Rigatoni pasta coated in marinara sauce, topped with cheese, and baked in a ramekin

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

Baked Rigatoni

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 Mueller's® 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.


2 Reviews

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November 22, 2018

This is off a very old Muellers Rigatoni box from the 1970s. I made it exactly as you did back then. Still do. A family favorite for years!

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Tammy Mada

August 31, 2018

Leave the ricotta and milk out! The original recipe on the Muller box called for Italian sausage, onions, garlic, spaghetti sauce, salt, and mozzarella cheese, THAT’S IT! Turns out amazing everytime!

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