Here is a really easy recipe that is also very delicious. It is almost like baked ziti except I use rigatoni because I like the way the sauce binds to this shape of pasta. Most of the ingredients can be found in your kitchen right now and it is very quick to make and also great for a crowd. Enjoy this delicious pasta dish!
1 jar of store-bought tomato sauce or homemade sauce (my mom's recipe for tomato sauce will be up soon, obviously it is WAY better than the store-bought)
1 lb rigatoni pasta (ziti or any other short pasta will work too
1 8 oz bag or block of mozzarella cheese (don't use fresh here because there is too much moisture and will make pasta wattery)
1 lb ricotta cheese
5 tablespoons parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons fresh parsley
2 teaspoons garlic powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bring pot of boiling water to boil. Put a handful of salt into the water, then add your pasta. Stir pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes. Drain the pasta and pour into a 13 x 9 greased baking dish.
To the baking dish add the ricotta cheese until every noodle has been covered with the sauce. Then add your parsley, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir to incorporate. Next add the sauce to the pasta and ricotta mixture and stir until everything is evenly coated. Now add 3/4 of the shredded mozzarella cheese and all of the parmesan cheese. Stir until everything is evenly mixed. Add the additional mozzarella cheese on top and bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown and bubbly. Enjoy!
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