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Pandemic Pasta

Prep Time:

45 min

Cook Time:

45 min






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Submitted by:

Lindsay Bade

About the Recipe

Pasta is the easiest homemade weeknight dinner for the entire family.

Home cooks love easy Italian pasta recipes because it’s quick, healthy, and made with a few ingredients.


- 1 pound Ground Beef (Or Ground Chuck) 

- 16 oz Rigatoni pasta (Or Penne pasta) 

- 16 oz Shredded mozzarella cheese 

- 1 Cup Parmesan cheese 

- 1 Cup Ricotta chees (Or Cottage cheese) 

- 24 oz Jar Spaghetti Sauce 

- 16 oz Jar Alfredo sauce 

- 1 Tablespoon Garlic powder 

- 1 box Frozen Garlic Bread (Or Frozen Breadsticks/Frozen Texas Toast)


1) Preheat oven to 400° F 

2) In a large pan, brown your ground beef and drain the fat off 

3) Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add noodles and cook according to the box directions. Strain after finished cooking. Reserve 1/2 Cup pasta water. 

4) Combine ground meat, cooked noodles, half of your mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, ricotta/ cottage cheese, spaghetti sauce, alfredo sauce, garlic powder, and reserved pasta water. Stir until all combined. 

5) Pour mixture into a 13 x 9 baking dish 

6) Top with remaining mozzarella cheese. 

7) Bake for 20-30 minutes, until golden and bubbly. If the cheese begins to brown too quickly, cover it with foil. 

8) Remove and have the pasta rest while you warm the bread/breadsticks according to the box. 

9) Serve and enjoy! 

Note: This recipe can be made with or without meat. It can be made with different things to substitute if a certain ingredient is not available. It's why we call it Pandemic Pasta!

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