Meaty Baked Pasta by Compelled to Cook | Mar 31, 2019 | BEEF, CASSEROLES, PASTA | 0 comments Meaty Baked Pasta Print Recipe Servings Prep Time 8-10 people 40 minutes Cook Time Passive Time 40 minutes 5 minutes Servings Prep Time 8-10 people 40 minutes Cook Time Passive Time 40 minutes 5 minutes Meaty Baked Pasta Print Recipe Servings Prep Time 8-10 people 40 minutes Cook Time Passive Time 40 minutes 5 minutes Servings Prep Time 8-10 people 40 minutes Cook Time Passive Time 40 minutes 5 minutes Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 1/2 cup diced white onion 3 cloves garlic, minced 12 ounces lean ground beef 12 ounces Italian sausage, mild or spicy about 2 large links 32 ounces marinara sauce 398ml can diced tomatoes, including juice 1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1/4 tsp dried chili flakes optional 14 ounces dried pasta I used penne rigate 1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese divided 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese divided 1 tsp dried basil Servings: people Instructions Heat olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes until starting to soften, stirring often. Add ground beef and Italian sausage. Cook until browned and no longer pink, breaking apart any large chunks and stirring often. Dab out any excess fat with a paper towel. To the meat add marinara sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and chili flakes. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat, cover and cook, stirring occasionally for 20- 25 minutes to meld flavours. While meat sauce is simmering, cook pasta according to package directions using well-salted water. (about 1 tbsp regular salt to 4 litres of water). Drain pasta and set aside. Preheat oven to 350℉. In a small bowl stir together ricotta, half of the mozzarella, half of the parmesan, dried basil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Lightly spray a 9"x13" casserole dish with non stick spray. Add half the cooked pasta and half of the meat sauce to the casserole dish. Stir to combine. Spread with ricotta cheese mixture. To the pot with the remaining pasta add remaining meat sauce. Stir to combine and pour over ricotta cheese layer. Top with remaining half of mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes until bubbly. Broil for 2-3 to blister the cheese. Remove and allow to rest 3-5 minutes prior to serving.