Italian Sausage Rigatoni

by Alli

Italian Sausage Rigatoni was compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 

When I was growing up, my mom and dad would plant a huge garden every spring. During harvest time, I would walk out to the garden, pick a fresh tomato, rub it on my shorts, and take a big bite. Yum!

My siblings and I knew that once all the produce was picked and put up (canned or frozen), we would go on our annual, summer beach vacation. My Italian Sausage Rigatoni reminds me of the fresh-picked taste of those long-ago summers.

Italian Sausage Rigatoni

Back then, I thought the garden was way too much work and I’m sure I complained about it often. Sorry, mom! Now that I’m all grown up, I don’t have a garden, but I do know where to find fresh ingredients for my Italian Sausage Rigatoni. I head to Walmart.

After stopping by the produce department at Walmart to grab some parsley, onions, and garlic for pasta night, I head to the pasta aisle for Rigatoni and Prego® Farmers’ Market Classic Marinara.


Prego® Farmers’ Market takes my Italian Sausage Rigatoni to a whole new level. The flavor comes from simple, farm-fresh ingredients and it reminds me of mama’s garden. The vine-ripened tomatoes are picked at the peak of freshness, just like we picked tomatoes when I was a little girl.

My Italian Sausage Rigatoni is so easy to make! It’s delicious and makes a great family meal for busy weeknights.

For parties, I serve the pasta in individual iron skillets. Right before serving, I’ll run the skillets under the broiler to melt the cheese and give the rigatoni a crispy topping.

Italian Sausage Rigatoni Ingredients (Full Recipe Down Below!)

  • Prego® Farmers’ Market Classic Marinara
  • rigatoni
  • Italian sausage, casings removed
  • chopped onion
  • minced garlic
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Parsley, to garnish

How To Make Italian Sausage Rigatoni

Italian Sausage Rigatoni

In a large pot of boiling water, cook the rigatoni according to the directions on the package.

Meanwhile, remove the casings from the Italian sausages. It’s easy. Just split the casing with a knife and pull it off.

Italian Sausage Rigatoni

Chop the onions and garlic and set aside. In a skillet, cook the Italian sausages and onions until the sausages are no longer pink. You can break up the sausages with a spoon while you’re browning them.

Brown Sausage and Onions for Italian Sausage Rigatoni

Add the garlic and continue cooking for two minutes. Stir in the drained pasta and the Prego® Farmers’ Market Classic Marinara.

Italian Sausage Rigatoni - easy to make and delicious to eat.

To serve family-style, place in a large bowl. Top with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

Italian Sausage Rigatoni

Helpful Hint: If you’re serving the Italian Sausage Rigatoni for a party, place the mixture in mini iron skillets or ramekins. Top with Parmesan cheese and place the skillets on a baking pan. Set the oven to broil and broil for 1-2 minutes.

Rigatoni made with Italian Sausage

Italian Sausage Rigatoni

Italian Sausage Rigatoni


  • 1 jar Prego® Farmers' Market Classic Marinara
  • 1/2 lb. rigatoni
  • 1/2 lb. Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Parsley, to garnish


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, remove casings from Italian sausage. Place the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onions.
  3. Break the sausage into chunks with a spoon as the sausage browns.
  4. Once the sausage is almost done, stir in the minced garlic. Let cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the Prego® Farmers' Market Classic Marinara and the pasta. Gently stir until combined.
  6. Top with Parmesan cheese and parsley.

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Italian Sausage Rigatoni - Family Style

Prego® Farmers’ Market is also available in Tomato & Basil and Roasted Garlic. 

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Originally Posted July 2016, updated (outdated links removed, etc.) July 8, 2021



Shirley Wood July 6, 2016 - 10:08 am

This is exactly the kind of dish Stacy loves! He would especially enjoy the sausage.
My parents used to have a garden also and we worked in it. I have such fond memories of learning to can and freeze. If we didn’t have it in the garden, we went to the Atlanta Farmer’s Market for it.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy July 6, 2016 - 10:52 am

We love Italian sausage dishes like this. This sounds absolutely delicious. I’ll totally look for that pasta sauce on my next trip to the store. It sounds lovely!

Pam July 6, 2016 - 11:21 am

This looks so good! I love rigatoni and Italian sausage. I haven’t seen this pasta sauce but I need to try it out.

Carolyn West July 6, 2016 - 11:22 am

I love the idea of serving them individually for a party. This is the best kind of comfort food. #client

Mary July 6, 2016 - 11:56 am

Good to know about this new item. My kids will love this. Thanks again for a great recipe

Sarah July 6, 2016 - 2:41 pm

This looks super delicious, what a yummy meal idea. I must make this sometime soon!

zan July 6, 2016 - 4:35 pm

So this looks so good! I love those iron skillets and have been eyeing some from Cracker Barrel!! I hear you about the garden thing when you were growing up. I loved eating fresh from our garden but did not like the “garden” part of it so much. My daughter loves fresh tomatoes and I often purchase some for her. I think all foods with tomatoes are so delicious – Prego is one of our fav tomato sauces.

Vera Sweeney July 6, 2016 - 4:51 pm

Oh my gosh this look so good!! I need to get a cast iron skillet, my girlfriend made a dinner in hers and it was amazing!

Mellissa July 6, 2016 - 5:39 pm

Oh boy!! Pasta, sausage and sauce? I’m all over it! Thanks for sharing.

Mimi Green July 6, 2016 - 9:50 pm

It is a good thing I’m eating and reading otherwise I would be drooling. I’m a sucker for pasta and cheese, it just speaks to my soul .

This looks delicious.

Liz Mays July 6, 2016 - 10:14 pm

I could really go for some of this pasta. It looks so cute in those mini skillets, how fun!

Kendall July 7, 2016 - 12:39 am

This sounds SO yummy and is making me so hungry haha! I love these – what a great idea if you have multiple servings to make!

Bella B July 7, 2016 - 12:39 am

I LOVE how cute these mini skillets are! This is such a great idea and I bet it’d make for a great appetizer also! Love this!

Rebecca Swenor July 7, 2016 - 4:20 am

This Italian Sausage Rigatoni looks and sounds so good. My grandmother would make the whole family rigatoni all the time. This dish brings back memories of them awesome times as a child so I will have to make this dish. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Amanda Love July 7, 2016 - 6:27 am

I always make sure I come up with ways to cook pasta because the kids love it. This is such a great idea and an easy one at that! Thanks for the easy recipe, it looks really good!

Kristen from The Road to Domestication July 7, 2016 - 10:26 am

Okay, I’m gonna have to try this version of Prego – I haven’t seen it in my store yet! And I have to say, I LOVE those little skillets you used here!

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen July 7, 2016 - 5:14 pm

I am craving for pasta but we only have fettuccine!! Oh I’ll do this recipe!

Maureen July 8, 2016 - 7:22 am

That looks delicious and definitely my type of comfort food. I wish we have the same prego sauce here.

rika July 8, 2016 - 1:24 pm

This rigatoni recipe looks so delicious! I love Italian food and sausage

Jennifer July 8, 2016 - 3:41 pm

My family would absolutely adore this! I love how easy it is to make, it would be perfect for a quick meal after a busy day at work!

Karly August 30, 2016 - 9:59 am

Yes. My heart is so full just looking at this gorgeous pasta. I cannot wait to make this for the fam… well, if I can bring myself to share, that is!

Alli August 31, 2016 - 2:22 pm

I hope your family loves it as much as we do.


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