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Baked Rigatoni

Comforting casserole for a chilly evening. Makes great leftovers.

Layer the pasta and cheese in a casserole dish.

1 pound rigatoni pasta
2 cans diced tomatoes, 14.5 oz. size
1 can tomato puree, 10 oz. size
½ medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. dried basil
1 tbsp. dried oregano
1 tbsp. dried parsley
¼ tsp. crushed red pepper
2 or 3 tbsp. olive oil
1 15 oz. container organic grass fed, low-fat ricotta cheese (it’s better)
2 tbsp. dried or fresh parsley
1/3 cup organic egg whites
½ cup low-fat mozzarella cheese
10 leaves or so of fresh basil, if you have it on hand
Salt & Pepper

Grass-fed cheese is worth the extra money! Cows eat the food nature intended them to eat.

1) Boil rigatoni a minute or two less than package directions call for; drain.

2) In large skillet, sauté onion about 5 minutes in olive oil. Add garlic and sauté a minute or two more. Add spices and stir. Add diced tomatoes and tomato puree and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low about 10 minutes.

3) Mix together the rigatoni and the tomato sauce.

4) In medium sized bowl, mix together ricotta cheese, parsley and egg whites.

5) Grease large casserole dish with olive oil. Add ½ of the rigatoni/tomato sauce mixture, then layer ½ of the ricotta mixture. Add the second ½ of the rigatoni/tomato sauce mixture, then the second ½ of the ricotta. Top with ½ cup of shredded mozzarella.

6) Cover with aluminum foil and bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 15-20 minutes.

Makes 6- 8 servings.

Baked Rigatoni


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