I am always on the lookout for a great make ahead meal. I love the convenience of just popping a casserole into the oven on a busy night. This recipe can easily be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator or freezer. It is a great dish for potlucks or giving as a gift to a new mother.
This cheesy pasta dish is super delicious! It is also very easy to make. I browned the meat for the sauce while the pasta cooked. When the pasta was done, I tossed everything together and threw it in the oven. It smelled amazing while it cooked. We both really enjoyed this. It was also great reheated for lunch the next day.
Cheesy Baked Rigatoni
- 12 oz rigatoni noodles
- 1 lb Italian Sausage or ground beef
- 1 (26-28oz) jar spaghetti sauce
- 1 cup sour cream
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup cottage cheese (2% small curd)
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 Tbsp dried parsley
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
In a large skillet, brown sausage or beef. Drain fat. Add spaghetti sauce and noodles. Toss to combine. Pour into 9×13-inch pan.
In a large bowl combine sour cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese, mozzarella and parsley. Spread over noodles. Top with grated parmesan cheese.
Bake for 35-40 minutes.