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Italian Sausage Rigatoni Bake

This casserole combines all of our favorite Italian flavors, but the fresh mozzarella really sets it apart! —Blair Lonergan, Rochelle, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 casseroles (4 servings each)

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) rigatoni
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 5 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 1 pound sliced part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. Cook rigatoni according to package directions; drain.
  • In a large skillet, cook sausage, mushrooms and pepper over medium-high heat until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, breaking up sausage into crumbles, 8-10 minutes; drain. Stir in marinara sauce, Parmesan cheese and cream. Add rigatoni and toss to coat.
  • In each of 2 greased 8-in. square baking dishes, layer one-fourth of the rigatoni mixture and one-fourth of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Bake, uncovered, until heated through and cheese is melted, 25-35 minutes. (Cover loosely with foil if tops brown too quickly.)
    Freeze option: Cool unbaked casseroles; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 375°. Bake casseroles as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 535 calories, 26g fat (11g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 774mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 29g protein.

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