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Traeger Smoked Meatball Rigatoni

Traeger Smoked Meatball Rigatoni is a hearty, rich, pasta dish that is packed full of cheese, meatballs, and delicious marinara. This dish utilized my Traeger Smoked Italian Meatballs, so hopefully you made a big batch of those and have some in the freezer!

Smoked Italian Meatball Rigatoni

Traeger Smoked Meatball Rigatoni

Just in case you all are wondering what kind of week it is around here, I just about published this post with all of the graphics, title, URL, and all mentions included as “rigitoni”.

One of my seven is down with a stomach bug (so the nervous waiting now starts to see who else will get it), and I am flying solo this weekend to try and tackle my mountain sized inbox, laundry pile, and backlog of all the things I need to do that I haven’t had time to do in ages and ages.

Oh, and Googling things like, “Can REAL Christians be depressed?” (answer…all the yup), and “Will gel food coloring come out of carpet?” – asking for a friend.

Gel Food Coloring

All of that stuff is…HARD right now, but you know what isn’t?

This rigatoni.

I was a little skeptical about this, at first. I pulled these meatballs right off of the smoker and put them directly into a big old pot of marinara, and alllllll of that smoke flavor went directly into that pot of sauce. Day one, it was intense. It was a good intense, but if you don’t like smoke flavor this might not be the one for you.

I had a few taste testers outside of the typically party of 9 that tries all of my other recipes here, and they tried this out too. I swore them both to honesty with bribes of goodies and sweet things for some constructive criticism, and surprisingly (to me), I got none. They both loved it!

Smoked Italian Meatball Rigatoni

You need ALL the cheese for this. It really balances the sauce and the hearty meatballs, and make sure to buy a good rigatoni. I really believe that quality pasta made in well-salted water can make or break a dish. Don’t skimp on bargain-brand pasta if you can help it.

Smoked Italian Meatball Rigatoni

Likewise, I’ve said it before and I’ll definitely say it again – get the best canned tomatoes you can get. Or at least buy some that you’d eat on their own. If they wouldn’t taste very good lightly seasoned and tossed with hot pasta without all the rest, they won’t do you ANY favors in a hearty meat sauce.

Smoked Italian Meatball Rigatoni

If you love meatballs, make sure to pop over and check these out too:

Swedish Meatballs
French Onion Stuffed Meatballs
Meatball Stuffed Manicotti
Mini Meatballs with Fresh Herb Marinara

Serve this with Garlic Twisty Bread!

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Twisty Bread

Yield: 8 people

Smoked Italian Meatball Rigatoni

Smoked Italian Meatball Rigatoni

Traeger Smoked Meatball Rigatoni is a hearty, rich, pasta dish that is packed full of cheese, meatballs, and delicious marinara.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes


  • 16 small smoked meatballs, {cooked}
  • 2 pounds rigatoni, {parboiled}


  • 2 28 ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 2 15 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon diced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  • 2 cups cottage cheese, {4%}
  • 4 cups mozzarella cheese, {shredded}


  1. Place the meatballs and all of the sauce ingredients into a large dutch oven or stock pot. Simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes.
  2. While the sauce is simmering, preheat the oven to 350. 
  3. In a large 10x13 baking dish that's been sprayed with cooking spray, dump in the noodles, cottage cheese, and 2 cups of the mozzarella. Pour the sauce in, and stir to combine. 
  4. Top with the rest of the mozzarella cheese, and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and serve hot with garlic bread and salad.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 713Saturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 566mgCarbohydrates: 88gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 33g

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S. Johnson

Friday 8th of December 2017

Where's the recipe for the smoked meatballs or did they come out of a bag. Please advise

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 9th of December 2017

Hey there! Here's the recipe. I linked to it at the top of the post, but I meant to do so in the recipe as well. Good catch!

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