When you don’t have a lot of time, baked pasta is a great dish to throw together. You really only need 3 or 4 ingredients. Is there anything more comforting than baked pasta? Pasta, sauce and cheese and then baked. So simple but deep flavors. To make this extra cheesy, cheese is added to each layer as it is built. I guess you could consider this a variation on a lasagna. The key to make this super tasty is good tomato sauce (your own marinara even better) and a variety of cheeses to add depth.
- 2 packages Rigatoni
- 1 cup each shredded Cheddar and Mozzarella Cheese
- 1 – 28 oz can of Italian Style Tomatoes
In a big pot, boil water. Add salt and then the pasta noodles. Cook according to the box instructions. Should be about 10 – 12 minutes. Do not overcook because they will cook some more when baked.
Pull out a good size baking dish and begin to layer the pasta. Start with just a little sauce on the bottom. Then, put a full layer of the pasta
and generously spread each of the cheeses over all the pasta.
Keep repeating until the noodles are gone. Finish with a generous layer of cheese. For appearance, alternate the cheeses so you can get a variation in the colors. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 – 30 minutes. Finish, by placing under the low broiler for 2 or 3 minutes to get the cheese bubbly and a little char.
Serve and enjoy!