Easy Italian Sausage and Rigatoni


An easy-to-make weeknight dinner with minimal cooking. Just throw everything together and let your oven do the rest.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (8 ounce) package rigatoni pasta

  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage

  • ¼ cup diced onion

  • 4 cups spaghetti sauce

  • 2 cups cottage cheese

  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided

  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook rigatoni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a large baking dish.

  3. Cook sausage and onion in a large skillet until meat is no longer pink and onions are translucent, 5 to 7 minutes.

  4. Combine spaghetti sauce, cottage cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, eggs, parsley, Italian seasoning, basil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add sausage and onion mixture; stir until well combined. Add pasta and carefully mix until well incorporated. Transfer to the prepared baking dish and cover.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven, top with remaining mozzarella, and bake, uncovered, until cheese is melted, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Use store-bought or homemade spaghetti sauce. If dish seems too dry, add an additional 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

673 Calories
32g Fat
57g Carbs
40g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 673
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 133mg 44%
Sodium 1953mg 85%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 450mg 35%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 901mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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