Pasta night just got even better! Sausage and Ricotta Baked Rigatoni is a dinner everybody will love!
Have I mentioned how much I love pasta? I love this Spaghetti Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino, Vegetarian Lasagna Rollups, and this Rigatoni in Spicy Rose Sauce. Oh, and Chicken and Broccoli Mac and Cheese… that one is a classic.
I’m pretty sure pasta is the one thing I could eat everyday if I had to. Add in a good roll or breadstick and I’m sold.
And wine never hurts either.
Yes to wine.
Well my pasta obsession is growing even more with this Sausage and Ricotta Baked Rigatoni.
This dish is great because it is enough to be a meal on it’s own but is still really easy to jazz up with a side!
This casserole is loaded with spicy Italian sausage, ricotta cheese, Parmesan, tomato sauce, and provolone. To me that just sounds amazing.
Then baking it away gives you time to clean up the kitchen so that when dinner is done you don’t have to worry about a mass of dishes waiting for you! And with winter knocking on our door, nothing beats a good casserole or pasta dish to warm everyone up.
- Cooking spray
- 1 box rigatoni noodles
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 package hot Italian sausage (about 1 lb) casings removed
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 (15oz) container ricotta cheese
- 1 cup shredded, or grated, parmesan cheese
- 1 tbs dried parsley
- 2 tsp dried basil
- 1 (24oz) jar marinara sauce
- 6 slices provolone cheese
- Preheat oven to 375F. Grease a 9x13" baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add in rigatoni noodles and salt. Cook noodles for 6 to 7 minutes. Drain and set aside. (Note: Noodles will still be crunchy in center)
- While the water boils and the noodles cook, heat a medium to large skillet over medium heat. Pour in olive oil and allow to warm. Once heated, add sausage to the pan and allow to cook for 3 minutes, breaking up sausage with a spoon as it cooks. After 3 minutes, add diced onion to the skillet and continue to cook sausage, breaking it up with the spoon, until the sausage is fully cooked (about another 5 minutes). Once the sausage and onions have cooked, drain off any excess fat and set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine ricotta, parmesan, parsley and dried basil. Stir to combine and set aside.
- In a large pot (preferably the one you cooked your pasta in) re-add cooked noodles, sausage, and marinara sauce. Stir to combine. Pour half of noodle mixture into prepared baking dish. Dot with half of the ricotta mixture. Pour on remaining noodles and top with remaining ricotta. Place provolone cheese slices on top.
- Place the prepared rigatoni in the oven to cook for 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
Complete pasta night with these sides!