Baked Rigatoni With Meat Sauce

Recipe by Melba Sundevil

This is a favorite in my kitchen. It's a perfect Sunday meal. This sauce isn't your typical tomato saucy meat rigatoni. Please enjoy,it's special enough for Christmas eve dinner too!

Top Review by adrianea

I tried this recipe last week because my younger child loves baked rigatoni.
I made some changes to the recipe. I did not use celery. Just with the tomato I found the recipe
not red enough, so today I will be making this recipe again adding some tomato sauce.
This recipe is a keeper and I love wine in my cooking.
I hope this helps

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large pan heat oil& butter over low heat.
  2. Add onion, carrot, celery, garlic, parsley, basil and cook until very soft, about 20 minutes.
  3. Raise heat to moderate, add ground beef, fennel seed, salt and black pepper, cook until no longer pink.
  4. Add wine and cook until almost evaporated, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes with juices and simmer covered for 30 minutes.
  6. Stir in parmesan and continue to cook.
  7. Preheat oven to 350, and lightly grease 3 quart baking dish.
  8. In a large pot of boiling water cook rigatoni until almost al dente, about 12 minutes.
  9. Drain, toss pasta with meat sauce.
  10. Put 1/2 of the mixture in dish, sprinkle with 1/2 the mozzarella, cover with remaining pasta mixture, and top with remaining cheese.
  11. Bake until pasta is hot, about 20 minutes.

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a