Homemade Pasta Pie

The holidays tend to remind me of family traditions, especially when it comes to food. Growing up my mom made two great Italian dishes: spaghetti and spaghetti pizza pie. Ragu pasta sauce was always a common ingredient in my household. My family isn't even Italian, but my mom would make one of those dishes at least once a week. At any given time, we would have 2-3 containers of Ragu in the pantry. While I was never a big fan of the classic spaghetti dish, spaghetti pizza pie was something I always looked forward to. Spaghetti Pizza Pie is a dish that uses similar ingredients to the classic spaghetti dish, but you bake it in the oven and the form is more like lasagna. Today I wanted to share a recipe that I like to think of as a new version of my mom's spaghetti pizza pie. This dish, Rigatoni Pasta Pie with Ragu, is literally in the form of a pie and uses big rigatoni noodles, which I prefer over the stringy spaghetti noodles. Find the recipe below!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound rigatoni pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 container of Ragu Traditional Pasta Sauce
  • butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces grated mozzarella

DIRECTIONS:
Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. In a large pot of boiling water, cook pasta until slightly underdone. When done, rinse in cold water and toss pasta with one tablespoon olive oil. Set aside.

Heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the ground beef. Add garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Cook sitrring occasionally until browned. Add the Ragu Traditional Pasta Sauce and simmer until thickened.

In a spring form pan, tightly pack the pasta together, standing each piece on end. Pour your Ragu meat sauce over top of the pasta, filling each noodle with the sauce. Place the oven for 15 minutes. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top and bake another 10-15 minutes until cheese is golden. Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes. Once cool, cut into wedges and serve with any extra sauce you might have.

We hope you enjoyed the dish! Let us know what you thought in the comments below and many thanks to Ragu for sponsoring today’s story! Check out their contest here and enter for a chance to win $3,000 with your family traditions!