Rigatoni in Tomato Sauce with Shrimp and Feta Cheese

1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
6 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 (14-16 oz. cans) chopped tomatoes (including juice)
2 tablespoons finely chopped flat leafed parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
dried hot red pepper flakes (add to taste)
1.5 pounds medium shrimp (about 34) shelled and de-veined
1 pound dried rigatoni or other tubular pasta
1/2 pound Feta, crumbled

Pre-heat oven to 220c (450f).
In a large saucepan cook the onion and garlic in the oil over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally until soft. Add the wine and boil the mixture for one minute. Stir in the tomatoes (including juice), 1 tablespoon of parsley, the basil, oregano, salt and red pepper flakes. Boil the mixture, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Add the shrimp and cook the mixture over low heat 4-5 minutes or until the shrimp turn pink. Remove pan from heat.

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the rigatoni until al dente, drain well and stir it into the shrimp mixture. Stir in 5 oz. of the Feta and transfer the mixture to a lightly oiled 4 quart shallow glass baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the remaining parsley and Feta. Bake pasta in the middle of a preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the Feta is bubbling and the top is slightly crusty.

The Culinary Chase’s Note: We love feta cheese so I end up using more than what the recipe calls for. For a lovely taste sensation, substitute the dried herbs with fresh herbs.


  1. Garrett on October 29, 2006 at 02:15

    Oooh! Looks totally yummy!

  2. Anonymous on November 1, 2006 at 21:41

    Mmmmmmmm this is tasty – will be trying it with prawns – thanks for sharing it…

  3. Bruno on November 2, 2006 at 16:33

    I love feta and fresh herbs in pasta… this looks very flavorful!