Pipe rigate (small shells) with tomato sauce & ricotta

This is a quick & simple pasta dish yet it is so good . I make it when I have a busy day cleaning the house or was out and pressed for time to cook supper. While the pasta is cooking I make the sauce and in less than 30mins I have a meal on the table .


• 500g pipe rigate

• 3 large garlic cloves sliced

• 1 can cherry tomatoes or fresh halved cherry tomatoes

• 1 large pkt or 1 bottle thick tomato juice or passata

• 250g or 1 tub ricotta

• grated cheese to serve

• oregano  and chili or cayenne pepper powder


Put a pot of water to boil for the pasta. Add salt.

In a saucepan heat some oil then fry the garlic but do not let it burn or it will  give a bad flavor to the sauce.

Add the cherry tomatoes and fry  and then the tomato passata ,you can also use ready made sauce such as the ravioli sauce.

Add the dried oregano & pinch of cayenne or chili and salt to taste.

Let it simmer on low heat.

Cook the pasta until its al dente.

Drain the pasta and mix with the tomato sauce ,stir in the ricotta .

Serve with lots of freshly ground pepper and grated cheese .

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6 Responses to Pipe rigate (small shells) with tomato sauce & ricotta

  1. Sunny jez says:

    My mom used to make this for us when we were kids!! Always a treat!!! We were all born in Malta but came to Canada at a very young age. I miss my moms cooking!

  2. raymond vassallo says:

    prosit we tried it it came very good

    • lorraine says:

      Hi Raymond ,glad you tried it and you enjoyed it. Its a simple yet tasty pasta dish and an all time family favorite 🙂

  3. Periwinkle says:

    I boiled pipe rigate pasta for almost 30 min and it still was not soft enough, and remains hard no matter I boil it for 1 hr or 30 min n then when i ate it as such it caused stomachache, Can u plz tell how much time does it need to get boiled or any other tip to get it soft or should I get it soft in pressure cooker?

    • lorraine says:

      No need for a pressure cooker to cook pasta usually all it takes is 10=12 minutes max and you need lots of boiling water with some salt added and you put your pasta in .

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