Baked Rigatoni & Meatballs

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"Good recipe from Canadian Living magazine (Jan 1996). Sometimes I cheat and use frozen meatballs to save time."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (807 g)
  • Calories 824.4
  • Total Fat - 42.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 14.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 255 mg
  • Sodium - 3264.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 45.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.2 g
  • Sugars - 17.6 g
  • Protein - 67.7 g
  • Calcium - 639.8 mg
  • Iron - 6.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 62.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Meatballs: In bowl, beat egg lightly; mix in onion, crumbs, garlic, Parmesan, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix in turkey.

Step 2

Shape heaping tablespoonfuls into balls.

Step 3

In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook meatballs, in batches if necessary, for 8-10 minutes or until browned on all sides. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate.

Step 4

Add onion, garlic, mushrooms, green pepper, basil, sugar, oregano, salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons water to skillet; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until vegetables are softened.

Step 5

Stir in tomatoes and tomato paste; bring to boil.

Step 6

Add meatballs; reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Step 7

Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling salted water, cook rigatoni for about 8 minutes or until pasta is tender but firm.

Step 8

Drain and return to pot; add tomato sauce, stirring to coat rigatoni.

Step 9

Transfer to 11x7-inch baking dish or 8-cup shallow oven casserole.

Step 10

Sprinkle mozzarella (use part-skim mozzarella), then Parmesan evenly over top.

Step 11

Bake in 400F oven for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and top is golden.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Great pasta during the cooler months. We enjoyed this several times so far. It's a keeper!

(31 Mar 2021)


This made a great dinner for us last night. We used low fat beef. We baked ours a little too long so the top was overdone but it was delicious over all.

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(21 Oct 2020)


Other than doing a little chopping and slicing this was pretty easy and quick. This is so good! After I served it there was silence at the table. They were too busy shoveling it down, until I asked if anyone wanted seconds!

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(26 Aug 2020)


I loved this dish I also used beef for the meatballs and would recommend it anytime. Thanks for sharing!

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(18 Jun 2020)


Loved this stuff! Seasonings were perfect for us. Full of flavor! I used beef instead of turkey for the meatballs. Perfect texture and tender too. A delicious meal all the way around!

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(7 Nov 2019)


Awesome recipe Lazy. 5 Stars all day long. Wow, was this good. Quick and easy to make with excellent results. The meatballs were so tender prepared this way, I'll be making this again often. Both the dh and I loved it... we both looked for more, when it was all gone. Thanks so much for sharing. Made FYC tag game.

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(16 Mar 2018)