Replacement for Lasagna – Rigatoni Pasta Pie

See the photo. This seems like a nom-nom improvement on lasagna.

Rigatoni Pasta Pie:
1 lb rigatoni pasta
1 lb ground beef (I used ground sirloin)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 small jar of spaghetti sauce
cooking spray
salt
1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
4oz cream cheese
15oz ricotta cheese
2 eggs
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1 cup onion
spring form pan

DIRECTIONS:
Boil the noodles according to the directions on the box. Stop cooking when they’re still very firm and avoid stirring so they do not fall apart. Once done, drain and run cold water over so they are cool enough to handle. You can add a little bit of oil if they start to stick.

Brown the ground beef and drain excess grease. Add chopped onion and garlic. After about 5 minutes add cream cheese and stir until melted. Add spaghetti sauce next.

Use a small mixing bowl to mix the ricotta, Parmesan, basil, oregano and 2 eggs until smooth. Set aside.

Tightly pack pasta into pan, standing each piece on end. Use cooking spray on the bottom of the spring form pan first to avoid sticking. Put a zip lock bag inside a tall glass and fill the bag with the cheese mixture. Close the bag and snip the corner of the bag and pipe a small amount into each noodle. After piping, pour the red sauce over the whole top and push down as much as possible.

Top with 2 cups of mozzarella cheese. (Recipe calls for 2 cups but you could use low fat or skim to cut calories.)

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes and then broil until the cheese turns bubbly.


4 Responses to Replacement for Lasagna – Rigatoni Pasta Pie

  1. Sarah Warmanen, I think if I started with al dente pasta, I could use a spatula and just work it all in at once. Or, I could go with raw pasta, add in some moisture to the cheese, and cook it with foil over the top. For the crunchies, I could uncover and broil for a few mins before serving.