flavor variations.

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We used to have theme dinner evenings for the late night meal service in college. It began at 9 p.m. and ended at 1 a.m., which was ideal for a college student who spent all night in the photo labs. Thursday’s spaghetti dinner was one of our favorites. Despite the fact that this recipe for Saucy Rigatoni with Bacon and Tomatoes was never on the college menu, it brings back memories of eating comfort food for supper.

For the perfect pasta meal, combine delicate rigatoni pasta with a delectable red sauce made with bacon and garnished with fresh basil. It’s a flavorful and filling pasta meal. It’s possible that pasta Thursdays may make a return.

You may also like my Cheesy Kale and Sausage Pasta, Pasta Alla Vodka, or Pasta Bolognese if you like this dish.

Rigatoni is a kind of pasta.

Rigatoni is an Italian pasta shape that resembles a tube. It’s similar to ziti and penne, but it’s a bigger pasta with deeper grooves on the edges to help the sauce stick to the pasta.

Rigatoni may be purchased dry, fresh, or manufactured at home if the proper pasta attachment is available. I used dried rigatoni in this recipe and cooked them until they were al dente.

Saucy Bacon Tomato Rigatoni detail shot.

Alternatives to Pasta

Don’t have any rigatoni pasta on hand? This dish may also be made with different types of pasta. To get a perfect al dente, follow the cooking directions on the package for each pasta variety.

  • Penne
  • Ziti
  • Spaghetti
  • Rotini
  • Bucatini
  • Shells
  • Corkscrew

Saucy Bacon Tomato Rigatoni on a white plate.

How long should rigatoni be cooked?

Rigatoni is a bigger pasta that takes a little longer to cook to al dente perfection. Bring a big pot of salted water to a boil if using dry pasta. Cook the rigatoni for 10-12 minutes in the pot. By slicing one of your rotini in half, you can see how good they are. It is not completely cooked if the middle is chalky white. The middle of the spaghetti should be the same color as the outside.

It’s time to drain your rigatoni after it’s the same color throughout when cut. A great al dente pasta will be soft enough to eat while yet having a little crunch to it.

What else can you put in this pasta?

While I adore this Bacon Tomato Rigatoni dish as is, I understand that you may want to add additional veggies or use up leftovers. Here are some things I would add to this pasta dish:

  • Chicken Shredded
  • Shrimp
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Onions with peppers

Required Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Rigatoni
  • 14 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • a quarter-cup of thick-cut bacon 
  • 1 sliced red onion
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 14 Cups Tomatoes, Canned
  • ½ Cup Parsley Chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Needed Equipment

  • Board for cutting
  • Knife of a Chef
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon Made of Wood
  • Pot de bouillon

Storage Suggestions

Refrigerate for up to 4 days if stored in an airtight container. Warm in the microwave or on the stovetop until well heated.

Freeze for up to 2 months in an airtight container. To reheat, thaw and reheat in the microwave until warm.


Bacon Tomato Rigatoni

Bacon Tomato Rigatoni


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Make a memorable pasta night with this Bacon Tomato Rigatoni dish. A wonderful red sauce with bacon has been added to this spaghetti meal!


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Time to Prepare: 10 minutes

Time to cook: 25 minutes

35 minutes total




Course Description:

American cuisine



6 servings

Calories (kcal): 470






Saute Pan


Dutch Oven Lodge


Dutch Oven by Le Creuset




StandardMetric in the United States



  • Rigatoni (1 pound)
  • 14 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 14 cup thick-cut bacon, cut into 12″ pieces
  • 1 sliced red onion
  • Tomato Paste (14 cup)
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 14 Cups Tomatoes, Canned
  • Salt
  • Pepper





  • Cook rigatoni till al dente in a big pot of salted boiling water, approximately 10-12 minutes. 1 cup pasta water should be kept aside after draining.

  • Combine the oil, onion, and bacon in a large pot. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, or until the onion has softened and the bacon has started to brown. Cook for another 2 minutes after adding the tomato paste and crushed red pepper.

  • Bring the tinned tomatoes to a simmer, breaking up any big pieces of tomato along the way. Add the rigatoni and the pasta water you set aside. Toss until the pasta is completely covered with sauce. Reduce heat to low and toss in 12 cup parmesan and 12 cup parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Warm pasta should be served with a parmesan cheese and parsley garnish. Enjoy!



Food and Wine provided the inspiration for this recipe.



Calories: 470 kilocalories 65 g carbohydrate 16 g protein 17g fat 4g Saturated Fat 1 gram of trans fat 12 milligrams of cholesterol 371mg sodium 522mg potassium 5 g of fiber 7 g sugar 963 IU Vitamin A 15 milligrams of vitamin C 150 mg calcium 3 mcg iron




Bacon is a term used to describe a kind of Rigatoni with Tomatoes



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