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Cheesy Baked Beef Rigatoni

Cheesy Baked Beef Rigatoni

Course Main Course, pasta
Cuisine American


  • Meat Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 500 grams ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 400 grams 380 ml jarred pasta sauce
  • White Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 300 grams rigatoni pasta cooked according to instructions on the package
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese can increase amount if you like the pasta more cheesy


  • Preheat oven to 375 F/190 C
  • Meat Sauce
  • Heat the oil in a large pot, and add the chopped onion. Fry the onion until slightly translucent and then add the ground beef and all of the spices. Cook until the beef is browned - about 10-15 minutes. Now add the mushrooms and cook for a few minutes (about 3-4 minutes until the mushrooms are cooked through). Finally add the pasta sauce and cook for a few minutes and then turn off the heat. Set aside.
  • White Sauce
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter on medium heat and then add the flour. Cook fro 1-2 minutes and then slowly pour in the milk, while continuously whisking. Continue whisking for 5-6 minutes until the sauce thickens. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Take off heat, and set aside.
  • In a large baking dish, first start by layering with spreading a bit of the white sauce, and then some of the meat sauce. Now add a layer of pasta, then layer with the meat sauce, and then layer with white sauce. Repeat layers and then top with cheddar cheese. Bake at 375 F/190 C for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and is golden brown.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.