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Cheesy Rigatoni Bake Recipe

Cheesy Rigatoni Bake Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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).

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.

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Sue User ID: 9198042 268064
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2017

"It's in the oven now. I added cooked Italian sausage, onions and garlic layer. I like the addition of the white sauce. I thought to add more sauce ( used spaghetti sauce) but always follow recipe mostly the first time I try a new recipe. Will add Basil and oregano to white sauce next time. I used fresh mozz!"

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."

tchr90 User ID: 2795278 132931
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"Love this recipe! I took this to a friend who had surgery and she & her husband loved it so much that she wanted the recipe too! I like it just the way it is--I don't find it too dry or bland like others mentioned."

LynnOhio User ID: 5555909 145847
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"This recipe doesn't have much flavor. If I make it again, I will add flavor with green & red peppers, garlic, onion, more pepper & maybe turkey sausage."

mnccaleb User ID: 4255057 139138
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"I made this with extra sauce since everyone said it was so dry. I also put a little sausage in for protein. However, we did not like it. It had almost no flavor to it."

Lyndsay216 User ID: 6108287 109835
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2011

"I've made this a few times, for church dinners and family get togethers, always a huge hit, I've passed the recipe on to more people than I can count. I need a better way to mix the flour, butter, and milk so that the flour doesn't clump. Any help?"

HMRintelman User ID: 3601621 132930
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2011

"It is very dry as written. Needs a lot of adjustment."

Jenjoyal User ID: 5846015 132261
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"This was great. I added a lot of things to spice it up...chicken, 1/2 onion, 1/2 red and orange peppers, basil, oregano, and a splash of crushed red pepper. It was fantastic!"

Hhobbie5 User ID: 4533583 91959
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"I would make several changes to this recipe next time. It was very dry, but the flavor was good."

higgins3 User ID: 3950259 53771
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"love it!"

TeachersRus User ID: 2323924 52451
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"I quadrupled this recipe to make for a boy's soccer team dinner. It was SO easy to make and they LOVED it! I did add 1 tsp. oregano and 1 tsp. italian seasoning to the tomato sauce."

lilybgrace User ID: 5334487 91957
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2010

"O-M-G! YUMMMMMM! My picky 12 year old son after one bite..."Oh in HEAVEN!" He had thirds! I will double this next time! Best thing i ever made...all four children cleaned their plates!"

jessicastant User ID: 1945813 91858
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2010

"Our whole family like this. Instead of the tomato sauce I used garlic spaghetti sauce. We had this as our main course with garlic bread."

SheenaBoice User ID: 1617558 57895
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

"My family loves this recipe! I add diced cooked chicken to the dish so it can be used as the main course . Very Yummy!!!"

heidiwalbourn User ID: 3389925 136919
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2009

"My daughter is not a meat fan and this is her favorite dinner. It is great with a salad and garlic bread."

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