Saturday, January 5, 2008

Baked Rigatoni

This is great alternative to the traditional lasagna and spaghetti. An easy and quick weeknight dinner you can have on the table in less than an hour!

1 lb lean ground beef
1 lb mild Italian sausage
1 cup onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jar (32 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
1 cup chicken broth
1 t dried oregano
1 t garlic powder
1 t minced onion
1 t basil
1 (16 ounce) package rigatoni, cooked and drained
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large skillet cook ground beef, sausage, onion, and garlic until meat is browned; stirring frequently. Stir in spaghetti sauce, chicken broth, and spices. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir 1 cup of the sauce into the cooked rigatoni noodles. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. Layer 1/2 of the rigatoni mixture into the pan. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Top with 2 cups sauce, then remaining rigatoni mixture and remaining sauce. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Return to oven and bake for 10 minutes more.

Tomorrow's Daily Special: Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cookies