Rigatoni With Summer Bolognese

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Recipe: #36114

December 19, 2020

"This is out of the July/August 2019 Food Network magazine...great served with a side salad and garlic bread..."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (375.1 g)
  • Calories 655.1
  • Total Fat - 26.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 10.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 118.2 mg
  • Sodium - 161.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 66.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 10.3 g
  • Sugars - 5.1 g
  • Protein - 37.6 g
  • Calcium - 82.3 mg
  • Iron - 4.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 20.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs for al dente, about 12 minutes.

Step 2

Reserve 3/4 cup cooking water, then drain.

Step 3

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook stirring occasionally, until softened, 6 to 8 minutes.

Step 4

Add the ground beef, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper and cook, breaking up the meat, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes.

Step 5

Add the tomato paste and cook until evenly combined 1 minute.

Step 6

Add the wine and simmer until almost completely dry, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking water, the tomatoes and half the basil. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the tomatoes start to burst and the mixture is saucy, 4 to 7 minutes.

Step 7

Add the cheese to the sauce, then add the rigatoni; season with salt and pepper and toss, adding more cooking water as needed to loosen.

Step 8

Divide among bowls and top with the remaining basil and more Parmesan.


No special items needed.

3 Reviews


Deeeeeelish! The homemade pasta sauce had great flavor and it all paired beautifully with the rigatoni. I added more rigatoni than called for (we LOVE our pasta) so also ended up adding more tomato paste and pasta water to create some more tomato sauce. It worked...phew! It made for a delicious comfort food meal. Thank you!


review by:
(10 Mar 2024)


This is such an easy recipe to make. I loved the boost of flavor (and splash of color) the dish got from cooking the carrots with the onion and garlic. My only issue with the recipe was trying to use the right amount of pasta, as the only packages I could find were 16-oz. So to get 10oz (as the recipe specifies), I measured out 3 cups of dry pasta, and it was still a little too much pasta and not enough Bolognese. Next time, I'll add boost the sauce by adding another 1/4 lb of ground beef, so it's a little more balanced in that regard. I also thought it would have benefitted from a little more boost of additional herbs, though that's an easy fix. I served it with some warm garlic bread and our favorite white wine, and it turned out to be a very nice dinner. Thanks, Teresa!


review by:
(23 Apr 2023)


Ten stars! This was an amazing Bolognese. We both loved the cherry tomatoes and the fresh pop of basil. The sauce was deeply flavorful, and so easy to put together! I followed the recipe exactly, but did have to cook the sauce much longer for the tomatoes to break down and get saucy. Only had to add a tiny bit of liquid after tossing with the pasta. This one is going into my Best of 2023 file! Thanks for sharing! Made for play in "For Your Consideration" tag game at Food, Friends & Fun.


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(22 Apr 2023)

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