Baked Rigatoni With Meatballs

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

Good recipe from Southern Living. Sometimes I cheat and use frozen meatballs to save time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Meatballs:
  2. In bowl, beat egg lightly; mix in onion, crumbs, garlic, Parmesan, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix in turkey. Shape heaping tablespoonfuls into balls.
  3. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook meatballs, in batches if necessary, for 8-10 minutes or until browned on all sides. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate.
  4. Add onion, garlic, mushrooms, green pepper, basil, sugar, oregano, salt, pepper and 2 tb water to skillet; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until vegetables are softened. Stir in tomatoes and tomato paste; bring to boil. Add meatballs; reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  5. Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling salted water, cook rigatoni for about 8 minutes or until pasta is tender but firm. Drain and return to pot; add tomato sauce, stirring to coat rigatoni.
  6. Transfer to 11x7-inch baking dish or 8-cup shallow oven casserole. Sprinkle mozzarella (use part-skim mozzarella), then Parmesan evenly over top.
  7. Bake in 400ºF oven for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and top is golden.
Most Helpful

This is great! I made the meatballs earlier in the day and baked them. I love all the vegetables in this dish and the sauce was thick and flavorful. I really think this is a pretty simple dish if you plan ahead! I think it might be nice to cut the meatballs in half to make it easier to eat unless you make the meatballs smaller than I did. Thanks for sharing!

Lainey6605 November 06, 2008

Smelled great cooking and I thought this was good, though I figured it would never be a favorite; family thought it was just okay. I probably would have given this 4 stars but it ended up being really time consuming (took more than twice as long as the listed time) and made a fairly large mess. It was a good dinner for tonight, but I probably won't make it again. Sorry.

littleturtle November 13, 2006

I fixed this last night for company. Easy and quick to get together at the last minute if you are prepared ahead of time. For example, I had the meatballs all ready the night before so that I just through it together quickly last night. Thanks for posting a very tasty dish.

Mysterygirl October 10, 2006