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Rigatoni Pasta Pie

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  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 4
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Is this real life? This deep-dish pasta pie is like nothing you've ever seen.
by: Bev Cooks
Updated Mar 7, 2017
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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 can (28 oz) Muir Glen™ organic whole peeled tomatoes, crushed with your hands
  • 1 lb rigatoni pasta
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat the oil in large skillet over medium-high. Add the turkey and cook until it's browned all over, about 5 minutes.
  • 2
    Add the garlic, crushed red pepper, and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté another minute. Then add the crushed tomatoes and simmer on medium until thickened, 20 minutes.
  • 3
    In the meantime, cook the rigatoni until it's slightly underdone. Drain and rinse with cool water. Toss with parmesan cheese. Lightly oil a 9-inch spring form pan. Tightly pack the rigatoni in the pan, standing on their ends.
  • 4
    Pour the meat sauce over the pasta. Push the meat down into the holes in the noodles as best you can. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • 5
    Remove from oven, top with mozzarella cheese, and bake another 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is browned and bubbly.
  • 6
    Let sit 15 minutes before slicing and serving. Top with fresh basil if desired.

Nutrition Information

941.7 Calories, 33.6g Total Fat, 61.4g Protein, 95.8g Total Carbohydrate, 8.7g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Can you even begin to believe what you're looking at? Is it pasta? Is it a deep dish pizza pie? Is it ridiculous? Is it being summoned to your belly right about now? Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes. Before we go on, I'm telling you now, this wasn't my original idea. But when we saw it over on the Noble Pig , all of my lids flipped at once, I experienced blindness and heart murmurs, and strange utterances escaped my lips, along with tiny rivers of drool. It had to be done. I veered from her recipe just a tad, replacing beef with turkey, and adding crushed red pepper flakes for a good kick in the pants. Grab some rigatoni, some ground turkey, Muir Glen whole peeled tomatoes, garlic, crushed red pepper, parmesan and mozzarella cheese. To crush your own tomatoes, dump them in a big bowl and crush them with your hands. It feels awesome, yes. It looks weird, sorry. You can also buy tomatoes that are already crushed, but you'll miss out on all the squishy fun. Then get your turkey all browned up in a pan with the garlic and crushed red pepper. And salt! Next you'll add the tomatoes and simmer for about 20 minutes. While you're at it (see, you'll do all this at the same time, and your sauce will simmer while you prepare the pie.), cook that rigatoni until it's slightly underdone, maybe 3 minutes under what the box says. Then drain it under some cool water. Toss the rigatoni with a cup of Parmesan and pack it into a springform pan with noodles standing on end. They might be different heights, and that's okay. Once it's all packed in the pan, pour the sauce on top. And then as best you can, try and push the meat sauce down into the pasta holes to fill the noodles. Once it's all baked and cheesy, let it set up for about 15 minutes before removing the springform pan and slicing. Voila! I laughed so hard when I took mine out of the pan. You have GOT to try this.
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