Zucchini and Rigatoni Baked Pasta

Serves 6 Prep Time 10 minutes   Cook Time 40 minutes   Rated:

This easy dinner can be on the table in the time it takes to bath the kids. If you have a batch of Marinara Sauce (Basic Pasta Sauce) in your fridge at all times that is. I love that sauce recipe so much, it is a real family friendly staple, mum helper extraordinare.

Cook the pasta, fry up the beef mince, toss everything together and hide as many veggies in there as you dare. (Eggplant and pumpkin are amazing in this one!)

It is easier than lasagne with the same basic flavour profile but none of the fuss. (You're welcome World!)

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Preheat the oven to 180°C. You will need a big lasagne sized baking dish for this recipe.


Cook the pasta to al dente as per package instructions. Drain and place into the baking dish, with a little of the pasta water. Add the Marinara Sauce and coat the pasta well.


Heat a non stick frying pan to a reasonably high heat and fry off the ground beef mince until fragrant and starting to brown. Add to the pasta and stir through.


Add the veggies and make sure they are coated with the sauce as well.


Top with the ricotta in small amounts across the dish. Add the pieces of mozzarella in between to cover the dish with cheese.


Bake for 40 minutes. Garnish with dried oregano (or Italian herb mix) and fresh basil leaves. Serve immediately.

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