Easy Baked Rigatoni With Ground Beef and Mushrooms

READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by Kittencalrecipezazz

Store bought pasta sauce makes this dish easy but you may use homemade pasta sauce for this recipe, Classico Tomato and Basil flavor pasta sauce works well for this, the success of this recipe will really depend on which pasta sauce you use, you may increase the sauce amount to taste, zita or penne pasta can be used in place of the rigatoni if desired.

Top Review by Cookie Princess

This was a big hit at my house! It was really easy to make. I added extra sauce and cheese and it was yummy! When hubby says "keep this recipe"...I know I have found a winner.

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Directions

  1. Set oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a medium casserole dish (or a dish large enough to hold the mixture).
  3. In a skillet cook the whole small mushrooms in a little oil or butter until all the moisture has evaporated (about 10 minutes) remove to an extra large bowl.
  4. To the same skillet add in the ground beef with chili flakes, onions, garlic and red bell pepper; cook until beef is no longer pink and the veggies are tender (about 12-15 minutes).
  5. Season with salt and pepper; drain any fat, then add to the bowl with the cooked mushrooms.
  6. To the bowl with the beef and mushrooms, add in all the sauce and 1-1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese (or to taste) toss well to combine.
  7. Add in the cooked pasta and toss again.
  8. Transfer the mixture to a greased casserole dish.
  9. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.
  10. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until the casserole is heated through and bubbly.
  11. Remove from oven and sprinkle about 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese on top.
  12. Return to oven and continue to bake until the cheese has melted (about 5-6 minutes).

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