Spicy Tequila Rigatoni

If you love a simple and spicy pasta dish, then you’re going to love this Spicy Tequila Rigatoni recipe. It’s so easy to make and is a spin on the classic Pasta Alla Vodka, although I have to say, I like this better! The creamy Calabrian chili sauce is packed with so much flavor. What truly makes this so special is the pasta itself! I always say that the type of pasta you use can instantly elevate the entire dish, which is why I use Barilla Al Bronzo®. It’s a premium pasta that’s expertly crafted to deliver extraordinary sauce grip for more flavor in every bite – and who doesn’t want that!? Hope you try it and love it as much as we do.

Here’s a video of how I made this Spicy Tequila Rigatoni! For another delicious dish, check out my Bruschetta Pasta recipe.

What You'll Need:

+ 1 box Barilla Al Bronzo® Mezzi Rigatoni

+ 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

+ ½ medium yellow onion, finely chopped

+ 3 tbsp. crushed calabrian chile peppers (adjust based on heat preference)

+ 4 cloves garlic, finely minced

+ ¼ tsp. Sugar

+ Salt to taste

+ 8 oz. tomato paste

+ ¼ cup tequila blanco

+ ¾ cup heavy cream

+ 5 tbsp. unsalted butter

+ 1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano plus more for serving

+ ½ – 1 cup pasta water, as needed

+ Fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional)


1. In a large pot of heavily salted water, cook pasta until perfect al dente texture.

2. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and onion. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until translucent.

3. Add the crushed calabrian chili peppers, garlic, sugar and salt. Cook for 2-3 minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic!

4. Add the tomato paste and cook until it darkens and turns a deep red color, approximately 4-5 minutes.

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