Tomato and Herb Rigatoni


  • 2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded & chopped
  • ¼ c fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 T basil
  • 1 ½ t garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ t fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ t olive oil
  • ½ t fresh mint
  • ½ t pepper
  • ¼ t crushed red pepper
  • ⅛ t salt
  • 8 oz rigatoni, cooked
  • spices & fresh herbs
  • ground beef
  • 15 oz tomato sauce


Combine the first ten ingredients in a bowl. Let stand at room temperature for an hour.

Cook the pasta according to the package directions, omitting any salt and fat; drain.

Brown the ground beef w/ the seasonings listed after it. Drain fat. I used whatever herbs I had on hand and the following spices: onion powder, garlic powder, garam masala.

Add the pasta & beef along with the tomato sauce to the tomato mixture and toss well. Garnish with fresh basil sprigs, if desired. Serve immediately.


Preparation time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes


Source, now gone, I added beef and seasonings