Spicy, Saucy Rigatoni Bake

Prepare this flavourful sausage and cheese pasta bake whn feeding a crowd.



1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
2 onions, sliced
1 sweet red peppers, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp (2 mL) fennel seeds, crushed
1 lb (454 g) hot Italian sausages
2 jars (700 ml) tomato-basil pasta sauce
1 tbsp (15 mL) wine vinegar
5 cups (1.25 L) rigatoni pasta
2 cups (500 mL) mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 cup (50 mL) Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped fresh parsley


Preheat oven to 400°C (200°C).

In Dutch oven or large heavy skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook onions, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add red pepper, garlic and fennel seeds; reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes or until onions are very soft and golden. Transfer to bowl.

Cut sausage into 1-inch (2.5 cm) chunks; add to pan and brown well on all sides, about 8 minutes. Drain off fat. Stir in pasta sauce and vinegar. Return vegetable mixture to pan; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta for about 8 minutes or until tender but firm. Drain, reserving 1 cup (250 mL) of the cooking water. Return pasta to pot; add sauce and reserved cooking water.

Combine mozzarella and Parmesan cheese; set 1 cup (250 mL) aside. Stir remaining cheese into pasta mixture. Pour into 13- x 9-inch (3 L) glass baking dish, pressing pasta to submerge. Sprinkle with reserved cheese and parsley.

Bake, covered, in oven for 30 to 45 minutes; uncover and continue for another 15 minutes or until golden.

(Make ahead: Let cool in refrigerator; cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Or overwrap with heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks; thaw in refrigerator for 48 hours.)

Servings: 8

Nutritional Info

approx. per serving

  • cal67
  • pro2 g
  • total fat1 g
  • sat. fat1 g
  • carb13 g
  • fibre2 g
  • chol6 mg
  • sodium260 mg
  • %RDI
  • calcium6%
  • iron5%
  • vit A42%
  • vit C60%
  • folate16%

Source: www.canadianliving.com