Pulled Pork Rigatoni

Pulled Pork Week continues today with this Pulled Pork Rigatoni. I should apologize because I’ve been holding on to this recipe for some time now. I’m not sure why I haven’t shared it before because it is awesome. How could it not be? First of all, there is rigatoni with those lovely holes that are perfect for hiding some sauce. And then the sauce. The BEST part. I’m telling you it is rustic comfort food to the max with crushed tomatoes, onions, garlic, mushrooms, and the star, pulled pork. Take a minute and wipe the drool. I’ll wait.

Ready? K good. Let’s move on shall we?

For the longest time, whenever I thought of pulled pork I only imagined it in tacos. Or taquitos. Or toastadas. Never pasta.

It’s weird really. Because I am always trying to think of a way to turn a non-pasta dish into a pasta dish. Because carbs are awesome.

There I said it. And I’m not the least bit ashamed.

I heart pasta. A lot. I always have. Spending some time in Italy didn’t help matters.

We eat it once a week or so. But recently we’ve switched to whole grain. I was resistant at first but am now embracing it and it’s all I buy. It’s a little chewier. Heartier. I think it makes pasta dishes more rustic. And it works especially well in dishes like this. The sauce is chunky with pulled pork, onions, garlic and mushrooms. Have you embraced whole grain or whole wheat pasta yet? If not, you should give it a try!

Pulled Pork Rigatoni Recipe

Serves 4 - 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1 pound dried whole grain rigatoni
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • chopped parsley
  • shredded parmesan cheese



Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.


While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook garlic, mushrooms and onions just until onions and mushrooms have softened and started to brown, about 5 minutes. Pour red wine over the top to deglaze the pan. Be sure to scrape up any of the brown bits that have stuck to the bottom of the pan.


Pour in crushed tomatoes. Mix in cumin, salt and pepper. Add in pulled pork. Mix well. Continue cooking for 5 - 10 more minutes or until sauce is warmed through. Stir in cooked rigatoni. Mix well. Transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and parmesan cheese. Serve.