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 Recipe

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?

5.0 from 26 reviews
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.

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  1. Carol L says

    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

  2. David says

    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.

  3. Rosie says

    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!!

  4. says

    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.

  5. Janet W. says

    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!

  6. says

    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.

  7. 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!!

  8. Carla S says

    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.

  9. Maureen says

    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.

  10. Ruth chu says

    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?

  11. 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.

  12. teri says

    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!

  13. Mother22 says

    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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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!!

    • Angela says

      Absolutely! That’s the beauty of a pasta recipe. It’s easy to put your own twist on it. Please let us know how it turns out.

  16. judy colannino says

    Why are people reviewing this recipe when they haven’t made it yet? Is’nt the whole idea of a review is to speak about the dish????? Has anyone made it and give feedback?

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