Baked Rigatoni with Sun Dried Tomatoes & Peas

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Baked Rigatoni with Sun Dried Tomatoes & Peas is simple, comforting, and full of flavor.
Baked Rigatoni with Sun Dried Tomatoes & Peas | Persnickety Plates

I haven’t cooked dinner in nearly two weeks. That is mostly because I’ve been too lazy to go grocery shopping. Actually, that’s the only reason.

This pasta was really good. Better than I expected it to be. Isn’t it nice when that happens?

I don’t typically like jarred alfredo sauces, and I don’t remember buying this one, but it was very good. This dish was inspired by one I used to get from either Johnny Carino’s or Papa Vino’s, I don’t remember which. It was pasta with peas, tomatoes, bacon and grilled chicken. Since we’re not eating meat, I skipped the bacon and chicken and switched up the roma tomatoes to sun dried tomatoes. It comes together really quickly and was a great weeknight meal. I served it with a little salad.

Oh yea…my cookbook/gift card GIVEAWAY is still going on.

Baked Rigatoni with Sun Dried Tomatoes & Peas

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
Baked Rigatoni with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Peas is a simple but comforting vegetarian meal.
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Servings 4 -6 servings


  • ½ pound rigatoni half of a 16 oz box
  • 15 oz jar alfredo sauce I used Classico Four Cheese Alfredo
  • Approx. 1 cup sun dried tomatoes half of a 6.5 oz jar, chopped*
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • cup shaved Parmesan
  • salt & pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray an 8 x 11 pan with non-stick spray & set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta to the boiling water, stirring frequently until it's cooked (I like mine al dente, Mr. likes his soft).
  • While the pasta is cooking, chop up the sun dried tomatoes.
  • Once the pasta is done, drain it and put it back in the pot. Add the jar of alfredo sauce (I used just shy of the whole jar - I don't like really saucy pasta), peas, shredded cheese, Parmesan cheese and tomatoes. Season with freshly ground black pepper and stir to fully combine.
  • Transfer to the prepared pan and sprinkle with more shredded cheese, if desired.
  • Cook for approximately 20 minutes until cheeses are melted and peas are thawed.
  • Serve topped with more shaved Parmesan and pepper (if you're me).

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*I used a jar of sun dried tomato packed in olive oil, which was around $7. My grocery store also sells “fresh” sun dried tomatoes, which are cheaper, but they’re too tangy for me. The ones packed in oil are milder, so that’s what I used.

Baked Rigatoni with Sun Dried Tomatoes & Peas | Persnickety Plates
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  1. stephanie says

    yummm pasta is mt favorite comfort food!

  2. Amber says

    YUM. I love rigatoni, yum yum yum!

  3. Jessica Eustace says

    That looks amazing! I just won’t let my husband know that there are sun dried tomatoes in it. 😉 I’m not a big fan of jarred alfredo sauce and normally make my own but I’m going to give that one a try.

  4. ty says

    Holy. moly.

  5. Ali @ JamHands.net says

    Mmmmmm carbs! 🙂 This look so comforting.

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  6. SallysBakingAddiction says

    i really shouldn’t be browsing an amazing pasta recipe like this when I’m starving for dinner. 🙂 Looks so so so good. I love carbs 🙂

  7. ShugarySweets says

    Pasta is the perfect comfort food! I love that you used peas!!

  8. Krista Low says

    Man this pasta looks amazing! I love using Sun Dried tomatoes. They add so much flavor to a dish, especially pasta. I’m excited to make this one 🙂 Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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