Rigatoni with Green Onion and Pancetta Tomato Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
This is a quick, easy and delicious rigatoni recipe is a great weeknight meal. In a pinch, you can substitute bacon, but pancetta is worth picking up for this one.
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  • 3 cups dried rigatoni pasta
  • 1/2 cup pancetta diced
  • 1 cup green onions diced, green part only, plus more for garnish
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red chili flakes
  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • 28 oz canned San Marzano tomatoes or other good quality canned tomatoes,
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Freshly grated Parmesan and additional diced green onion, for garnish


  • Boil a large pot of water and salt generously. Add pasta and cook until al dente.
  • Meanwhile, pour canned tomatoes into a bowl. Break the tomatoes up with your hand and discard any tough ends. Dice your pancetta and green onions and set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook pancetta until browned. Remove to a bowl. Add green onions and cook, stirring, until softened and starting to brown (there should be a bit of fat from the pancetta in the pan, but if not, add a bit of butter). Add the chili flakes and cook briefly. Add vodka and cook off until only a few Tablespoons of the vodka remains. Add the tomatoes. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add the butter, sugar and salt and pepper, to taste. Add the cream and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low until pasta is ready.
  • When pasta is cooked, drain and return to pot. Add sauce and cook, stirring, about 2 minutes. If necessary, add some pasta cooking liquid to loosen the sauce.
  • Serve with additional fresh diced green onion and Parmesan.


Be sure to read the “Ingredient and Cook's Notes" (above the recipe card!), where I share more detailed  tips, variations and substitution suggestions for this recipe!

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 336mg | Potassium: 762mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1070IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 4mg