Standby Rigatoni With Extra Zaps

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr

I have been making this for years as a standby meal. (hence the name) When DH and I started out with college loans and new house bills we were tight on budget so I had to come up with nourishing and tasty meals. The extra zaps are what you add to it. I make it different almost everytime. The basic recipe is inexpensive, goes a long way and freezes great. This is an extremely versatile recipe and can be made to your taste. I do use garlic and herbs in my sauce so I do not need to add more in. You may if store bought sauce. Feel free to have some fun.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. cook pasta til al dente.
  2. put into 9x13 casserole dish.
  3. pour sauce over top, add diced onions and blend.
  4. ****at this point you can add in any of the above or what ever you choose.
  5. I have used chopped cooked chicken, sausage, broccoli, peas, green beans, spinach,etc. the list goes on.
  6. This adds filler and gets those veggies in or leftover meat in that you can use up.
  7. Alone it is very good as well.
  8. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes, put shredded mozzarella) (or cheese of choice) return to oven for 5 minutes or until cheese melts.
  9. Serve.
  10. Cooking time includes boiling pasta.


Most Helpful

This is a tasty meal! I used all of the optional ingredients plus added some fresh parmesan cheese! Very good. Made for ZWT7 for the Vivacious Violets.

Lainey6605 June 04, 2011

I loved this dish Connie. It was incredible, we couldn't wait to have it again the next day. I didn't add much to it, just used what I had on hand, ground venison & lean ground beef, sliced pepperoni, sweet onions, pasta, cheese and a spicy & hot red pepper tomatoe sauce. Delish, will definitely make again. Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe. Made for Aussie Swap 01/10 :)

Baby Kato January 25, 2010

This was a great put-together meal for me to make ahead on the days I work long hours. My x-tra zaps as you put it were: hamburg, pepperoni slices, ham, grated parmesan cheese, shredded pepperjack cheese, and shredded cheddar. I felt I could add whatever, kind of like a pizza. Served with garlic bread. Thanks Connie~5 stars!!

CoffeeB February 28, 2008

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