Sausage rigatoni pasta bake recipe

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This delicious, meaty and tomato baked sausage rigatoni pasta bake is perfect for feeding the whole family and the kids will love it too

A sausage rigatoni pasta bake served in a dish.
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Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories745 Kcal37%
Sugar16.6 g18%
Fat34.3 g49%
Saturated Fat12.1 g61%
Salt2.44 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein30.4 g61%
Carbohydrates75.4 g29%
Salt2.44 gRow 7 - Cell 2

This sausage rigatoni pasta bake is quick and easy to prep - just pop it in the oven and it's ready in 40 minutes.

You don't need loads of complicated ingredients - just a pack of sausages, a couple of cans of chopped tomatoes, some rigatoni pasta and a few other store cupboard staples. In fact, this is one of our favourite cheap family meals - great if you're trying to stick to a bit of a budget. Rigatoni is a  tube-shaped pasta, much bigger than penne. The large tubes allow the delicious tomato sauce to bake into the pasta for more flavour in every bite. We recommend serving this pasta bake with a crisp green salad and garlic bread


  • 2 – 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 8 pork or beef sausages
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 small hot red chilli, deseeded and chopped ( optional)
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 50ml red wine
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp tomato purée
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 250g Rigatoni pasta
  • 50g Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 50g mature Cheddar cheese, grated




  1. Preheat oven to 200⁰C/400⁰F/Fan 180⁰C/Gas Mark 6. Heat the oil in a large frying or sauté pan. Add the sausages and fry over a moderate heat for 4 – 5 minutes until lightly browned. Lift out and drain and set aside to cool for a few minutes.
  2. Add the onion, pepper, garlic and chilli and fry for 5 minutes until softened but not browned.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and their juice, red wine, sugar, oregano and tomato purée and stir together well. Season with salt and black pepper. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 – 15 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  4. Cut the sausages into thick slices and place in an ovenproof dish measuring 38cm x 23cm.
  5. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large saucepan with plenty of salted boiling water for 10 – 15 minutes until tender but still “Al Dente”.
  6. Drain the pasta and then add it to the tomato sauce. Stir the sauce into the pasta until well combined then add it all to the sausages in the dish , mixing everything together evenly.
  7. Mix the cheeses together and sprinkle over the pasta. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until the cheese is golden brown. Serve with a green salad and crusty bread.

Top tip for making sausage rigatoni pasta bake

Try adding capers, black olives, sun dried tomatoes, or a few chopped anchovies to this dish. This dish is delicious served hot or cold – it’s great to take for a packed lunch.

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies