Easy Potluck RigatoniFrom annieamie 8 years ago
- 3 pounds of hot, cooked rigatoni noodles (Boil in hot salted water until "al dente". Do not rinse with cold water.) shopping list
- 3, 28 oz cans of prepared pizza sauce sauce shopping list
- 3 large yellow or white onions shopping list
- 1 cup of melted butter shopping list
- 2 TB Lawry's garlic salt shopping list
- 3 TB garlic powder shopping list
- 6 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese shopping list
- 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese shopping list
- 1 bag of fresh spinach leaves (uncooked) Or one bundle fresh spinach, cleaned, dried shopping list
How to make it
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Pour half of the hot noodles into the "turkey" pan.
- Pour half of the butter over the noodles.
- Sprinkle with half of the garlic powder and half of the garlic salt.
- Sprinkle half of the cheeses over the top and mix well into the pasta.
- Pour one can of the pizza sauce over the pasta and mix.
- Add half of the spinach leaves and mix into the pasta.
- Make another layer, using the rest of all of your ingredients, mixing well.
- Place in oven and bake at 400 for 30 minutes.
- Remove pan from oven and cover with aluminum foil and place back in oven.
- Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for one hour to make sure that the pasta and sauce is cooked thoroughly.
- After one hour, remove foil and bake until the top is golden brown.
- Remove from oven and serve or let it "set" for an hour. If you let it 'set" then replace the foil.
- This can be served hot or at room temperature.
- **For a more frugal recipe, you can use canned tomato sauce and add some Italian herbs and/or oregano instead of the canned pizza sauce. I found the pizza sauce in the large cans at a restaurant supply store for only $1.49 a can (28 oz can) which is a great price. Stores like that also sell 4 pound bags of rigatoni for a few dollars. The whole large turkey pan of rigatoni cost me under $20.00. (The cheese was the most expensive ingredient.) To cut the cost on cheese, grate a large piece or you can use cottage cheese. If you use the cottage cheese, use 2 pounds of cheese and let it sit in a strainer to remove most of the liquid for at least an hour. Then add it to the pasta as described above.
- **You can add more vegetables such as chopped zucchini, black olives, eggplant, canned and drained tomatoes. You can also add a few pounds of meat for a regular baked rigatoni dish.)
The Cookannieamie Los Angeles, US
The Rating4 people
I agree with Krum, a perfect dish for potlucks and parties! Love the addition of spinach here!juels in Clayton loved it
Perfect, perfect and perfect!!!!!! Annie, my beau can't eat beef at all and its good to see a pasta dish without beef in it for once. This sounds so super easy and I gotta hand it to ya, the pizza sauce is a great idea too. Thanks you! I'm going to m...morecinnamon in Beverly Hills loved it