as stated above this recipe is from bucca di beppo and its my favorite thing to order there, its spicy & creamy and the best thing about it, is it requires pretty much things I always have in the fridge & Pantry, OH the other best thing about it is you can have it done in 35 minutes or less.

Spicy chicken rigatoni

a spicy tomato & cream sauce with crushed red pepper thinly sliced chicken and rigatoni pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian, italian american
Servings 6


  • 2-3 chicken breasts
  • 1 small/med onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • cup heavy cream or to taste
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 8 oz can tomato paste
  • rigatoni noodles
  • cup frozen peas
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese to taste


  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • crushed pepper to taste


  • cook pasta according to package instructions (reserve about 1 ½ cups of the pasta water)
  • heat pot on medium/medium low depending on your stove , Sauté onion & crushed pepper for 5 minutes or until the onion begins to turn translucent
  • then add the garlic and cook for another 5 minutes staring constantly
  • Then add tomato paste and cook about 10-15 minutes and season stirring constantly ( if needed add one more tbsp of oil to keep the paste mixture from burning)
  • add the pasta water little by little until a thick sauce forms and season to taste ( you don't have to add all the pasta water, eye ball, it I usually end up using 1 cup)
  • add the butter, stir and once the butter is melted add the cream and some parm
  • after a few minutes add the frozen peas and taste for seasoning adding more if needed stir to combine, the sauce is now done and you can set it aside while you cook the chicken
  • in a separate pan add 2 tbsp of oil and cook the chicken until internal temp reaches 165℉ set aside and let cool for 5 minutes then slice it thin
  • to assemble simply add the pasta and chicken to the sauce mixture and serve with freshly grated parmesan
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