Winter Rigatoni

Winter Rigatoni

Published May 2, 2014 | Written by

Published by: Healthline Exclusive

Servings: 6
Total Time: 35 min

Prep Time: 15 min | Cook Time: 20 min


This colorful and flavorful dish packs in the nutrients, and the goat cheese adds a delicious creaminess.

Cooking tip: Pre-crumbled goat cheese doesn't melt as easily as fresh goat cheese. So if you're looking for a little creaminess, use two 3-ounce logs of fresh goat cheese.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: Approx. 3/4 cups
Calories per serving: 499
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16.0g 25%
Saturated Fat 8.0g 40%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 463mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 67.0g 22%
Dietary Fiber 7.0g 28%
Sugars 1.0g
Protein 24.0g 33%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


  • 1 pound rigatoni pasta
  • 1/2 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 pounds broccoli florets
  • 1 cup roasted red pepper, chopped
  • 2/3 cup water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 (5-ounce) package goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

Step by Step:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, saute sausage in olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until cooked halfway. Add onions and continue cooking until sausage is fully cooked and onions are tender. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Drain oil from skillet.
  3. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add broccoli, red pepper and water to skillet. Cover and cook 2 minutes. Remove cover and cook until water is evaporated and the broccoli florets are tender.
  4. Toss pasta and broccoli mixture together just until combined. Sprinkle goat cheese evenly over top and serve with lemon wedges.