This baked rigatoni is a delicious dish for a crowd. It can easily be halved or divided into two pans--one to eat and one to freeze unbaked.


Recipe Summary

1 hr 10 mins
1 hr 35 mins
25 mins
1 9x13-inch casserole


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add sausage; stir to break up lumps and cook until lightly browned and crumbly, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain and discard grease.

  • Add undrained tomatoes, water, basil, oregano, and parsley to the pan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and cook, partially covered, for 25 minutes.

  • While the sauce is cooking, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook rigatoni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain, rinse under cool water, and drain again. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.

  • Uncover the sauce and increase heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat.

  • Add 2/3 of the sauce to the pasta; toss to combine. Stir in mozzarella cheese and 1 cup Parmesan cheese. Transfer to a 9x13-inch baking dish, pour remaining sauce over top, and cover with aluminum foil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining Parmesan, and bake until lightly browned, about 10 minutes longer.

Cook's Notes:

If you like it spicy, use 1 pound mild Italian sausage and 1 pound hot Italian sausage. For a healthier version, use turkey sausage.

If freezing and baking later, increase the baking time by 30 minutes.

If you don't have fresh herbs, use dried instead: 2 teaspoons of dried basil, and 1 teaspoon each of dried oregano and dried parsley.

Nutrition Facts

580 calories; protein 31.7g; carbohydrates 53.6g; fat 26.1g; cholesterol 62.7mg; sodium 1325.7mg. Full Nutrition