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Baked Rigatoni

This hearty pasta dish comes from John Barricelli, the manager of our prep kitchen at the television studio. It can be made the day before and reheated.

  • servings: 10

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can (6-ounce) tomato paste
  • 2 cans (28-ounce) unpeeled crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 pound rigatoni
  • 2 pounds sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 1/2 pounds whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion, and cook until onion is translucent, about 4 minutes. Add tomato paste, and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and sugar. Season with 1 tablespoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Cook until slightly reduced, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt. Add rigatoni, and cook, stirring occasionally, 9 minutes. Drain in a colander, and rinse under cool water until cool. Set aside.

  3. Step 3

    In a medium nonstick skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add sausage, and cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon to break up any large pieces, until browned and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Drain, and set aside.

  4. Step 4

    In a medium bowl, combine ricotta with half of the mozzarella. Stir to combine. Season with a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper.

  5. Step 5

    To assemble, spread 1 cup of the sauce in the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Add half of the rigatoni in an even layer. Spread with 1/2 cup sauce, ricotta mixture, sausage, and 1 cup more sauce. Top with remaining rigatoni, and 1 1/2 cups sauce. Any remaining sauce may be reheated and served on the side or reserved for another use. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella over the top to cover. Place baking dish on a baking sheet, and transfer to oven. Bake until bubbly, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve hot.

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Reviews (5)

  • yekcal 5 Oct, 2013

    This recipe was easy to make. I added a bunch of Italian seasonings (basil, oregano, parsley, thyme, rosemary) along with some brown sugar. It made waaaaay more than one 9x13 pan and created quite the mess while I was trying to figure out what size pan to add to it. I ended up with a 8 inch square pan in addition to the listed pan. It smells fabulous!

  • Diane Claude 17 May, 2013

    Tomato paste, canned tomatoes, ricotta, mozzarella and sausage are all LOADED with sodium. To add another tablespoon of salt to this, well, is just asking for trouble. If you have high blood pressure, AVOID this recipe. If you don't want to GET high blood pressure, leave out the tablespoon of salt.

  • BreeLeeD 26 Dec, 2008

    I've been making this dish for years and it's a family favorite! I like to add one pound of spinach, which I mix into the ricotta mixture. Sometimes, instead of using sweet Italian sausage, I use spinach chicken sausage from Trader Joe's. It's a little time-consuming to make this, but it's worth it!

  • BreeLeeD 26 Dec, 2008

    I've been making this dish for years and it's a family favorite! I like to add one pound of spinach, which I mix into the ricotta mixture. Sometimes, instead of using sweet Italian sausage, I use spinach chicken sausage from Trader Joe's. It's a little time-consuming to make this, but it's worth it!

  • BreeLeeD 26 Dec, 2008

    I've been making this dish for years and it's a family favorite! I like to add one pound of spinach, which I mix into the ricotta mixture. Sometimes, instead of using sweet Italian sausage, I use spinach chicken sausage from Trader Joe's. It's a little time-consuming to make this, but it's worth it!