Yield: 8 people

Baked Sausage & Cheese Rigatoni

Overhead shot of Sausage and Cheese Rigatoni in casserole dish

It's meaty, it's cheesy, and it's packed full of wonderful, delicious carbs! For those times when spaghetti and meatballs just won't cut it.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 16oz pkg rigatoni pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 white or yellow onion, diced fine
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (about 6 cloves)
  • 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried basil (or 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Cook rigatoni according to package directions.  Drain and set aside.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, in a large skillet over medium heat, saute the diced onions in the olive oil until softened and translucent, about 3-5 minutes.  
  3. Add in the sausage and cook until browned, about 5-7 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.  (Be careful not to burn the garlic.)
  4. Add in the crushed tomatoes and stir to combine.  Turn down heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat.
  5. Stir in heavy cream, basil, salt and pepper to sauce mixture.
  6. To assemble meal, add about one cup of the sauce mixture to a baking dish and spread to coat the bottom.  Then layer half of the cooked pasta, half of the mozzarella cheese, half of the Parmesan cheese and half of the sauce mixture.  Layer the remaining pasta and then the sauce mixture, and top with the remaining cheese.  
  7. Cover, label & date, and place in freezer until ready to cook.

To cook:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  (If time allows, remove from freezer and thaw overnight in the refrigerator). Cook, uncovered, until heated through and bubbling, 25-30 minutes from thawed, or 2 hours from frozen.  Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and parsley if desired.


For extra flavor, you can use basil-infused olive oil and crushed tomatoes with basil (or the basil, garlic and onion variety).

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

8 people

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 534Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 1116mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 26g

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only.

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