Rigatoni alla pastora

Sausage flavored rigatoni   Authentic Italian recipe

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Sausage flavored rigatoni

Ingredients / Serves 4

  • 280 g (10 oz) Italian rigatoni (short pasta)
  • 150 g (5 1/2oz) fresh sausage
  • 200 g (7 oz) ricotta cheese
  • 40 g (1 1/3oz) grated ewe's cheese (pecorino)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Time:
    preparation: 15 minutes
    cooking: 40 minutes
    total time: 55 minutes
  • Difficulty:
    easy recipe
  • How many calories in a serving?
    Calories: 473 (kcal) 24 % GDA (*)- 1980 (kJ)
    Protein: 20.4 (g) 41 % GDA
    Total fat: 19.6 (g) 29 % GDA
    Total carbohydrate: 57.4 (g) 22 % GDA
    Sugars: 4.9 (g) 6 % GDA

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In this dish rigatoni are dressed with ricotta melted in sausage fat..
Peel the sausage, crumble its meats and put in a pan with 6-8 tablespoons water. Bring to the boil and cook, half-covered, for about 15 minutes or until crumbled sausage has lost all its fat.
Meanwhile cook rigatoni in a large kettle of boiling salted water according to package directions. Filter the cooking juice of sausage and use for melting ricotta cheese, after sieving it, in a large bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If sausage fat isn't enough for melting ricotta cheese, you can add some tablespoons pasta cooking water. You can use the crumbled sausage for other recipes (for example a sausage omelette).
Drain rigatoni and pour them into the bowl, stir and serve immediately with grated ewe's cheese..


  • We didn't modify this recipe, it's impossible to do it. It isn't a low fat dish but it's very taste.

What's the right wine for " Sausage flavored rigatoni "?

Our suggestion is: Lametia Rosso (wine from Calabria).