Monday, April 2, 2012

Martha Stewart's Pasta Pie

Love this pasta pie for it's great presentation. Adapted from Martha Stewart's Pasta Pie. Only Martha could turn basic pasta into a 2 hour project...



Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef 
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 lb rigatoni pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil , divided
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated 
  • 8 oz  mozzarella cheese, grated 
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • salt (to taste)
  • peper (to taste)
  • butter  

Sauce:

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in nonstick pan. Add ground beef, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until meat is browned.Drain excess fat from meat, then add your crushed tomatoes. Simmer for 30 minutes.


Rigatoni Noodles:

Cook an Entire 1 lb box of Rigatoni. Trust me when I say you will need the whole box. They will fit perfectly in your spring form pan, so careful not to drop any down the drain when draining them in the sink.

Boil Rigatoni for 2 minutes less than indicated on the box. The box said to cook for 14 minutes, so I cooked for 12. The noodles will not be fully cooked as they will cook more once they go in the oven. 

Drain noodles completely, rinse in cool water, and coat in 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Make sure pasta is evenly coated with olive oil, then toss pasta with Parmesan cheese. Butter your 9-inch spring form pan and then tightly pack your rigatoni noodles into the pan, standing each piece on it's end.

 

Putting it together:

This is the time consuming part! pour your meat sauce a little bit at a time on top of your noodles. take the back end of a fork and stuff the meat sauce down into each noodle. Make sure you get every noodle! 

 Reserve some of the meat sauce for pouring on top of your pasta later.

 

Baking:

 Preheat overn to 400 degrees. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove pasta from oven and sprinkle 8 oz of Mozzarella cheese on top. Bake another 10-15 minutes or until cheese is golden brown on top. 

 Remove from oven and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Once it cools slightly, it will set and be much easier to cut (and not fall apart). Trust me and wait.





 Cut your pie into slices and serve!


If you'd like, pour extra sauce on top of your slice and enjoy!




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