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baked rigatoni pasta

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total: 45 minutes

Servings: 8

Cost: $6.02 /serving

Ingredients

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Instructions

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Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Brush a 9 x 13″ baking dish with olive oil.

Step 2

Start a pot of well salted water to a boil. Boil the rigatoni until it is just al dente (start tasting a few minutes before the package recommends: you want it to be tender but still a little firm on the inside; usually around 7 to 8 minutes). Drain.

Step 3

Meanwhile, mince the garlic. In a separate pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and fennel seeds and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant. Add the basil, marinara sauce, and tomatoes and stir for 1 minute. Stir in 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder and 1 pinch red pepper flakes and the 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Remove from the heat.

Step 4

Pour the sauce and the drained pasta into the baking dish. Top with torn pieces of mozzarella. Sprinkle the entire top with generous sprinkles of Parmesan cheese.

Step 5

Cover with foil and bake 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes until browned.

Step 6

Remove the pan from the oven and top with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided over the top. Let stand 5 minutes. If desired, garnish with chopped basil. (Make ahead instructions: Make the pasta through Step 4 and cover with foil. Refrigerate until baking, up to 24 hours.)

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