Baked Rigatoni for a Crowd


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.

baked rigatoni with vegetables and slice of bread on plate
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
1 9x13-inch casserole


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 pounds mild Italian sausage links, casings removed

  • 2 (28 ounce) cans Italian-style crushed tomatoes, undrained

  • 2 cups water

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 ½ (16 ounce) packages rigatoni pasta

  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded

  • 1 ½ cups freshly shredded Parmesan cheese, divided

  • aluminum foil


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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 (per serving)

580 Calories
26g Fat
54g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 580
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 1326mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 19%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 437mg 34%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 332mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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