Rigatoni Pasta Bake

Family meal time is so special to me. It’s a chance for us all to catch up, discuss current events, and of course enjoy some good food. I love making baked pasta dishes with tomato and meat sauce, and this Rigatoni Pasta Bake is one of my favorites. This recipe will feed a hungry crowd, and is also great for leftovers. I know my family really likes it too, if the clean plates are any indication. It sure makes washing the dishes a lot easier when there is a stack of clean plates in the sink.

Rigatoni Pasta Bake Recipe

The key to a good pasta dish is the sauce, and the key to a good sauce is the tomatoes.

I think my family would agree.


Rigatoni Pasta Bake

I love how this recipe will feed my large family and still yield a few leftovers. It’s also very simple to prepare. I admit that on occasion I use already prepared sauce, but it’s so simple to make this sauce and it truly does taste a lot better. Are you ready for this clean plate recipe?

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Rigatoni Pasta Bake
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 8 - 10
  • 12 ounces Rigatoni pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 2 (15 ounce cans) Contadina Tomato Sauce
  • 28 ounce can Contadina Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1½ tablespoon Contadina Tomato Paste
  • 1½ cups Mozarella cheese
  • ½ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions, until al dente.
  2. In a large saucepan, brown ground beef and sausage until crumbly and cooked through. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. Stir in garlic powder, Italian seasoning, sugar, salt and pepper. Allow to simmer 3 - 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to combine. Gently stir pasta into sauce.
  3. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Add half the pasta and sauce mixture to the baking dish. Sprinkle half the Mozzarella and Parmesan over the pasta. Repeat with a second layer.
  4. Bake in preheated 325 oven, covered with foil, for 20-25 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 - 20 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

  Rigatoni Pasta Bake Recipe

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  1. That is some plain delicious comfort food right there!

  2. I make something similar to this and we have it quite often. It’s one of family’s favorite dinners!

  3. Michelle F. says:

    that looks really good.

  4. That sounds amazing! I love pasta bakes, they are seriously one of my favorite foods.

  5. Now that’s my kind of dish, yum!

  6. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:

    easy and looks DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for sharing, i will have to try this

  7. Yum, yum, yum! I could eat pasta every day!

  8. Yummy! One of my favorite pasta dishes.

  9. I made a lot of Pasta dishes when my 7 were at home and they too loved them. Now it’s only my youngest daughter home with me and she’s another Pasta lover. I love this recipe and like making dishes with left overs. Makes cooking every day so much easier. :)
    Carol L

  10. your recipe looks scrumptious! Thank you for sharing!

  11. You just made me crazy hungry and it’s not even 10 a.m.!! I couldtotally make this and my kids would go crazy for it. That is a pinnable recipe for sure. Thanks!

  12. looks amaaaaaaazing…do you deliver?

  13. That is a great dish, I have made it many times for my family using the same ingredients!

  14. I have always preferred pasta more when it is baked in a casserole as opposed to being put on a plate with sauce slathered on top.

  15. This looks so yummy! My littles love pasta and I am always looking for new dishes to try. Thanks for sharing!

  16. What a great recipe – a great idea for a cold night like tonight!

  17. There’s something so special about baking the pasta. When I was a teen, I used to babysit a family whose mom would make baked pasta. She made the mistake of saying I could help myself to anything I wanted. One taste of that baked pasta, and I couldn’t help gobbling it up. They never said anything about how I ate a whole casserole. I could that now with this recipe – it looks amazing. I never bother to do that extra step and bake it, but I’m going to next time, and that will be asap, with this recipe!!

  18. I just love this recipe. That picture of Rigatoni pasta bake is looking very delicious and I just can’t hold myself to get hungry of this recipe. All the recipe instructions I’ll definitely follow to make out such pasta tonight in my home. Thanks for this awesome recipe.

  19. That recipe looks amazing!!

  20. Holy moly this looks delicious. I want to buy some noodles and make this!!

  21. Im always looking for easy dishes and this one looks great! I think my family would really like this!

  22. Mmm, I love pasta, this looks good!

  23. Now *that* looks delicious! I saw your clean plate pictures on Instagram. I’m going to try your recipe!

  24. Oh, this just looks mouthwatering delicious! My family would love it!

  25. Oh my word – super yummy recipe and now, I am starving for some serious comfort food!

  26. Wow, this Rigatoni Pasta Bake could last my family half a week! It looks so delicious that I have to try it.

  27. I agree with you on the sauce. It’s the make or break, and you can always count on Contadina!

  28. kfloveinme says:

    I am drooling on my computer screen! THis looks soooo yummy! I must attempt to make it this weekend!

  29. Yum! This pasta bake looks wonderful!

  30. Yum! That looks so good! I agree that a good quality sauce makes a big difference. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  31. This looks delicious…the perfect family meal!

  32. Yum, that really looks amazing! Thanks for sharing your recipe

  33. Your pasta bake looks delicious! I love one dish bakes in the oven. They save so much energy prepping dinner on long work days.

  34. OMG OMG I HAVE TO have some of this right now!! I am SO making this soon!

  35. I love rigatoni! I’ll be trying this real soon!

  36. That looks amazing! I need some right now! LOL

  37. I haven’t had this type of pasta in a long time but it looks delicious.

  38. I like the cheeses you used in this recipe. All of the ingredients sound tasty and the dish looks delicious! This might be a new family favorite for us!

  39. This looks so good! I’m trying it this weekend!

  40. I just tried that brands tomato sauce and it’s so yummy so I can imagine that this recipe will taste great. Pinning for later use ;)

  41. This dish looks like a bunch of cheesy deliciousness! My family would go crazy for this.

  42. judy gardner says:

    this looks so good! we all like pasta around here and this would be a nice hearty meal for the cold days ahead!

  43. two friends had babies recently, i am going to make this for them for a dinner!! Thank you!

  44. This looks like delicius, “I’ve been working in the cold” type of food. I am going to find a way to substitute some of the dairy and have at it.

  45. Debbie Welchert says:

    This sounds and looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it for my grandchildren.

  46. Darcey Valerio says:

    This looks amazing!! Can’t wait to make it tonight!! But I do have a question, the ingredients don’t say how much sugar…so I’m interested!! Thanks!!

  47. That looks so good. I wish that was for dinner tonight.

  48. My mouth is watering just looking at this! My family and I are crazy about pasta, so we would definitely love this.

  49. This looks so good.You make your italian food with lots of cheese like I do.I’m going to make this soon.I know my son would love this.

  50. This looks so good! I love finding new pasta and casserole recipes, and this one is both – can’t beat that.

  51. amy deeter says:

    this looks amazing.i am definatly gonna have to try this out.thanks for sharing

  52. Sugar is not listed in the ingredient list…how much do I use???

  53. Oh yum! Such cheesy saucy deliciousness!!!

  54. This looks like a meal I can get behind.
    My husband is half Italian and well I am not.
    I have been wanting to make a meal for him that is one that he will enjoy and remember it as if it is from his childhood. This might just do it. Thank you very much.

  55. That looks so delish!!!

  56. Looks yummy and delicious! I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to try.

  57. This dish looks delish and easy to make….it is definitely something i will try very soon. But if i use ragu would it taste much different?

  58. Katherine Blankenship says:

    I think I know what I’m making for dinner tomorrow!!

  59. Jessica Fortner says:

    That looks absolutely amazing! I love comfort foods like these this time of year.

  60. I’ve never made Rigatoni but now I will give it a shot. I pinned this recipe.

  61. I have made this just a little different but its so good, its even better if you have a lot of cheese

  62. Carolann Leibenguth says:

    My family will love this, think I will make it Monday. We are expecting more snow and this looks like the perfect meal to cozy up with.

  63. Lisa Brown says:

    i sure love a good pasta bale, love this recipe.

  64. Tracy Jones says:

    This looks so good. My family members are big pasta eaters, so this is something I will have to make them.

  65. This sounds wonderful, but 1/2 of what size of parmesan cheese? I’m thinking a half cup, but …? I can’t wait to try it!

  66. If i wanted to use a prepared spaghetti sauce, how much would I use?

  67. This is an amazing recipe and the sauce is to die for! Not to mention that it is SUPER easy! I will be making this again and again. Thank you.

  68. I made this recipe this evening and it was so good! Have lots left over for the next few days.

  69. Awesome! Baked pasta is a favorite at my house.

  70. MCHELLEC25 says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was DELICIOUS!!! Followed the instructions to the T. Not bad for the first time making Rigatoni!

  71. alison gibb says:

    This dish looks so good. I wish I had all of the ingrediants in my house right now! I will be shopping tomorrow!!

  72. Evelyn Russell says:

    Sounds delish! I would add pepperoni and definitely more cheese,

  73. Brenda Bolar says:

    I tried this Rigatoni Pasta Bake and it is AWESOME!!!!

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