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Baked Rigatoni With Beef

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Introduction

Recipe curtesy of Cookinglight.com. Gorgeous hearty pasta bake.

Ingredients

Serves: 4

For the Sauce

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 188 millilitres finely chopped onions
  • 125 millilitres chopped orange bell peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 63 millilitres red wine
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 100000 millilitres tomato passata
  • 500 millilitres water
  • 3 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil (dried, optional)
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

For the Beef

  • ¼ kilogram ground beef (lean)
  • 1 pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 freshly ground pepper

For the Assembly

  • 198 grams penne pasta (or rigatoni)
  • 28 grams parmesan cheese (grated)

Method

Baked Rigatoni With Beef is a community recipe submitted by Glitters and has not been tested by Nigella.com so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • Heat oil. Add onion, pepper, garlic and oregano and saute for five minutes until vegetables are softened.
  • Add remainder of ingredients and bring to a simmer. It should be thin and soupy. Cook at a low simmer for at least two hours.
  • The sauce will reduce by half and darken in colour. Check seasoning. It should be sweet, smooth--in flavour, not texture--with a good herby flavour. Adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • Heat pan to medium-hot. Add the beef and stir well--you don't want large chunks of meat. Throw in the seasonings and cook, stirring, until the beef is no longer pink.
  • Preheat oven to 180C/450F/Gas Mark 4.
  • Cook pasta, shortening cooking time by approx 2 minutes. The pasta will continue to cook in the oven.
  • drained pasta with 2 cups sauce (approx 2/3 of sauce quantity), beef and about a quarter of the cheese. Turn into a suitable dish prepared with cooking spray.
  • Sprinkle remaining parmesan on top.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until cheese is bubbly.
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