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Italian Rigatoni Bake

Italian Rigatoni Bake

Are you craving Italian food? Then you’ll love this Italian Rigatoni bake recipe, which is basically pasta tossed in a flavorful meat sauce, then topped with plenty of cheese.

Have you ever been fascinated by Italian food? Well, it wouldn’t be weird at all. Because when it comes to pasta, recipes with an Italian twist are always the best. This Italian Rigatoni Bake will be everything you were waiting for!

Italian Rigatoni Bake

In this recipe, Italian sausage and a blend of deli meats are tossed with a homemade pasta sauce and rigatoni for a simple yet satisfying pasta dish! It is a filling meal that comes together rather quickly and can be adapted to suit any taste!

Why is this Italian Rigatoni Bake recipe so delicious?

This recipe can be as exquisite as a dish prepared directly in a five-star restaurant. However, you’ll be the one preparing it!

This is a classic recipe, easy to prepare. And everyone who tries it will definitely love it. So do not miss the opportunity to prepare it because your family and friends will love it!

This is a super easy dinner option that’s great for feeding a crowd!

Tips to Make the Italian Rigatoni Bake

Tip 1. If you are using frozen meat, before adding it to the pan, allow it to defrost completely. If necessary, separate it with the help of a fork.

Tip 2. Make sure the tomato is not too acid when you use it. In that case, you can add a tablespoon of sugar to even out the flavor.

Tip 3. Do not overcook the pasta or it could get softer than desired. 

Tip 4. Allow the cheese to brown properly in the oven. 

Tip 5. Always grease the tray because otherwise, it could stick.

Ingredients:

1 lb Ground Beef

1 lb Ground Italian “Mild” Sausage

1 Large Onion (Chopped)

1 28oz Can Petite Tomatoes with Juice

1 8 oz Can Tomato Sauce

1 tbsp Garlic (Minced)

1 16oz Box Rigatoni Pasta

1 15oz Ricotta Cheese

1 Egg

12 oz Mozzarella Cheese (Shredded)

1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese (Grated)

2 tbsp Olive Oil

3 tsp Italian Seasoning

Pinch Red Pepper Flakes

Salt and Pepper (To taste)

Dried Basil

How to make Italian Rigatoni Bake:

Step 1: Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil, along with the onions. Fry until tender and a little golden.

Step 2: Add the ground beef along with the sausage, and cook until golden brown.

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Step 3: Remove the meat from the pan and add the garlic, the tomatoes in the juice can, and the tomato sauce to it. Stir very well.

Step 4: Add 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning, a pinch of salt and pepper. Once they are properly combined, reserve a cup and let cool.

Step 5: For the remaining sauce, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Cook pasta in a separate pot with boiling water until soft.

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Step 6: In a separate bowl, mix the ricotta cheese with an egg, mozzarella cheese, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese.

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Step 7: Once the pasta is done, add the cheese mixture and stir. Then pour in the previously reserved sauce and stir until well combined.

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Step 8: Grease a 10×13 dish with cooking spray and pour half of the pasta over it. Cover with the meat mixture and then the cheese. Repeat another layer of pasta and then another of meat and repeat until finished with the ingredients.

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Step 9: Bake at 350°F/175°C for 45 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.

Step 13: Add the remaining mozzarella cheese on the top and sprinkle with dried basil.

Step 14: Bake for 45 minutes or until cheese is browning and casserole is bubbly.

Enjoy!

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Italian Rigatoni Bake

Italian Rigatoni Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 lb Ground Italian “Mild” Sausage
  • 1 Large Onion (Chopped)
  • 1 28oz Can Petite Tomatoes with Juice
  • 1 8 oz Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Garlic (Minced)
  • 1 16oz Box Rigatoni Pasta
  • 1 15oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • 12 oz Mozzarella Cheese (Shredded)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese (Grated)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • Pinch Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt and Pepper (To taste)
  • Dried Basil

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil, along with the onions. Fry until tender and a little golden.
  2. Add the ground beef along with the sausage, and cook until golden brown.
  3. Remove the meat from the pan and add the garlic, the tomatoes in the juice can, and the tomato sauce to it. Stir very well.
  4. Add 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning, a pinch of salt and pepper. Once they are properly combined, reserve a cup and let them cool.
  5. For the remaining sauce, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Cook pasta in a separate pot with boiling water until soft.
  6. In a separate bowl, mix the ricotta cheese with an egg, mozzarella cheese, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese.
  7. Once the pasta is done, add the cheese mixture and stir. Then pour in the previously reserved sauce and stir until well combined.
  8. Grease a 10x13 dish with cooking spray and pour half of the pasta over it. Cover with the meat mixture and then the cheese. Repeat another layer of pasta and then another of meat and repeat until finished with the ingredients.
  9. Bake at 350°F/175°C for 45 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.
  10. Enjoy!

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