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Baked Rigatoni

Baked Rigatoni with sausage, ricotta cheese, fresh basil and mozzarella.

Course Dinner
Keyword baked ziti with sausage, italian, pasta, rigatoni
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 357 kcal


  • 16 oz mild italian sausage
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jar tomato sauce (28 oz)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14 oz)
  • ¾ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups water
  • 12 oz rigatoni or penne (about 3 ¾ cups)
  • 6 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 2 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 6 oz whole milk mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 oz parmesan cheese (1 cup)
  • 8 oz whole milk ricotta cheese ( 1 cup)


  1. In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, cook the sausage, with casings removed, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  2. Add the tomato sauce, diced tomato (with the juice), oregano, salt, sugar, and pepper flakes. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

  3. Stir in the water, pasta, ¼ cup basil, and increase the heat to high, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer vigorously, stirring often, until the pasta is still very firm but starting to soften, 6 to 8 minutes. In the meantime, adjust the oven rack 8 inches from the broiler element and heat the broiler.

  4. Remove the pasta from the heat and stir in the spinach, ¾ cup mozzarella, and ½ cup of Parmesan. Place dollops of ricotta cheese over the top surface of the pasta evenly, then top with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.

  5. Broil the ziti until the cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the dish cool for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons of basil and serve.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Bless This Mess Please

Nutrition Facts
Baked Rigatoni
Amount Per Serving
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 598mg26%
Potassium 259mg7%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 18g36%
Calcium 152mg15%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Vitamin A 820IU16%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.