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Bake & Save Beef and Cheese Rigatoni

by Hannah Williams

Ingredients

for 4 servings

  • 2 lb ground beef
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • onion powder, to taste
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, 2 sticks, melted
  • 2 lb rigatoni, cooked
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 24 oz marinara sauce
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190˚C.)
  2. In a skillet, cook and crumble the ground beef with garlic powder, onion, powder, salt, & pepper. Remove from pan and drain.
  3. In the same pan, melt the butter, and mix with the flour until it forms a paste.
  4. Add the milk gradually, and bring to a boil, until it thickens into a creamy sauce. Set aside.
  5. In a bowl, mix the rigatoni with the eggs. Divide between two 9x13 inch (23x33 centimeter) baking dishes.
  6. Layer on the marinara, ground beef, mozzarella, white sauce, and parmesan.
  7. Bake both for 30-35 minutes, or until cheese is melted and golden brown.
  8. Cool and freeze extra casserole up to 2 months. (To cook, transfer to the refrigerator overnight. Bake covered at 375°F(190°C) for 40 minutes. Remove cover and bake an additional 10 minutes.)
  9. Enjoy!
 
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