This is a great, fast dinner that's perfect for a potluck or weeknight meal. You can substitute chicken for the sausage, or delete the sausage to make it vegetarian, and it would still taste great!

Sarah
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add rigatoni, and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes; drain.

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  • Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, onion, and bell pepper. Cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the chorizo slices, and continue cooking until the chorizo is no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes.

  • Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Slowly whisk in the milk, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the diced tomatoes, salt, and pepper, then reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer 10 minutes to thicken and smooth the sauce. Stir the cooked chorizo into the sauce along with the drained rigatoni pasta. Stir, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese to serve.

Nutrition Facts

574.5 calories; 25.3 g protein; 50.1 g carbohydrates; 70.2 mg cholesterol; 960.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
11/25/2008
I might be being nice by giving this recipe four stars. It was fine and we gobbled it down but it really reminded me of hamburger helper. Not a fancy end for some excellent chorizo. We used half the bechamel which I flavored with 1/2 t paprika and 1 T parsley. I think it also could have used more chorizo. Whole wheat noodles hold up well in this recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/24/2008
It was okay, nothing more. I added some chili powder to my plate to give it some flavor. Its just tomato bisque with chorizo added. I doubt if I will make it again. Read More
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24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
11/25/2008
I might be being nice by giving this recipe four stars. It was fine and we gobbled it down but it really reminded me of hamburger helper. Not a fancy end for some excellent chorizo. We used half the bechamel which I flavored with 1/2 t paprika and 1 T parsley. I think it also could have used more chorizo. Whole wheat noodles hold up well in this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/25/2008
I might be being nice by giving this recipe four stars. It was fine and we gobbled it down but it really reminded me of hamburger helper. Not a fancy end for some excellent chorizo. We used half the bechamel which I flavored with 1/2 t paprika and 1 T parsley. I think it also could have used more chorizo. Whole wheat noodles hold up well in this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2008
Well...I blew it. I didn't have any bell peppers or diced tomatoes but I did have a can of Italian diced tomatoes and added the drained can to the white sauce. I followed the recipe otherwise. VERY good!! Hubby loved it. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/13/2008
This was simple to put together and yummy! I used fresh from the garden tomatoes instead of canned and added a bit of cumin and red pepper flakes. It was a good way to use up some chorizo. I will definitely make it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/17/2011
We liked this. I followed the recipe except for I did not use all chorizo sausage I was afraid that would be too much for my family. Instead I used 1/4 chorizo and the balance in Italian pork sausage. It was a nice mix. This was a nice quick and easy meal for a week night. We will make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/13/2011
Love it of course I did my own thing with it but the inspiration is there! I used a vegetarian chorizo added some cayenne pepper red pepper flakes tomato paste instead of the milk little sugar to cut the canned tomato taste. And it turns into a super spicy dish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2009
Very delish no problems I added some mixed veggies for some color and to make it a bit healthier. I also used fat free milk and low fat butter spread Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/23/2008
It was okay, nothing more. I added some chili powder to my plate to give it some flavor. Its just tomato bisque with chorizo added. I doubt if I will make it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/10/2012
I had to alter this a little as I went along. First we use ground chorizo in our house so I browned that up instead of using the slices so the outcome was textured like a meatsauce and spicy throughout. The tomatoes I used were fire roasted which added a great flavor to the sauce. I only used about half the milk because the sauce would've been too thin for my liking with more. For the cheese used taco blend not Parmesan. Hubby thought the final outcome was 5 delish but since I fixed it up a bit and didn't like it THAT much I'll rate it 4 overall. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2009
Very good. I've come to love chorizo and am always looking for more recipies. This one makes the book. Read More
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