Cinnamon and cayenne pepper add spice and heat to this Rigatoni with Spiced Meat Sauce pasta dish.



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  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente; drain, and return to pot. Set aside.

  • While pasta is cooking, cook lamb in a large saucepan over medium-high, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Add onion and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender, 4 to 6 minutes.

  • Stir in tomato paste, cinnamon, and cayenne, and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook until slightly thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in vinegar, and season again with salt and pepper. Add sauce to pot with pasta, and toss to combine.

Reviews (4)

31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: Unrated
Delicious and so easy! I added a bit more garlic and I just use the entire can of tomato paste rather than measuring a half cup. I always use ground lamb as well. I love the cinnamon with it, just a bit of added flavor but not too much. And I top with grated parmesan.
Rating: 3 stars
I used 1lb. of ground beef and 1 lb. of ground pork because lamb it just too expensive. I doubled the garlic, we are a garlic heavy crew. It was a different spin on meat sauce. I don't know if I would make it again.
Rating: Unrated
Good recipe...the lamb gives it lots of flavor. I also think you can't go wrong adding some extra salt and pepper, or even extra cinnamon. The nutrition info from the print version is: 569 cals, 16.6g fat (6.7g saturated), 21.9g protein, 67.1g carbs, 2.8g fiber.
Rating: Unrated
The meat sauce was good, but the cinnamon was way too strong for my tastes - it ended up overpowering the recipe for me. It did add a very nice dimension to the sauce, so I don't think I would remove it, just reduce it to maybe 1/8 tsp. Otherwise, it was quite good and I will make it again with my modifications.