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Baked Rigatoni

In our family not all of us like traditional holiday foods. During these events, someone always volunteers to bring this easy casserole that is hearty and delicious. We can count on this casserole to please the pickiest of appetites.

Rigatoni is a ridged, tubular noodle that catches the sauce,  It is often used in casserole-type dishes. In addition to ensuring sauce in every bite, it is a great conveyor for cheese, too!  This casserole is flexible enough to use ziti and other pasta shapes if you don't have rigatoni. You can change up the cheeses, too, if you like ricotta instead of mozzarella. The ground beef can be replaced with ground turkey or even shredded chicken. Both make a delicious casserole.

Just add the casserole to your holiday table. Even folks who love turkey and all the fixings will take a scoop of this yummy dish.  Who knows, you might start a new tradition.

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Baked Rigatoni

Baked Rigatoni

Easy casserole that will become a family favorite.
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 45 M


  • 3 c uncooked rigatoni noodles
  • 1 large jar pasta sauce (about 4 1/2 c)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 c grated parmesan cheese


How to cook Baked Rigatoni

  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.
  3. Spray a 9 by 13" pan with cooking spray.
  4. Cook ground beef in a large skillet at medium heat until crumbled and browned through.
  5. Add pasta sauce and 1 cup of the shredded cheese.
  6. Pour into prepared dish.
  7. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses.
  8. Cover with foil and bake 25 minutes. 
  9. Remove foil and bake for 5 more minutes.
  10. Remove from oven, and let rest for 5 minutes.
  11. Serve hot.


Overlapping times, so total cooking time is about 35 minutes.
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  1. Everyone loves baked pasta. I sometimes omit the meat for those who are vegetarians.

  2. It's a great substitute for mac and cheese, right?

  3. I adore baked pasta any time of year, but don't make it often enough. I need to try this one this week.

  4. My kids love pasta and anything with a tomato meatsauce is a big hit! I can't wait to try this!

  5. What a hearty and delicious looking casserole.


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