Baked Rigatoni

Posted by Jade | Thursday, June 09, 2005 | 2 comments »

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Olive Oil
2 lbs. ground beef
1 med. jar spaghetti sauce with roasted garlic
1 (28-30 oz. cans) can tomato sauce
1 (28-30 oz. cans) can diced tomatoes
Pinch of dried oregano
Pinch of dried parsley
Pinch of dried basil
Pinch of salt, plus additional salt for pasta water
Pinch of pepper
1 med. onion, chopped
1 (1 lb.) bag shredded mozzarella cheese
1 (1 lb.) box rigatoni noodles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Heat a large pot(for sauce).
Boil a large pot of water for pasta. Add salt if desired.

Add ground beef and cook until liquid has evaporated and the fat rendered. Add garlic and onions, and cook until fragrant and beef is starting to brown. Add tomatoes and sauce, spices, salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 1 hour.

Once water has come to a full boil add in pasta stirring frequently. Cook until a little less than al dente. Drain and cool.

In a large baking dish (the kind you would use for a lasagna) drizzle some olive oil. Then pour some sauce on the bottom. Not to much because you will be layering. Then add a layer of pasta. Then a layer of cheese. Continue layering in this fashion until all ingredients are used. However there will probably be a LARGE amount of sauce left. But there shouldn't be any more sauce and cheese left.

Take the empty sauce and tomato jars, and fill with 1/8 water, shake. Pour over dish. Then sprinkle any more cheese on top. Sprinkle with additional oregano, parsley and basil if desired.

Cover casserole with foil and place in oven. Check every 15 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove foil for last 5 minutes of cooking to brown cheese.

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Voila! Serve in small portions with a salad, sprinkled with parmesean cheese and garlic bread. Yum!


  1. Toni // 6/16/2005 4:36 AM  

    This looks so delicious. I haven't tried cooking with Rigatoni yet. :)

  2. JMom // 6/17/2005 12:23 PM  

    Hi Toni! You'll like rigatoni. It's hardier than the long pastas, I think, and it's a good change once in a while. My daughter Jade made this all by herself, and it was really good. I grilled some eggplants, and added it to mine, and that version was delish, too. They didn't like my version though. Kids! ;-)