Easy tomato cream rigatoni

Easy tomato cream rigatoni

Need easy dinner inspiration for tonight? This easy but totally delicious tomato cream rigatoni recipe is weeknight dinner perfection.
Course Dinner, Easy Recipe, Pasta, Vegetarian
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Easy pasta recipe, Rigatoni, Tomato cream rigatoni
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 436kcal
Author Alida Ryder


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 x 400g 14oz can chopped tomatoes
  • ½ cup water
  • pinch of sugar optional
  • ½ cup whipping/heavy cream
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 500 g 1lb rigatoni, cooked (reserve 1 cup of cooking water)
  • Parmesan and basil to serve


  • Melt together the olive oil and butter and saute the onions until soft and translucent.
  • Add the garlic and saute for another 30 seconds before adding the chopped tomatoes.
  • Pour ½ cup water into the tomato can and pour into the pot.
  • Season with sugar, salt and pepper then allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the cream and allow to simmer for another 5 minutes before blending until smooth (optional).
  • Add the cooked rigatoni to the pasta and stir to coat. Add some of the reserved cooking water to thin out the sauce and make it even silkier.
  • Serve topped with grated Parmesan and fresh basil leaves.


Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 685IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2mg