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Yummy Baked Rigatoni

This dish is easy to make and will feed a crowd.  You can even make ahead and pop it in the oven when you're ready!  Serve with garlic bread and salad and you have a scrumptious meal!

Items needed:
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
½ cup Onion (finely diced)
1 pound Mild Ground Italian Sausage
1 pound Ground Beef
1 (10-ounce) can Tomato Puree
1 (14-ounce) can Petite Diced Tomatoes
1 (15-ounce) can Tomato Sauce
1 ½ Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
1 (1-pound) package Rigatoni Pasta
1 teaspoon bottled Minced Garlic
Salt & Pepper (to season)
1 (15-ounce) container Ricotta cheese
1 large Egg (beaten)
1 ½ cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese, plus
½ cup additional shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese, plus
½ cup additional shredded Parmesan Cheese
Non-Stick Cooking Spray

Spray a 9x13 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray, set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, add olive oil and turn to medium heat. Once hot, sauté onion for 1 minute. Add Italian sausage and ground beef and cook until no longer pink, then drain in a colander and return meat to the pan. Add tomato puree, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Stir together and bring just to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low for 30 minutes. Bring a large heavy pot of water to a boil. Add rigatoni pasta and cook until al dente, then drain in a colander and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, egg, 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese and 1 cup parmesan cheese. Stir together, then add noodles to the mixture and stir until combined. Layer half of the noodle mixture in the bottom of the baking dish. Layer with half of meat sauce. Repeat the process and sprinkle the top of the meat sauce with the remaining ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese and the ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese. Bake in a preheated oven uncovered at 350 degrees on the 3rd rack for 30 minutes

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