Baked Rigatoni with Meat Sauce

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 48m
Ready In

"This is a quick and easy recipe that is perfect for a crowd, as it doubles and triples easily. It is comfort food at its best. Even picky eaters will come back for seconds!!! From the book Pasta by Food & Wine. COOKING TIME INCLUDES 70 MINUTES OF SIMMER & BAKE TIME!"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (615.7 g)
  • Calories 977.5
  • Total Fat - 45.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 19.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 153.9 mg
  • Sodium - 1568.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 85.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 14.1 g
  • Sugars - 9.3 g
  • Protein - 57.3 g
  • Calcium - 687.1 mg
  • Iron - 5.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 41.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a medium frying pan, heat the oil and butter over low heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic, parsley and basil and cook until very soft, about 20 minutes.

Step 2

Raise the heat to moderate, add the ground beef, fennel seed, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until the meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

Step 3

Add the wine and cook until almost evaporated, about 5 minutes.

Step 4

Add the tomatoes with their juice and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.

Step 5

Stir in the parmesan.

Step 6

Heat the oven to 350F.

Step 7

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the rigatoni until almost done, about 12 minutes. Drain.

Step 8

Lightly oil a 3 quart oval baking dish. Toss the pasta with the meat sauce and put half of it in the baking dish. Top with half the mozzarella. Repeat with remaining pasta and mozzarella.

Step 9

Bake until the pasta is piping hot, about 20 minutes.


No special items needed.

1 Reviews


We loved this for our dinner last night. It seems to have a lot of steps but it is worth it. The flavors all blend together so well.


review by:
(12 Oct 2022)

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