Rigatoni Al Forno and Garlic Bread

Rigatoni Al'Forno

Rigatoni Al’Forno

If you’re looking for a way to fit more whole grains into a pasta dinner dish, try this great rigatoni recipe using whole wheat pasta. Then splurge a little with a classic garlic bread. Garlic has also been shown to lower the risk of heart disease.

Rigatoni Al Forno

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound whole wheat rigatoni
  • 1-oz prosciutto cut into matchsticks
  • 4 ounces Mushrooms. Cleaned and halved or quartered depending on size
  • Cooked Italian sausage sliced into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 qt marinara sauce
  • 1 cup cream
  • ¼ cup Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil shredded
  • Sliced mozzarella

Preparation

Cook the rigatoni in simmering salted water until al dente
In a 3-quart heavy bottomed pot, crisp the prosciutto with a little oil.
Add the marinara sauce, sausage and the cream; heat gently for 5 minutes.
Add the cooked pasta; stir in the cheese and the basil. Pour this mixture into ovenproof dishes.
Cover with the sliced mozzarella and bake in a 350-degree oven until bubbly.

Variation

Add additional cooked meats
Add additional cheeses

Garlic Bread

Ingredients

    1 loaf Italian bread
    ½ cup Olive oil
    4 cloves garlic
    ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
    1 teaspoon oregano

Preparation

Puree all ingredients except the bread.
Cut bread into desired shapes.
Spread thin layer of the oil mixture on the bread.
Bake at 350 degrees until crisp and golden.