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Entree, Whole Grains/Pasta/Rice, Vegetarian |300 calories per serving|25 minute recipe

Rigatoni with Red Peppers

This content was last updated on February 21, 2020

Whole-wheat rigatoni and colorful red peppers are the stars of this simple pasta sauté. Whole grains are rich in fiber, a nutrient important for lowering risk of certain cancers, particularly colorectal. The subtle sweetness of the red peppers is balanced by cherry tomatoes and spinach, adding potent phytochemicals. These natural plant compounds may help protect cells from the types of damage that may lead to cancer.


  • 12 oz. whole-wheat rigatoni
  • 4-6 qtrs. water, or according to pasta package instructions
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 medium red bell peppers, deseeded and sliced into ½ -inch strips
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 10 oz. fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, divided
Makes 6 servings (1 ½ cups ). Per serving: 300 calories, 7 g total fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 48 g carbohydrates, 14 g protein, 2 g dietary fiber, 210 mg sodium, 5 g sugar, 0 g added sugar.


  1. Cook rigatoni according to package directions for al dente. Drain pasta, reserving ½ cup water. Return pasta to pot to keep warm.
  2. While pasta cooks, in skillet heat oil over high heat. Stir in onion, peppers and tomatoes. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Sauté, stirring occasionally. After 5 minutes, add spinach and continue to sauté until vegetables are tender and spinach is wilted, about 5 more minutes.
  3. Add vegetables, reserved pasta water and ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese to pasta and gently toss to combine.
  4. To serve, top pasta with basil and remainder of Parmesan cheese.

This recipe contains cancer fighting foods:

This recipe was specially crafted to support cancer prevention and survival. It adheres to AICR's Cancer Prevention Recommendations. Learn more about our recipe guidelines.

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Great and easy recipe!

October 17, 2022

This recipe was so quick to make, and I had all the ingredients on-hand.