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Garlic Lovers Beef Rigatoni Casserole

Garlic Lovers Beef Rigatoni is packed full of bold flavours (a whole head of garlic), and is so easy to put together for dinner, a freezer meal or a make ahead meal prep recipe.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Pasta Bake, pasta recipe, Rigatoni recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 54 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 lb 1 lb lean ground beef
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 head garlic, minced fine
  • 700 ml jarred pasta sauce
  • 4 cups 4 cups dry, uncooked rigatoni
  • ¼ cup pasta water
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (or preferred cheese mix)


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F if you aren’t prepping this for the freezer
  • Start by filling a large pot with water on high heat to boil.
  • While the water is coming up to a boil, start on beef.
  • In a large pan on medium-high heat, add in the olive oil and onion. Sauté the onions for 2 minutes before adding in the ground beef.
  • Season the ground beef with salt and pepper as you break it apart with a wooden spoon.
  • Give it a couple of stirs as it cooks in the pan.
  • After 3-4 minutes, add in the garlic.
  • Continue to sauté everything in the pan. Take care not to burn the garlic.
  • At this time, your water should have reached its boiling point, add in the rigatoni and set a timer for 8 minutes to parboil the pasta.
  • Meanwhile, add the jar of pasta sauce to your beef and stir to combine.
  • Let the mixture simmer on low while your pasta cooks.
  • .Once the pasta is ready, reserve ¼ cup of the pasta water and drain the pasta.
  • Add the drained pasta to the pot with the sauce and beef.
  • Add the ¼ cup of pasta water. Stir to combine.
  • Grease a baking dish and transfer the pasta, sauce, and pasta from the pot, to the baking dish.
  • Cover the pasta and sauce with cheese, and cover with a greased piece of tinfoil
  • .Bake covered for 15 minutes and uncovered for 15 minutes. Broil for 1-2 minutes if the cheese needs some extra help.Serve when ready