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pasta al forno

Pasta al Forno Recipe

Oven-baked rigatoni drenched in a hearty sausage and marinara sauce mixture, then covered in a hot and bubbly mozzarella layer.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Pasta al Forno, Pasta al Forno Recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 719 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds mild Italian sausage casings removed - you can use hot sausage as well
  • 1/2 small onion very finely diced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 24 ounce jar marinara sauce or homemade
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce

Assemble the Baked Pasta:

  • 16 ounces rigatoni cooked according to package directions - aim for al dente
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Coat a 9"x13" pan with cooking spray or brush it with a bit of olive oil.


  1. Place a large pan over medium-high heat and add the olive oil.
  2. When the oil is hot, add the sausage to the pan, cook it without moving it for 1 minute, to get a nice sear on it. After that, break it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon, and cook it for another 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the onion to the pan, stir and cook for 4-5 minutes, until softened.
  4. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the seasonings, the marinara sauce, Worcestershire sauce and tomato sauce to the pan. Stir the mixture and bring it to a small simmer.
  5. Let the sauce simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until just thickened. Remove from heat.


  1. Toss the cooked pasta with the meat sauce and the parmesan cheese and add the mixture to the prepared pan. Top it with the shredded mozzarella cheese on top.
  2. Cover loosely with foil, so it doesn't touch the cheese layer.
  3. Bake covered for 20 minutes, uncover and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until bubbly and cheese is melted and lightly browned.
  4. Remove from oven, let stand for 5-10 minutes, then sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley and basil and serve.

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Nutrition Facts
Pasta al Forno Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 719 Calories from Fat 441
% Daily Value*
Fat 49g75%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 121mg40%
Sodium 2201mg96%
Potassium 1135mg32%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 50g100%
Vitamin A 1162IU23%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 521mg52%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.