Deliciously Spicy Sausage Rigatoni Recipe with Zucchini and Peas


If you’re on the hunt for a pasta dish that tantalizes your taste buds with a blend of comforting and bold flavors, our Spicy Sausage Rigatoni Recipe with Zucchini and Peas is the perfect culinary adventure. This recipe marries the robust nature of rigatoni pasta with the fiery kick of spicy sausage, the garden-fresh allure of zucchini, and the sweet pop of peas, promising a gastronomic delight that suits any dining occasion.

The Fiery Kick of Spicy Sausage

At the heart of this dish lies the star ingredient: spicy Italian sausage. Its rich, savory flavors add depth to the dish, while the subtle heat tingles your palate just enough to keep you coming back for more. The secret to achieving the perfect balance of spiciness lies in selecting the right sausage – opt for quality sausage with the level of heat that suits your preference.

Freshness Takes the Stage with Zucchini and Peas

Zucchini and peas play essential supporting roles in this culinary masterpiece. Diced zucchini brings a delightful crunch and an earthy note to the dish, while the peas introduce a burst of sweetness that beautifully complements the spicy sausage. It’s a symphony of flavors that harmonize to create a memorable dining experience.

A Creamy and Comforting Sauce

To tie everything together, we’ve crafted a luscious sauce that combines the richness of heavy cream with the savory essence of chicken broth. This creamy concoction bathes the rigatoni and its flavorful companions, resulting in a luxurious and comforting pasta dish that’s perfect for warming both heart and soul.

A Dish for All Occasions

Whether you’re preparing a weeknight family dinner or hosting a special gathering with friends, our Spicy Sausage Rigatoni with Zucchini and Peas fits the bill. Its hearty, satisfying nature makes it a crowd-pleaser, while its bold flavors make it a memorable culinary experience.

In our recipe, we’ve discovered the perfect balance of comfort, freshness, and spice. It’s a dish that invites you to savor each bite and leaves you eagerly planning your next rendezvous with this deliciously spicy sensation. While we’ve shared the essence of this mouthwatering recipe with you, the adventure of crafting it remains yours to explore in your own kitchen. Bon appétit!

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Spicy Sausage Rigatoni Recipe with Zucchini and Peas

Savour the bold flavours of our Spicy Sausage Rigatoni with Zucchini and Peas. A perfect harmony of heat and freshness in every bite!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 3 people


  • 1 Large pot
  • 1 large saucepan


  • 1 box rigatoni
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 zucchini sliced
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 3 hot italian sausages
  • 1/2 small can tomato paste (or 3tbsp)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (can sub for chicken broth or remove step entirely)
  • 9 ml Half & Half Cream (10% cream) (small carton)
  • 3/4 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 cup grated parmigianno reggiano
  • 1 drizzle sweet balsamic vinegar (aged)
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup pasta water


  • Add olive oil, sliced zucchini, and chopped shallot to a large pan set to medium heat. Sauté until soft.  
  • Start cooking rigatoni according to box instructions.
  • Add 2 chopped garlic cloves & 3 Hot Italian sausages (cut the casing & squeeze the sausage out). Cook until there is no more pink (5-8 minutes).
  • Add tomato paste directly to the pan with zucchini, shallots, and sausage. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add ~1/2 cup of white wine. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until wine is absourbed.
  • Add Half & Half (10% cream), frozen (washed) green peas, salt, & pepper.
  • Once steam is coming off the sauce, add in grated parmigiano reggiano, aged balsamic vinegar, unsalted butter, & a bunch of fresh basil.
  • Add your al dente rigatoni (directly from the pot of water) to the sausage sauce pan. Add in additional pasta water, half a cup at a time, to achieve your desired consistency.
  • Serve with a generous amount of grated parmigiano reggiano & a drizzle of chili oil on top (if you want some extra spice!🌶)
Keyword italian, italian food, pasta with vegetables, rose pasta, sausage pasta
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Spicy Sausage Rigatoni Recipe with Zucchini and Peas

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