Rumiano's Cheesy Christmas Rigatoni

  • Chef: Owen Rumiano / Rumiano Family
  • Ready in: 1 - 1.5 hours
  • Serves: 3-4
  • Complexity: medium
Rumiano's Cheesy Christmas Rigatoni


  • Olive Oil
  • 8oz Pack of Rigatoni
  • 1.5lb Lean Hamburger
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Large Can Tomato (Chopped)
  • Oregano, Mace, Thyme, Bay Leaf, Chili Powder
  • Mushrooms
  • 1/2lb Grated Rumiano Cheddar



Chop onion and garlic and fry sauté in olive oil

When the onions are limp and before the garlic turns brown, remove and put aside.

Crumble and brown the hamburger

Add the cooked onions and garlic

Start noodles

Add the tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, bay leaf, mace, thyme, and oregano.

Stir and simmer about 20 minutes.

Add Chili powder and let simmer another 10 minutes. The sauce should have a brownish color to it – make sure to use enough chili powder!

Once the sauce is to your liking, remove bay leaves.


In a casserole dish (2 Quart), layer rigatoni noodles and sauce (e.g.) noodles, sauce, noodles, sauce. Cover with grated cheese.

Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes at 325°F – (when the sauce is bubbling and cheese is brown it's ready!)

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