Baked Alfredo Rigatoni Pie

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My tastes have definitely evolved over the years.  I wouldn’t say that I was a picky eater when I was a kid… but I’m sure my parents would disagree.  I feel like we ate a lot of traditional American meals like pizza, tacos, spaghetti, and macaroni and cheese, but I also feel like I ate some pretty gourmet food when I was a kid.  Often times we’d have asparagus, artichokes, eggplant, steak, and crab legs.  We certainly ate well.  I’m lucky to have two parents that are such great cooks!

I remember hating avocados and guacamole because of their green color.   What was I thinking??  I didn’t like beans, either; I’d always refuse to eat them – it didn’t matter what kind they were.  Add mushrooms, cabbage, and hamburgers to the hate list, too.

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Ah, I always did love pasta.

It’s just so funny to me now, because I love avocados, beans, mushrooms, cabbage, and hamburgers now.  Actually, I just starting eating burgers a few years ago… and now I crave them.  A few years ago I would have never eaten pig face, goat, and escargot at Girl & the Goat, and look at me now!  That just goes to show you how your taste buds are always evolving. 

I’m still not a huge fan of chili, but maybe someday I will be.  I know how crazy everyone is about chili. 
Is there a certain food that you love and everyone seems to hate?  Ever since I was little, I’ve loved okra – especially fried.  I have to eat it every few months because I start craving it. 

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A few years ago I worked in a deli and learned a lot about different cheeses.  It was a cheese awakening.  Before that, I hadn’t tried very many cheeses. Now I have all kinds of new favorites.  I really love Bries, aged Goudas, goat cheese, and Italian cheeses like Burrata, Mascarpone, Taleggio, and Parmigiano Reggiano.

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You haven’t lived unless you’ve chopped up an 85 pound wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano.  I used to have to stand on a stool to give me more leverage. 

I can tell you without a doubt, there is definitely a difference between domestic parmesan cheese and authentic  Parmigiano Reggiano.  Parmigiano Reggiano has such an intriguing, nutty flavor.  It’s SO good!

And it’s what I used to top my Baked Alfredo Rigatoni Pie.  You might look at the pictures and think this recipe is complicated, but it’s definitely not.  You just cook your rigatoni and line the pasta in a springform pan, then pour the sauce on top, followed by the cheese.  The “pie” is baked for 30 minutes until golden brown, and that’s it!  You’re seconds away from an incredible meal. 

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Baked Alfredo Rigatoni Pie

Ingredients:
1 lb. rigatoni, cooked according to package instructions
2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 (15 ounce) jar alfredo sauce
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 1/4 cups finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil or Italian parsley

Directions:
Heat oven to 400 degrees F.  Coat a 10-inch springform pan with cooking spray or oil.

Toss together cooked rigatoni and melted butter in a large bowl until combined.  Stand the rigatoni up vertically in springform pan.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, ricotta, sour cream, alfredo sauce, garlic, salt and pepper until well combined; pour mixture on top of rigatoni.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.  Bake 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.  Sprinkle with fresh herbs.  Remove outer ring from pan, and cool pasta at least 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 6 servings

32 comments:

  1. I agree, tastes evolve over the years. I remember watching "grown ups" eat chocolate covered fruit and think it was disgusting and lately I crave things like raspberries and chocolate. I pretty much eat anything on the face of the earth and pretty much love it all, but I was a picky eater as a child too.

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    1. That's so funny. Like chocolate covered strawberries?

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  2. It has only been in recent years that I have started to love gorgonzola, mushrooms and even my nemesis brussel sprouts. It is true that our palate changes and I am sure to be your moms age.This pie looks amazing and is a must try.

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    1. Oh brussel sprouts! That's a good one. I like those now too.

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  3. Uh.....just wow! That looks incredible. Who would think to do something like this in a springform pan? So creative. Love it.

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  4. This looks awesome. I bet all the rigatoni are just filled with the sauce, which is really the only reason for eating pasta.

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    1. They are! I wasn't sure if it would work or not, but it did.

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  5. My goodness. This... looks amazing. I will definitely have to make it sometime soon!
    My tastes have definitely changed over the years. When I was little, I would eat hamburgers all the time. Literally. I remember going to a Chinese restaurant with my family one night and ordering a hamburger. Fast forward to today, and I've been a vegetarian (well, pescetarian, since I will eat fish and seafood) for almost 7 years!
    As a kid, I hated seafood, sweet potatoes, avocados/guacamole, most vegetables, and my idea of a salad was iceberg lettuce with ranch dressing and croutons - WHAT was I thinking?! Also, I wouldn't eat desserts with fruit in them, and now I actually prefer them. So funny. The one thing that will never change, however, is my hated for bananas and olives.

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    1. It sounds like you changed for the better! You're so healthy! I love bananas and olives. :( Not together.

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  6. This looks amazinggg! And Taleggio is the BEST. I used to work at a wine and cheese place in STL and would always sneak tastes of Taleggio whenever I could.

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    1. Oh I know! So creamy. Heyy where did you work?

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  7. This is so pretty!!! And sounds totally cheesy amazing :)

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  8. This pie looks so yummy with all that gooey cheese. So pretty too with the pasta pattern! I am a much more adventurous eater than when I was a kid. But I won't eat a lot of the foods I used to love as a kid and there ate some I've hated my entire life.

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    1. That's true. I used to eat ramen noodles when I was a kid and I don't eat those anymore!

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  9. Now this is exactly the kind of pie I need in my life! So cheesy creamy delicious!

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  10. I didn't like hamburgers either growing up unless they were cooked on the grill and had that chargrilled taste to them. I didn't like too many dishes made with ground beef actually. I didn't like avocados either. I didn't like most creamy foods. I liked milk,ice cream, and cheese, but the cheese had to be COLD. I hated dishes with melted cheese. I was the weird kid who avoided pizza, grilled cheese, and mac and cheese until she was in middle school.

    I would have hated this dish as a kid, but you can bet I would love it now. I'm gaining 10 pounds just reading this post - in the best way possible!

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    1. Haha you're so funny. I think I liked my meat charbroiled when I was a kid, too.

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  11. this looks like one incredible pie :) yum!!

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  12. that is such a cool idea! it looks awesome

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  13. This rigatoni pie sounds delicious and looks beautiful! What a great cook to impress dish! I plan on being impressive very soon. :)

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  14. Hi! I found your blog a few days ago and I couldn't resist to try this pie. I had to change some things because I could not find them here in Santiago de Compostela (Spain). However it was delicious!
    If you want, you can check my version on my blog. Obviously, I mentioned and linked the recipe to your blog. Hope you like it!

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  15. I love everything about this recipe..except I might eat the whole thing! but the best part? that photo of you! cutie!

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