Thursday, May 19, 2005

Baked Rigatoni Cake

Baked Rigatoni Cake (Adapted from Martha Stewart)

16 ounces rigatoni pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces ground turkey
8 ounces hot Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
3 garlic cloves, minced
salt and fresh ground black pepper
28 ounce can fire-roasted crushed tomatoes
4 ounces (about 1 cup) fresh grated Parmesan cheese
6 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, add pasta and cook until slightly underdone. Drain - rinse in cold water, then drain well. Place back into the pot, off heat, and toss with 1 tablespoon oil.

In a large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high. Add ground turkey and turkey sausage - cook, stirring to crumble, until browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Stir in garlic - cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper and cook for 1 more minute. Stir in tomatoes - bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer until thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Coat a 9" springform pan with cooking spray. Add Parmesan cheese into the pot with the pasta and toss well to coat. Tightly pack pasta into springform pan, standing each piece on end. Scoop about 2 cups of the meat mixture on top of the pasta, gently pushing it into any of the holes. Place into the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove and scatter the top with mozzarella. Place back into the oven and bake until the cheese has melted and turned golden, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve with any remaining sauce on the side or on top.

Makes about 8 servings.

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  1. Oh my. Wow. What a beautiful dish. And how creative!
    Very cool : )

  2. JNYC - Thanks!

    Sasha - It does make for a dramatic presentation!

  3. Turned out exactly as pictured-- plus it was delicious! Thank you.

  4. Anon - Good to hear! Thank you!