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Pork Rigatoni Bake recipe

Pork Rigatoni Bake

A simple weeknight meal that’s ready in minutes, but looks sophisticated. Ground Italian sausage is mixed with sauce, tossed with rigatoni noodles and Parmesan cheese, then baked with more Parmesan on top.

Pork Rigatoni Bake - a simple weeknight meal that is ready in minutes, but looks sophisticated. Ground italian sausage is mixed with sauce, tossed with rigatoni noodles and parmesan cheese, then baked with more parmesan on top. This one is sure to please the entire family!

This is the kind of pasta that will have people standing up and taking notice.  This may look like the same ole same ole beef rigatoni…but appearances can be deceiving. Biting into this dish, you are hit with the savory spice of Italian Sausage and the saltiness of Parmesan cheese. And then there is the melting Monterey Jack….there are no words. Pasta night may never be the same again.

Pork Rigatoni Bake - a simple weeknight meal that is ready in minutes, but looks sophisticated. Ground italian sausage is mixed with sauce, tossed with rigatoni noodles and parmesan cheese, then baked with more parmesan on top. This one is sure to please the entire family!

Brown the pork sausage until no pink remains. Drain the fat if needed.

Pork Rigatoni Bake - a simple weeknight meal that is ready in minutes, but looks sophisticated. Ground italian sausage is mixed with sauce, tossed with rigatoni noodles and parmesan cheese, then baked with more parmesan on top. This one is sure to please the entire family!

To the skillet, add the jar of spaghetti sauce, chopped basil, 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese and all the  monterey jack cheese. Stir until all that incredible, delicious cheese is melted. Restrain yourself from tasting even though it looks and smells so good…that melted cheese will surely burn your mouth!

Pork Rigatoni Bake - a simple weeknight meal that is ready in minutes, but looks sophisticated. Ground italian sausage is mixed with sauce, tossed with rigatoni noodles and parmesan cheese, then baked with more parmesan on top. This one is sure to please the entire family!

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Pork Rigatoni Bake - a simple weeknight meal that is ready in minutes, but looks sophisticated. Ground italian sausage is mixed with sauce, tossed with rigatoni noodles and parmesan cheese, then baked with more parmesan on top. This one is sure to please the entire family!

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Pork Rigatoni Bake - a simple weeknight meal that is ready in minutes, but looks sophisticated. Ground italian sausage is mixed with sauce, tossed with rigatoni noodles and parmesan cheese, then baked with more parmesan on top. This one is sure to please the entire family!

Pour the cooked rigatoni pasta on top of the sauce mixture…and just gaze at it’s golden beauty for a moment.

Then using a spoon, carefully stir the rigatoni into the sauce, making sure every piece of pasta is coated, and the sauce and meat get in all the “nooks and crannies”!

Pork Rigatoni Bake - a simple weeknight meal that is ready in minutes, but looks sophisticated. Ground italian sausage is mixed with sauce, tossed with rigatoni noodles and parmesan cheese, then baked with more parmesan on top. This one is sure to please the entire family!

Now it is time to pour the rigatoni mixture into the baking pan.   For this recipe, I like to use a spring form pan because it looks pretty when it is done and it is super easy to get out of pan.

Pork Rigatoni Bake - a simple weeknight meal that is ready in minutes, but looks sophisticated. Ground italian sausage is mixed with sauce, tossed with rigatoni noodles and parmesan cheese, then baked with more parmesan on top. This one is sure to please the entire family!
Pork Rigatoni Bake - a simple weeknight meal that is ready in minutes, but looks sophisticated. Ground italian sausage is mixed with sauce, tossed with rigatoni noodles and parmesan cheese, then baked with more parmesan on top. This one is sure to please the entire family!
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Pork Rigatoni Bake

A simple weeknight meal that's ready in minutes, but looks sophisticated. Ground Italian sausage is mixed with sauce, tossed with rigatoni noodles and Parmesan cheese, then baked with more Parmesan on top.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 417kcal

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 pound Italian Sausage, ground
  • 3 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 8 ounces rigatoni pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 tbsp chopped basil
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, optional for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a casserole dish or spring form pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Cook the rigatoni according to package directions, drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, heat the vegetable oil until hot but not smoking. Add the sausage and brown  until no pink remains. Drain fat if needed. Add spaghetti sauce, chopped basil, 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese and all the monterey jack cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted
  • Pour the cooked rigatoni pasta on top of the sauce mixture. Using a spoon, carefully stir the rigatoni into the sauce, making sure every piece of pasta is coated,
  • Pour the rigatoni mixture into the prepared baking pan. Top with the remaining 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly and has formed a light crust on top. Remove the pan from the oven. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • If using a springform pan, release the spring and lift off the outer circle. Leave the Rigatoni bake on the bottom portion of the pan. Garnish with parmesan shavings and serve hot!

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Nutrition Facts
Pork Rigatoni Bake
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 417 Calories from Fat 232
% Daily Value*
Fat 25.74g40%
Saturated Fat 11.4g71%
Cholesterol 59.75mg20%
Sodium 1128.88mg49%
Potassium 528.22mg15%
Carbohydrates 27.02g9%
Fiber 2.29g10%
Sugar 4.81g5%
Protein 19.46g39%
Vitamin A 584IU12%
Vitamin C 7.57mg9%
Calcium 221.76mg22%
Iron 2.14mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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