Mezzi Rigatoni With Parmesan Cheese And Pears Poached In Red Wine Filling

  • Yield : 36
  • Servings : 36
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Bite-sized filled rigatoni make great appetizers with a variety of savory fillings.


  • 8 oz. Barilla Mezzi Rigatoni
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • As needed ground cinnamon
  • 1 whole 1/8-inch dice pear, ripe


Step 1

Cook the Barilla® pasta for the time indicated on the package. Drain pasta and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking. Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans and cool in a blast chiller. Alternatively, cool it down in a walk-in cooler. Store in zip lock bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate and use within several hours.

Step 2

To fill, put desired filling in a pastry bag with a round tip. Fill 36 rigatoni and stand each on end in a paper liner. Garnish as directed. Refrigerate until service.

Step 3

Filling: Boil the cream in a small saucepan. Add the Parmesan and stir until melted. Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 4

Add wine, sugar, and cinnamon to a separate medium saucepan over medium heat. Simmer to reduce for 6 minutes.

Step 5

Poach pears in wine mixture for 2 minutes. Let cool.
Fill rigatoni with cheese filling and garnish each piece with a pear cube.

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 (16g)
Servings Per Container 36

Amount Per Serving
Calories 40
Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 55mg
Total Carbohydrate 5g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 2g

Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2%
Iron 0%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.