Pulled Pork Rigatoni

Pulled Pork Rigatoni is the best way to use leftover pulled pork. Pasta tossed with crushed tomatoes, pulled pork, onions, mushrooms and garlic. 

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. Speaking of sauce the sauce is 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.

Pulled Pork Rigatoni is the best way to use leftover pulled pork. Pasta tossed with crushed tomatoes, pulled pork, onions, mushrooms and garlic.

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

What do you do with leftover pulled pork?

Whenever I make a batch of slow cooker pulled pork there is leftovers. I love it because there is SO many things you can do with it. For the longest time my leftovers would turn into tacos, sandwiches, taquitos, tostadas and tater tot casserole.

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 and I always will. Spending some time in Italy didn’t help matters.

For this recipe, I use whole grain pasta. It’s a little chewier and heartier than regular pasta. I think it makes pasta dishes more rustic. And it works especially well in dishes like this.

Pulled Pork Ragu.

That is basically what this sauce is and it is fantastic. I could probably eat the sauce all on it’s own. The sauce is chunky with pulled pork, onions, garlic and mushrooms. It is rustic, simple and honestly one of the best things that you can do with your leftovers.

Pulled Pork Rigatoni is a rustic pasta dish. Rigatoni tossed with pulled pork ragu #leftoverpulledpork #pulledpork #pasta #dinner

Looking for more pasta recipes? Check out some of my favorites!

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Pasta Pomodoro

Pasta Amatriciana 

Shrimp and Scallop Pasta

 Aglio e Olio

Classic Aglio e Olio pasta is one of my favorites and a favorite of all garlic lovers!

Pulled Pork Rigatoni Recipe

Serves 4 - 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:
4.8 based on 4 reviews


  • 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.



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  • Reply
    Liz Morgan
    October 9, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Loved these leftover pulled pork ideas! Made this one and we all loved it! (How did my mom cook before the internet!?)
    Thank you

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    July 17, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    It tastes amazing. I had a little leftover pulled pork left, and had to turn it into enough for my father and husbands lunches for a week, and it worked amazing! I used Farfalle instead, and I used Adobo Seasoning, mixed with some Cumin and dried Jalapeño that I had. I also didnt have red wine, so I used chicken broth with a few teaspoons of red wine vinagar. It was the perfect blend of seasonings. I really want to try this with beef, chicken, and change around what type of broths I use.

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    Lesan Lucas
    July 17, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    This was very good!! I was a bit skeptical about the cumin, (I love cumin, but wasn’t really in the mood for it) but it was subtle and added that great aroma to the meal. Thanks for such a terrific recipe for leftover pulled pork!

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    April 7, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Do you think leftover Italian beef would work in this recipe instead of the pork??

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      April 7, 2019 at 12:07 pm

      I actually think that would be really good!

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    Thea M. Pex
    December 20, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    I made this tonight for dinner, I had a lot of leftover pulled pork, did not have enough mushrooms. Next time! Family loved it!

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      December 21, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      Wonderful to hear, Thea! Thank you!

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    Cindy Passons
    February 12, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    What would be a good substitution for mushrooms/fungi?

    • Reply
      February 12, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      Cindy- You can simply omit them if you like!

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    CIndy Poehls
    December 28, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    it’s great receipe

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary
    July 23, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Looks fantastic!

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    July 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I was debating whether to make simple marinara pasta or lasagna, but since I saw your pulled pork, my heat is set for your recipe for this weekend!!! Sounds delicious:)

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    July 18, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Ohhhh rigatoni must be so good with pulled pork! I love cooking pasta on weekdays, and having leftover pulled pork comes in very handy!

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    July 18, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Come the fall I’ll try this out. It’s not summer food in Washington, DC’s heat and humidity. Looks/sounds marvelous.

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    Jessie {Life As A Strawberry}
    July 17, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    I’m drooling. This sounds AMAZING.

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    July 17, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I love love love this idea, I would never have thought of putting pulled pork with pasta. I am so trying this recipe!

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig
    July 17, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I have never put my pulled pork in pasta, that’s a great idea. I know the family would love that!

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