Rigatoni with Bacon, Sage and Brown Butter

May 28, 2014 • Italian Food, Main Dish, Pasta, Toddlers & Kids, Uncategorized, Weeknight

Bacon, Sage and Brown Butter Rigatoni Mediterranean Baby (13)

This Rigatoni with Bacon, Sage and Brown Butter is as simple and straight forward as it sounds.   While your pasta boils, you can prepare this simple sauce in no time.  I think of it as one of my “less is more” recipes, great for the whole family.  From tiny toddler taste-buds to more sophisticated palates, this recipe is a crowd pleaser!

Last weekend, I treated the kiddos to a Sunday breakfast of cinnamon rolls, fruit, and of course, bacon.  It’s their favorite breakfast, reserved for weekends and trips to Yiayia’s (my mom’s).  That being said, in my attempts to limit the bacon intake, I’m always left with extra uncooked bacon.  Not this time!!  Before I wrapped up my unused bacon to wait out its days in the fridge, I eyed up my herb garden and sage came to mind.  A few minutes later, I was boiling water and working out this recipe.  I think you’ll love it!
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Rigatoni with Bacon, Sage and Brown Butter


  • 4 strips bacon, small dice
  • 8 large sage leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. rigatoni
  • Parmesan cheese for tossing and garnishing


Bring a pasta pot full of water to a boil, salt liberally, and add rigatoni.

In a medium saucepan, brown and crisp bacon over medium-low heat.

Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon and drain on a paper towel lined plate.

Using a paper towel, wipe, but don't wash, the bacon grease from the pan.

Return the pan to the stove and melt, then brown the butter in the pan.

Add the sage and cooked bacon to the pan. Turn off the heat.

Drain the pasta when al dente, reserving 1 cup of the starchy cooking water for the sauce.

Toss the pasta in the bacon, sage, and brown butter sauce, adding the starchy pasta water, olive oil, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese to your liking.

Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

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3 Responses to Rigatoni with Bacon, Sage and Brown Butter

  1. Connie says:

    Delicious, I had some fresh out of the pan…I love being a taste tester :-)

  2. Aleka says:

    Wonderful and so fast. I think it can be nice to take to a cook out.
    Good job Nocole as always.

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