No-Foolin-Beef-and-Cheese-Rigatoni-1-1500x850 Baked Rigatoni
No-Foolin-Beef-and-Cheese-Rigatoni-1-1500x850 Baked Rigatoni

Baked Rigatoni

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November 8, 2016

Baked Rigatoni satisfies lasagna cravings without all the hassle. Try this dish for a simple take on a traditional dish with all the same flavors.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings


8 ounces Golden Grain® Rigatoni

1/2 pound lean ground beef

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 (15-1/2 ounce) jar meatless spaghetti sauce

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese

1/2 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


1Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8x8-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

2Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.

3Meanwhile, cook ground beef, onion, and garlic in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 4 minutes, or until meat is lightly browned. Stir in spaghetti sauce and pepper. Reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes or until meat is cooked through.

4In a large bowl, combine ricotta cheese, milk and salt. Add rigatoni to cheese mixture and toss to coat.

5Spoon half the rigatoni mixture into baking dish. Sprinkle 1/2 cup mozzarella on top, then add 1 cup meat sauce mixture. Repeat layers with remaining pasta, cheese, and sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

6Bake 20 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Cook’s Tip

Serve with a green salad and warm bread for a complete meal.


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