Rigatoni | Source: Getty Images
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Date Night Rigatoni — a Recipe for a Delicious, Romantic Evening

Milla Sigaba
Feb 29, 2024
02:30 P.M.
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Imagine a dish that embodies comfort, flavor, and romance in one delightful package — that's Date Night Rigatoni. And now you can savor the taste of Italian cuisine in the comfort of your home with this simple recipe.

Hailing from Italy's culinary heart, Rigatoni pasta, renowned for its ridged exterior and generous width, serves as the ideal foundation for a sauce that promises a burst of flavor with each bite.

This isn't just ideal for any pasta night; it's an elevated dining experience designed to infuse warmth and joy into your dinner table. The magic lies in the lush, creamy red pepper sauce that transforms the humble noodle bowl into a gourmet delight.

Complemented by the rich textures and flavors of sautéed mushrooms, kale, and the creamy goodness of burrata, this dish is more than filling — it's utterly captivating.

Whether opting to keep it vegetarian or adding a twist of spicy Italian sausage, Date Night Rigatoni is guaranteed to make your evening unforgettable. So, continue reading as we guide you through creating this masterpiece, ensuring a romantic evening brimming with delightful flavors.

Crafting Your Romantic Evening with Date Night Rigatoni


  • For the Pasta:
    • 16 oz Rigatoni pasta
    • 2 cups kale
    • 12 oz Bella mushrooms
    • Burrata (optional)
    • Salt
    • Black Pepper
  • For the Red Pepper Sauce:
    • 1/2 cup 2% milk
    • 3 red bell peppers
    • 1 bulb of garlic
    • 2 tbsp salted butter


  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut the red peppers in half, remove the seeds, and place them on an oiled sheet pan along with the whole garlic bulb (skin on). Drizzle with oil for an even coat.
  3. Roast for 25-30 minutes until the skins char and wrinkle.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta as per the package's instructions.
  5. Sauté the mushrooms in a pan with 1 tbsp of butter until nicely browned.
  6. Remove the mushrooms and sauté the kale with a little oil until it just turns bright green and wilts.
  7. Peel the skins off the roasted peppers and add them to a blender with the garlic (skins removed), a pinch of salt and pepper, and the milk. Blend until smooth, adjusting its taste and consistency as needed.
  8. To serve, mix the cooked pasta and vegetables in a bowl. Pour over the creamy red pepper sauce and top with a touch of burrata and freshly cracked black pepper.

Pro Tip: Feel free to add Italian sausage to your Date Night Rigatoni for extra protein and red pepper flakes for an extra kick.

Every bite of this Date Night Rigatoni isn't just a meal; it's an indulgence in an experience. The creamy red pepper sauce, combined with earthy mushrooms and vibrant kale, creates a symphony of flavors that are comforting yet sophisticated.

Topped with burrata, this dish becomes a creamy dream, perfect for those special evenings when you seek to impress while enjoying a quiet, romantic dinner at home.

As the evening winds down and you're savoring the last bite of your rigatoni, consider extending the culinary adventure. Our orangecello recipe might be the perfect follow-up, adding a refreshing touch to your cozy night in.

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