Rigatoni With Marinara Sauce and Roasted Bell Peppers/Onions

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This Rigatoni Macaroni recipe is delicious. It is a classic Italian style dish served at many Italian Chain Restaurants. You can pair it with meat balls, Parmesan chicken, or Italian sausage, for a perfect Restaurant, Italian style meal. Feel free to get creative with this recipe and add or subtract any veggies of your preferences, I have made this recipe before with all kinds of different veggies. What I love most about this recipe is the minimal ingredients you need to prepare it and how quick it is to make, about 20 minutes total. Enough said, this recipe is a winner so next time you are in a pasta or Italian food kinda mood, make this delicious Rigatoni Pasta and I know you’ll love it! 🙂

Rigatoni With Marinara Sauce and Roasted Bell Peppers/Onions {Serves 4-6} 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box Rigatoni (16 oz.)
  • 1 Jar marinara Sauce, Any brand (24 oz. I used Victoria Marinara Sauce, from Costco and it was delicious. I used half of this Jar in the picture.)
  • 1 Onion (I used a Sweet Vidalia Onion)
  • 1 Bell Pepper (I used an Orange Bell Pepper)
  • Olive Oil (2 Tablespoons)
  • 1-2 Garlic Cloves
  • Mrs.Dash Seasoning (A sprinkle of it)
  • Salt to taste

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Directions:

1) Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Wash/cut the bell pepper into thin little strips. Chop the Onion into thin half rings.  On another burner, in a large pan, Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil on Medium High heat (I did 7.0).

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2) When the pot with water comes to a boil, add some salt and throw in the Rigatoni Macaroni and cook according to the package instructions.

3) Add the chopped onion into the pan with the olive oil as soon as it heats up. Cook until the onion gets soft then add in the chopped bell pepper. Mix thoroughly and continue cooking until both the onion and bell pepper are soft and tender.

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4) Add the Marinara Sauce to the pan with the onion and bell pepper, Mix thoroughly. Then add a sprinkle of Mrs.Dash seasoning. Mix again. Close the lid and let the sauce come to a boil.

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5) When the sauce comes to a boil, lower the heat to Medium-Low (I did a 4.0). Add the crushed garlic cloves to the pan, close the lid and let it simmer until the Rigatoni Pasta is done cooking.

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6) When the Rigatoni is done cooking, drain out all the water from the pot. Add 2 Tablespoons of butter to the Rigatoni and mix well. Then add the Rigatoni Pasta into the pan with the sauce. Mix very well and turn the heat off. The Rigatoni Pasta is now all done. Scoop into plates and enjoy! I like to eat this with meat balls. 🙂

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