This recipe can easily be made with ground turkey, sausage or you can leave out the meat completely and make this meat-less! Up to you!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: italian american
Keyword: creamy pasta, easy, easy pasta, rigatoni, rigatoni pasta
1tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
3garlic clovesminced or thinly sliced
1lb. lean ground beef
1teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
1(28 oz.)can crushed tomatoes
1(28 oz.)can diced tomatoes
fresh basil leavescouple handfuls
1lb.rigatoni pastacooked to al dente
salt and pepper
parmesan cheesefreshly grated
Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. After a minute or two, add in the onions and cook until translucent and tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and stir together for one minute. Add in the lean ground beef and cook until all the meat is browned and cooked through.
Add in the anchovy paste and the red chili pepper flakes if using and stir together. Pour in the crushed and diced tomatoes, mix together and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for about 8 to 10 minutes.
Pour in the heavy cream* and add in the basil. Stir together for a minute to two and then add in the cooked rigatoni pasta. Stir together and make sure the sauce is coating all of the pasta. Taste, season with salt and pepper if needed and serve. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese and enjoy!
*If you don't have heavy cream, whole milk will work, or for an even creamier pasta, 3/4 whole milk + 3 tablespoons unsalted butter.