Rigatoni with Genovese or Roasted Pepper Sauces

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Rigatoni with Roasted Pepper Sauce
(see below for recipe) A different kind of Italian Sauce for pasta with robust flavors!

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Genovese Pesto Sauce

2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 cups, packed, coarsely chopped basil leaves
Coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
1/4 tablespoon pine nuts, pistachio nuts or walnuts
3 tablespoons Pecorino Romano Cheese
1/2 to 1/3 cup olive oil
In a food processor make a paste with the garlic, basil, pinch salt, pine nuts and cheeses Gradually blend in olive oil; adjust seasoning. Pour over cooked Rigatoni.

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

3 tablespoon olive oil
2 pounds of plum tomatoes put through the food processor
4 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped
pinch or oregano dried
1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/2 cups Burgundy red wine
4 cups roasted red peppers removing all skins (jarred or homemade roasted peppers) if using jarred rinse well in warm water)
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne or hot paprika
Grated cheese Pecorino Romano Cheese

In the foodprocessor, place roasted peppers and pulse until fine puree, add the tomatoes and puree leaving a few chunks of tomato.
In a large deep saucepan, saute in olive oil the garlic till soft a few minutes. Add the paste and stir to combine flavor. Add the tomato pepper mixture, wine, and spices. Simmer for at least 25 minutes. Add the fresh herbs and cook another 30 minutes, if you like a thicker sauce cook longer. Boil pasta of choice and serve over cooked pasta with grating cheese.


  1. Perfect way for rigatoni to be prepared so that all of that wonderful red pepper sauce can fill them up for each bite of yummy Italian flavor! Love this recipe Claudia!

  2. This pepper sauce is very tasty, it's the perfect dressing for rigatoni. Bye, have a good day

  3. Love both sauces! Looks very flavourful and soothing!

  4. You always surprise me. I am getting hungry now.. Ciao!

  5. After checking the word verification, it looked like I could get thru today. All of these sound delicious and I appreciate that you share the old family sauce recipes.

  6. Both of these sauces sound incredible. I will have to give them a try, well I will wait for my basil to grow to try the pesto sauce.

  7. Both recipes look fabulous, Claudia! You are such an amazing cook, my friend~

  8. Rigatoni remains one of my favorite pasta shapes. Your meal is perfect--well, no, it has calories--but other than that, it is perfect!!!

  9. I bought rigatoni for the pantry yesterday so maybe that was fate getting me ready to make this. It sounds SO good.

  10. Both of these sauces are just delightful!


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