I feel like everyone needs a good potluck recipe. This is one of my main go-to’s. It is easy to make and is something I can easily prep with the daily race.
In my option good food has a homey quality and this takes the cake on top of being filling and feeding so many people.
There are so many ways you can customize it. You can add veggies, swap meats, change up cheeses and no matter what it is delicious.
Hope it becomes as popular for you as it is for me!
Be well and be happy!
In a large pot, bring water to a boil adding in a full box of Rigatoni. Let boil 8-10 minutes.
While noodles are cooking, in large sauce pan heat olive oil on medium heat. Once your oil is hot, add in ground beef, breaking it up with a wooden spoon.
Add in seasoning and spices (about a teaspoon or so of each - do this to taste). Mix and cook until meat is browned or caramelized and dark - VERY KEY.
While meat is browning preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Once beef is browned turn heat to med/low and add in 1 1/2 jars of tomato sauce and the full can of diced tomatoes. Mix thoroughly.
When ground beef and tomatoes are mixed, add wine and cook until simmering. Add in Parmesan and stir until melted.
Once noodles are done (cooked just to al dente) drain and do not rinse. Add cooked noodles to sauce and stir throughly.
Coat a large baking dish with the remaining tomato sauce (1/2 jar).
Add half noodle/meat sauce mixture to dish. Drop 1-2 inch chunks of ricotta spacing them about an inch apart over the whole dish. Cover ricotta with 6 oz mozzarella.
Add second half of your noodles and then cover with the remaining mozzarella and parmesan.
Bake uncovered for 25/30 minutes