You only need 5 ingredients to make this quick and easy two-cheese baked rigatoni recipe.
This post is sponsored by Barilla, Galbani, and Acorn Influencer Network.
November and December are just busy, busy, busy in our home. I have a hard time finding time to grocery shop much less time to cook dinner. This time of year, I live by quick, easy, yet still delicious recipes.
Pasta is one of the few things my entire family will eat so I try to make a pasta dish at least once a week. The easier, and cheesier, the better! One of the great things about cooking pasta is how creative I can be with it. This baked rigatoni is the perfect example of how easy it is to make a great dinner the entire family will enjoy.
As I said, I have no time to grocery shop this time of year, but we still need to eat. That's why I am absolutely in LOVE with Walmart Grocery Pick Up. You order all your groceries online or on the app and then set up a pick up day and time. Just drive up to the designated pick up area and they put your groceries right in your car.
It was easy to shop online for this pasta recipe and just pick it up without getting out of my car.
Easy Two-Cheese Baked Rigatoni Recipe
Every good baked pasta recipe starts with a solid pasta. Barilla offers lots of fun pasta shapes and sizes. I picked up two boxes of Barilla Pasta to choose from because I couldn't decide which one I wanted. I ended up using the rigatoni because I wanted a nice large, sturdy pasta shape.
To make the baked rigatoni, start by cooking the pasta according to package directions and return it to the pot.
Once the pasta is finished cooking drain, and return it to the pot. I like to add a little protein to baked pasta. I added in Italian sausage, but chicken and shrimp would also be delicious.
Barilla marinara is a great red sauce that is full of delicious flavors. Grab an extra jar or two to keep on hand during the busy holiday season to make quick and easy dinners. I used two jars in this baked pasta dish.
You can't really have pasta without cheese, can you? I decided to go with double cheese for this baked pasta and grabbed Galbani Ricotta and mozzarella. Both are also conveniently located at Walmart.
The Galbani ricotta is nice and smooth and creamy. I decided to mix it with the Barilla marinara to make a smooth, creamy rosa type of sauce for the pasta to bake in.
The Galbani chunk mozzarella comes in two styles – one that's great for slicing and, the one I picked up. which is great for shredding. The Galbani Mozzarella not only shredded easily but it also melted beautifully on top of the pasta.
Top the pasta mixture with the shredded mozzarella cheese. I like to add a little sprinkle of dried oregano.
Bake the pasta at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the pasta is bubbly. Serve immediately!
Look how great the Galbani mozzarella cheese melted! It was super stretchy and just full of cheesy goodness.
Plate the pasta and gather your family for a filling and delicious meal.
You can also grab a coupon for Barilla pasta and sauce on Ibotta!
- 1 box Barilla Rigatoni
- 2 Jars Barilla Marinara Sauce
- 1 1/2 cups Galbani Mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
- 1 cup Galbani Ricotta Cheese
- 1 lb ground Italian mild sausage, browned
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cook rigatoni according to box directions. Drain water from pasta and return pasta to the pot.
In the pot mix together cooked pasta, sausage, sauce and ricotta cheese plus 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese. Stir to combine.
Carefully spoon the pasta mixture in to a shallow baking dish. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese and a sprinkle of dried oregano.
Bake the pasta for 25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the dish is bubbling. Remove pasta from oven and serve.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4503 Total Fat: 197g Saturated Fat: 72g Cholesterol: 614mg Sodium: 10515mg Fiber: 39g Sugar: 97g Protein: 204g