Baked Rigatoni with Tomato Sauce & Italian Sausage
My easy baked rigatoni is an incredible comfort food featuring al dente rigatoni pasta, pasta sauce with Italian sausage, and melted cheese! You can't go wrong with this simple rigatoni pasta bake because it's a delicious dinner that the whole family will enjoy! Once you try this cheesy baked rigatoni with Italian sausage, you'll want to make it every week!
After 30 seconds, stir in the reserved pasta water, pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, and Italian seasoning. Mix until combined.
24 oz tomato basil pasta sauce, 14.5 oz petite diced tomatoes, 1 ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
In the now-empty pot, combine your meat sauce, drained pasta, and ¼ cup Parmesan. Stir, then season with salt & pepper to taste.
1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese, ½ cup Parmesan, each, salt & pepper
Pour the pasta mixture into your prepared baking dish. *Try to make sure all of the pasta is covered in sauce or it can dry up while baking.
Sprinkle the 1 ½ cups of mozzarella and the remaining ¼ cup of Parmesan over the top of the sauced pasta. Cover the baking dish with a sheet of foil, arching or 'tenting' it over the top so that it does not stick to the cheese.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, garnish with basil or parsley if desired, and serve.