Today is Valentine’s Day and this Minced Beef Rigatoni dish is a perfect option whether you’re single, taken or celebrating the day with friends. This Italian pasta recipe by Wovenblends is a great way to create that special feeling of being in Italy for a romantic dinner on this special day of love. Bring the romantic streets of Rome to your home.

Rigatoni Recipe

  • 1/2lb minced beef
  • 4 cups rigatoni
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 onion (halved)
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • Cooking spray/olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 1/2 cups water (1/2 for blending & 3 for pasta)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1tsp Italian seasoning/thyme
  • Fresh basil leaves (6 stalks)
  • 1-2tsps Black pepper
  • 1tsp Paprika
  • 1tbsp parmesan
  • Salt and seasoning to taste


  • Roast tomato, 1 half of the onion, and bell pepper in oven for about 20-30mins
  • While tomato mix is being roasted, cook pasta according to pack instructions. I like mine Al Dante
  • When roasted ingredients are done, combine in a blender and pour in half a cup of water. Pulse till smooth
  • In a frying pan/woke, pour in some olive oil or spray your pan. Then add in minced beef and cook till it is done
  • Add in minced garlic and simmer for 10 seconds, then add tomato blend, tomato paste, remaining half chopped onions, 3 stalks fresh basil leaves (remaining three will go in later), salt, black pepper, Italian seasoning/thyme and paprika.
  • Simmer for 5minutes, then add heavy cream and simmer for an additional 5minutes.
  • Add in Parmesan cheese, and simmer for a few seconds before adding pasta. Stir thoroughly, then add in remaining basil leaves. Let simmer for a few seconds.

Dish and enjoy hot with a side of your choice.

More of a Chicken Lover? Try this Baked Chicken recipe by Wovenblends as well!