Cook beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned; stir to crumble. Drain well. Combine beef, rigatoni, Tomato Sauce, and 1 cup mozzarella in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with 1/2 cup mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
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This recipe is good for a weeknight family dinner. It is nothing special. I would recommend making your own sauce instead of using a jar sauce if you can. It is nice that it has fewer calories, as long as your serving size is one cup.
My husband is a Rigatoni fan, his favorite type of pasta. So I saw this and thought I'd give it a try. We loved it! Very tasty. I also made the tomato sauce and froze the leftovers which I used again after a couple of weeks but with tagliateli since I didn't have any rigatoni on hand. We also ate the leftovers the next day. A regular in my kitchen.
This tastes great and is very easy to make. I found it to be extremely satisfying and filling for 300 calories a serving. Instead of homemade Tomato Sauce, I used store bought.
It tastes very similar to spaghetti - so I wouldn't say it is really unique or special - but I think it is much easier to have accurate serving sizes out of a casserole dish. So if you are really watching what you eat - this is a good choice!
The leftovers heat up great!!
"Good, solid recipe" is the perfect description. Nothing fancy, but a tasty and satisfying weeknight dinner. I made a half batch for 3 people and had leftovers even though 2 of us went back for seconds. I used whole wheat penne, a very flavorful homemade tomato sauce with lots of herbs, and also sauteed some onion and garlic with the beef and seasoned it with dried thyme, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. I didn't have mozzarella, so I used pre-shredded Mexican blend cheese mixed in with the pasta and then topped it with a mixture of smoked gouda and fresh grated parmesan. My only complaint was that it was almost *too* meaty... I would add a little more pasta next time. Served with fresh bread and green beans... good comfort food!