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Rigatoni Al Forno (Baked Rigatoni)

Baked Rigatoni: Every Italian household has their very own version of it! From North to South the ingredients differ but the cheesy goodness and perfect crunchy edges never really change. My version of baked rigatoni is made the southern way, typical to my wife’s region Calabria. Each bite is made up of crispy salami, moist mince, the perfect amount of cheese, homemade sauce, and thick pasta tubes. The surprise in this recipe is the egg – once you have tried it, you will ALWAYS add it in.
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Baked Rigatoni: Every Italian household has their very own version of it! From North to South the ingredients differ but the cheesy goodness and perfect crunchy edges never really change. My version of baked rigatoni is made the southern way, typical to my wife’s region Calabria. Each bite is made up of crispy salami, moist mince, the perfect amount of cheese, homemade sauce, and thick pasta tubes. The surprise in this recipe is the egg – once you have tried it, you will ALWAYS add it in.
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Vincenzo’s Plate, a 30-something year old, food obsessed Italian living in Australia cooks traditional Italian meals with family and friends.
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Vincenzo’s Plate, a 30-something year old, food obsessed Italian living in Australia cooks traditional Italian meals with family and friends.
http://www.vincenzosplate.com/
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Serves 4
2 bottles
(700 mL)
Tomato Passata
1/2
Onion
1/4 cup
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
up to 5 Tbsp
1.1 lb
Rigatoni
9 oz
up to 500g
9 oz
Ground Veal
up to 500g
1/2 cup
Provolone Cheese
up to 2 oz
3/4 cup
Grated  Pecorino Romano Cheese
up to 1 cup
1
Salami
preferably calabrese salami
20 3/4 cups
Water
as needed
Rock Salt
as needed
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
as needed
Ice
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Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Start by dicing an Onion (1/2) into small pieces.
Step 2
Place a large pot on the stove at medium heat and add Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (1/4 cup) . Once this has started to warm up, add the finely diced onion and simmer for 6-7 minutes or until they have started to turn a golden brown.
Step 3
Now, add the Tomato Passata (2 bottles) and stir it really well so the onion combines with the sauce. Once it starts to simmer, add a pinch of Rock Salt (as needed) .
Step 4
Place the lid on top of the pot and leave the sauce on low heat to cook for around 30 minutes, stirring it every so often.
Step 5
While the sauce is cooking, get a medium size fry pan and put it on the stove at medium heat before drizzling a generous amount of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (as needed) .
Step 6
Add the Ground Pork (9 oz) and Ground Veal (9 oz) mince into the pan and let it start to brown while you break it down and spread it out into smaller pieces using a wooden spoon
Step 7
Cover the mince and let this cook for between 6-8 minutes, checking it and stirring it through again after 5 minutes.
Step 8
Once the sauce for your pasta al forno is ready, remove the lid and add some Fresh Basil Leaves (to taste) to it and stir gently, but really well.
Step 9
At this point, your mince and sauce for the pasta al forno are ready! Add two ladles of sauce into the mince and mix through.
Step 10
Now, add a large amount of Water (20 3/4 cups) to your big pot and bring it to a boil. This will be for the pasta in this delicious baked rigatoni dish.
Step 11
At the same time, fill a small pot with water, bringing it to boil also – then add Eggs (3) , and let them cook for 12–14 minutes depending on how hard you want them.
Step 12
After 14 minutes, drop the eggs into a bowl of water with Ice (as needed) so they stop cooking and don’t go dark in the middle.
Step 13
Once the eggs are ready, add a handful of Rock Salt (as needed) to your pot of boiling water, start cooking the Rigatoni (1.1 lb) , and check the packet instructions for the cooking time.
Step 14
While the pasta is cooking, take the eggs out of the ice water bowl, peel them and leave them to the side.
Step 15
Strain your pasta 3 minutes before the instruction time – otherwise, your pasta will overcook
Step 16
Once you have strained the pasta for your baked rigatoni, put it into the pot filled with sauce – not a mixing bowl! Mix the pasta and the sauce using a wooden spoon so each piece of pasta is completely covered.
Step 17
Next, peel the skin off your Salami (1) and cut it into slices (not too thin) before chopping it into pieces and put them to the side.
Step 18
Cut all of the Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Ball (1) , Buffalo Mozzarella Ball (1) , and Provolone Cheese (1/2 cup) into small cubes, making sure to remove the skin from your provolone!
Step 19
Now, it's time to assemble the pasta al forno! The first step to putting together the baked rigatoni is to get your tray, and using a large spoon, smother the base with sauce. Don’t pour it in, but make sure each part is nice and wet.
Step 20
Next, add the pasta, smoothing it out to cover each edge, before adding a few spoonfuls of mince, pieces of both types of mozzarella, a sprinkle of Pecorino Romano Cheese (3/4 cup) , a handful of salami, and eggs.
Step 21
Repeat this until you run out of ingredients – or get to the top! On top of the final layer of pasta al forno, add a generous amount of provolone cheese, pecorino, salami, and eggs.
Step 22
The baked rigatoni is now ready to be put in the oven at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for approximately 30 minutes.
Step 23
After 20 minutes, check if your pasta has started to brown around the edges and if it hasn’t, leave it in the oven for another 10-15 minutes.
Step 24
Remove it from the oven, let it sit for around 5-7 minutes before you serve. Once the pasta has cooled slightly, the cheese will have started to dry through the middle, cut the first piece using a spatula and leave it to the side, then portion the rest of your servings and they should hold together nicely
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