Three Cheese Baked Rigatoni

three cheese baked rigatoni

As part of Foodbuzz’s Tastemaker program, I received a sample of Newman’s Own pasta sauces, dressings, coupons and a Flip camera to record my very first recipe video!  I’m a little camera shy…so take it easy on me!  The goal was to create a fun family recipe that can be made in 30 minutes or less.  Newman’s Own holds a special place in my heart…it’s simply a great product and they donate their profits to charity!  Now that’s eating for a good cause.  It makes ya feel good to eat when it’s going to charity right?  

Okay – back to my recipe for Three Cheese Baked Rigatoni.  It’s a hearty and well rounded pasta dish with zucchini, crimini mushrooms, onions, Italian sausage, ricotta, mozzarella & parmesan.  It’s so easy to make and even more satisfying to eat.   I love baked rigatoni because it’s great for serving crowds and nice for parties since you can assemble everything ahead of time and bake it right before your guest arrive.    You have your protein, veggies, carbs, and dairy all in one place… it’s a balanced meal all in one!  We like to serve garlic bread along with this dish and we are set for a quick and easy crowd pleaser for both adults and kids. 

Three Cheese Baked Rigatoni

Prep:  15 mins         Cook time:  15 mins         Serves:  8


12 oz. ground mild Italian sausage

1 lb. rigatoni pasta

½ large onion, diced

2 large zucchinis, quartered and sliced

10 oz. crimini mushrooms, sliced

1 jar of Newman’s Own Bombolina Pasta Sauce (Tomato & Basil) (24 oz.)

15 oz. low fat ricotta cheese

7 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

½ tsp. sea salt

½ tsp. black pepper

¼ C. shredded parmesan cheese



  • Preheat oven to 400º.
  • Boil rigatoni in salted boiling water for 10 mins, then drain.
  • While pasta is cooking, coat a large pan with olive oil and saute Italian sausage until brown.  Remove sausage from pan, leaving juices in the pan.  Add onions to pan and cook until soft and the onions start to brown.
  • Add zucchinis and mushroom and saute until tender.  Add sausage back to the pan.  Add pasta sauce, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Simmer for about 2 minutes and then add the ricotta and stir to combine. 
  • Add half of the mozzarella cheese.  Turn off heat and stir to melt the mozzarella cheese.  Add pasta and stir to coat.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Spray a large baking dish with cooking spray and pour the pasta into the dish.  Top with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese and bake for 15 mins.  Serve with basil. 



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  1. Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 says:

    What a delicious looking dinner! I do believe I have some ricotta in my fridge that needs a use . . . I’m so glad you find my blog so I could find you guys. You have a beautiful site!

  2. Jenna says:

    This does seem like a great, hearty recipe to make for a crowd! Yum. =) Wish I could watch your video–unfortunately I’m at the office and my computer here doesn’t have speakers.
    Anyway, your photography is beautiful!! I was glad to find you via TastyKitchen!

  3. kitchenrunway says:

    Tiffany: Thank you! Glad that you liked the video! 🙂

    Nicole: Thank you!! I’m happy that the ricotta is going to be used soon! Hope you enjoy the dish!

    Gastronomer: Gotta love the cheesy saucy pasta dishes!!

    Jenna: Thank you!! It’s so easy to make and definitely great for crowds! Thanks for finding me on Tasty Kitchen – such a fun and great place for recipes!

  4. kitchenrunway says:

    Julie: Thank you! Hope you enjoy it!!

    Skip to Malou: Thank you Malou! (haa,haa you didn’t see all the out takes…) 🙂

    Naomi: Thank you!! Yes, it’s been too long! Looking forward to hanging out again!

  5. kitchenrunway says:

    Alessandra: Glad you liked it and it was easy to make! Hope you make it again soon. Take care!!

  6. marie says:

    I found your recipe and I want to make it for some children that I work for in a day care, but I need to know if it’s o.k with you. The children love pasta dishes and I know they would love this.


  7. kitchenrunway says:

    Hi Marie! I’m so happy to hear that you want to make this recipe for the kids at your day care. Please do, I hope they love it! Take care! Please send pictures if you have any. Have a wonderful day!

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