Baked Rigatoni with Meat Sauce

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It's a perfect Sunday meal. This sauce isn't your typical tomato saucy meat rigatoni. Please enjoy,it's special enough for Christmas eve dinner too!



  • In large pan heat oil& butter over low heat.
  • Add Onion, carrot, celery, garlic, parsley, basil and cook until very soft, about 20 minutes.
  • Raise heat to moderate, add ground Beef, fennel seed, salt and black pepper, cook until no longer pink.
  • Add wine and cook until almost evaporated, about 5 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes with juices and simmer covered for 30 minutes.
  • Stir in parmesan and continue to cook.
  • Preheat oven to 350, and lightly grease 3 quart baking dish.
  • In a large pot of boiling water cook rigatoni until almost al dente, about 12 minutes.
  • Drain, toss Pasta with meat sauce.
  • Put 1/2 of the mixture in dish, sprinkle with 1/2 the mozzarella, cover with remaining Pasta mixture, and top with remaining Cheese.
  • Bake until Pasta is hot, about 20 minutes.

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