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‘Endless pastabilities’ during national pasta month

Posted at 3:16 PM, Oct 20, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. – It’s national pasta month and there is still time to celebrate! Chef Mike Chechile from Carrabba’s Italian Grill shows us how to make a delicious rigatoni Campagnolo. Make this dish at home or visit Carrabba's Italian Restaurant to give it a try.

Rigatoni Campagnolo


  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ pound Italian Sausage
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 each Small Red onion, finely chopped
  • 12 each Large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) tomato puree
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 each Red bell peppers ½” Julienne
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 Pound Dried Rigatoni Pasta
  • 1 cup Freshly grated romano cheese
  • 4 oz Sliced Caprino (Goat) Cheese
    • Chopped fine fresh flat-leaf parley


  1. Remove sausage from casing and break into chunks. In a sauté pan heat olive oil, brown sausage until almost cooked, deglaze with white wine. Remove, set aside. In a large stockpot, heat the olive oil. Add red onion and garlic and sauté on medium-high for about 3 minutes, until the onions soften and become translucent. Add tomato puree, water, salt, pepper, and sugar. Bring to a boil, add bell peppers. Lower the heat and simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add cooked sausage and basil. Cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add salt to taste. Add the Rigatoni and stir well to be sure the pasta separates. Cook according to the package directions, stirring occasionally until al dente.
  4. Time the sauce so it is done about the same time as the pasta. When the pasta is done, drain it well. Return it to its cooking pot, pour in the Campagnolo sauce, add romano, and mix well. Place in a serving bowl and top with caprino cheese. Top with chopped parsley and enjoy.