Friday, November 21, 2008

Rigatoni Noodles Lasagna Style!

I bought a package of Rigatoni noodles from Target last week and thought they'd be perfect in a baked pasta dish. I layered the noodles with pasta sauce, cheese and meat almost like a Lasagna. It was great and I think the Ricotta Cheese is what made it SO yummy! :)


1 lb Rigatoni noodles
1 lb ground beef
1 jar marinara sauce
2 c ricotta cheese
4 c grated mozzarella cheese, reserve 1 cup, for topping
½ c grated Parmesan


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

3. Meanwhile, cook beef in a hot skillet over medium heat until golden brown on all sides. Remove from heat.

4. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and mix well. Spoon 1/2 cup of Marinara sauce in the bottom of a 4-quart casserole dish. Top with half of the cooked ziti. Top with half of the meat and half cheese mixture. Top with 1 cup of Marinara sauce.

5. Repeat layer, ending with Marinara sauce. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese over top. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 more minutes, until cheese is golden and bubbly.

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