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Carbone Spicy Rigatoni

This carbone spicy rigatoni recipe is made with vodka, cream, tomato paste, and Calabrian chilis. A quick and easy dinner that is made in under 30 minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 561kcal


  • 1/2 lb pipette pasta
  • 1/2 onion finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 2 tbsp chopped Calabrian chili peppers
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp sugar or to taste
  • 1/4 cup pasta water the water you cook the pasta in
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil


  • Cook the pasta in boiling salted water according to packaging instructions.
  • In a large pot, heat some oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and Calabrian chili peppers and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes while stirring frequently. Pour in the vodka and cook for 1 minute. Add the heavy cream and mix well.
  • Add the pasta cooking water, sugar, and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the butter, fresh parmesan cheese, and check for seasoning. Fold in the pasta and enjoy!


  • Cook the pasta until al-dente.
  • Only use 1/2 lb of pasta if you like it saucy and creamy. If you use the entire box, it will be a little dry.
  • Double the sauce recipe if you use 1 lb of pasta!
  • If you can't find chopped Calabrian chilis feel free to use red crushed chili flakes instead.


Calories: 561kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 409mg | Potassium: 634mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1621IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 2mg