Trasform an Italian classic pasta dish into an attractive cheesy pasta pie. Just stuff rigatoni with sauce, layer with mozzarella and bake it for few minutes. Nothing simpler, nothing more delicious & succulent. Bon appétit!
500 gr rigatoni pasta
500 gr ground beef meat
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 bottle (500ml) tomato sauce
- Butter, for pan
- 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 250gr grated mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 400F (200°C). Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt. Add pasta; cook until slightly underdone.Drain, rinse in cold water, and drain. Toss pasta with 1 tbs oil to coat.Set aside.
Heat 1 tbs oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add meat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Cook 2 minutes more.Add tomatoes; simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes.
Butter a 9-inch (23cm) springform pan. Toss pasta with Parmesan cheese. Tightly pack pasta into pan, standing each piece on end.
Spread meat sauce on top of pasta, pushing it into holes. Bake 15 minutes. Sprinkle mozzarella on top.Bake until cheese is pale golden, 10 to 15 minutes more.Remove from oven, and let stand 15 minutes.Run a knife around edge to loosen; unmold.Cut into wedges & serve with fresh Rosso di Aprilia DOC red wine
(Recipe by Martha Stewart)