Cheesy Rigatoni Bake Recipe
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Cheesy Rigatoni Bake Recipe

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This baked pasta is a family favorite. One of our four children always asks for it as a birthday dinner. —Nancy Urbine, Lancaster, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) rigatoni or large tube pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 282 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 486mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 medium-fat meat, 1/2 fat.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; return to pot. Cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour and salt until smooth; gradually whisk in milk and water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Add eggs to pasta, tossing to coat. Divide mixture between two greased 8-in. square baking dishes. Layer each dish with one can tomato sauce, 1 cup mozzarella cheese and half of the white sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, until a thermometer reads 160°, 30-35 minutes.
    Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked casseroles. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 375°. Cover casserole with foil; bake 40 minutes. Uncover; bake until a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°, 7-10 minutes.
    Yield: 2 casseroles (6 servings each).
Originally published as Cheesy Rigatoni Bake in Quick Cooking May/June 2004, p14

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PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 251769
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2016

"I tweaked this a bit based on some of the other reviews. I did cut this in half and it worked fine. One problem I did have was when adding in the flour to the melted butter, it made a sort of doughy ball instead of being smooth. I added a bit more butter and it worked out fine. It did take just a bit longer to thicken though. Instead of regular salt, I used garlic salt. For the person who said their egg was cooked, it might be because your noodles were too hot when you added in the egg. I let my noodles cool just a bit. I didn't use tomato sauce, I used leftover chunky garden-style spaghetti sauce. I also added more than it asked for (though I'm not quite sure how much... just whatever looked right, haha). After the spaghetti sauce layer I added in fresh chopped green and red bell peppers. The added crunch was SO good! I also layered the cheeses like this: half the mozzarella, half the cream sauce, then the rest of the mozzarella and the other half of the cream. I think that made it go together better. Will definitely make again, probably with even more veggies next time!"

angieact1 User ID: 1990802 218167
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"We all enjoyed this one, will make again!"

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 68047
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

"I made this with skim milk and cut the recipe in half. This was very creamy recipe. I did use homemade pasta sauce as well. which added a lot of flavor. I also added minced garlic to the skim milk sauce."

momzie User ID: 32138 52467
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014


bringonthecoffee User ID: 7228576 61188
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2013

"This was very good. I think I did something wrong though because the eggs were visible. Some were scrambled inside of the noodles. It still tasted good though."

Mesvez10 User ID: 7366695 68030
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2013

"If you make this recipE the right way it comes out awesome. If you are using plain sauce I suggest adding basil and oregano about a spoonful of each. I made this for a dinner for family I had visiting and everyone including my pasta hating husband loved it. I'm making this again today for a big family get together and I'm making it with garlic bread and salad."

Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 52466
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2013

"Even though my white sauce didn't come out quite smooth, this was decadent. We gobbled this up."

AmethystDragonfly User ID: 5300362 205958
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2012

"Added Italian sausage and used spaghetti sauce, Mmmmm delicious!"

Eriksons4 User ID: 6805544 132932
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2012

"My whole family LOVED this recipe! It is so good!!!"

jackieyost User ID: 1832740 132262
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2012

"My son loved this recipe. He is not much for meat with his pasta, so this was exactly hoe he likes his pasta. No meat, a little sauce and lots of cheese. His only request, MORE cheese. I think it needs a littlr more sauce also."

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