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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Rigatoni Gigante





This pasta shape intrigued me! It was essentially rigatoni, only bigger! I took the Italian flavored meat loaf I had left, and broke it up into little pieces.. I mixed it with a red pasta sauce, and simmered while I grated Romano and Parmesan cheese. I sliced some lightly smoked Provolone and topped the pasta red sauce mix with all these cheeses. Baked for 30 minutes at 350F, it was a classic Italian flavored dish that was quite filling!

39 comments:

Shelly Rayedeane said...

I love cheese!

Yummmmmmm!

Mona said...

Its four in he morning here and I'm hungry as hell & I come here & then???

TORTURE!!!!

doen't that look divine!

buffalodick said...

Shelly- First time I didn't have to add Mozzarella!
Mona- What are you doing up at that hour? Plenty left...

Ily said...

Filling and delicious. Smoked provolone sounds interesting.

Marjie said...

I'm not a big fan of pasta, but I have a houseful who vote otherwise. This looks good.

buffalodick said...

Ily- Lightly smoked! Not as moist as Mozzarella, but more flavor!
Marjie- Easy, and the pasta was a large part of the texture...

Brian Miller said...

yum...you never cease to amaze...meatloaf to pasta...hmm...just may have to try...

Helene said...

wow yum... this is not a good site to visit as I am dieting! lol I can almost smell that pasta! =]]

Velva said...

This is a perfect grwon-up comfort food. Delicious!

Velva said...

oooops, spelling error. I meant to type "grown-up" not "grwon- up"..

Chris said...

Rigatoni lasagna, I love it!

A Year on the Grill said...

wow... meatloaf leftovers... who would know, this is terrific

A Year on the Grill said...

wow... meatloaf leftovers... who would know, this is terrific

blueviolet said...

Oh geez, that looks outrageously delicious!

Chef E said...

Gosh how I love pasta, but with HBP I have to watch it...yours makes me want to cheat on the eating! This is one pasta I have never tried yet, not even stuffed manicotti here in the land of Italian...

buffalodick said...

Brian- We were going to Sam's Club today..I used what was left in the house!
Helene- Diets aren't allowed between T-day and New Year's!!!!
Velva- Kids would like it too!
Chris- Same flavors, different shape!
Griller- Sauce should have been a bit thinner- to get into the rigatoni..
Chef- First time user myself..shells could be stuffed to make it meat free- but not cheese free!
BlueV- Kind of a can't miss dish..

Just telling it like it is said...

I once saw a salmon mouse placed in this type of pasta...I'm not sure I would like salmon mouse but I definetly think I would like this dish!!!(cream sauce)

Eternally Distracted said...

It always amazes me when I read your posts. i click on the 'buffalodick' link and always expect some macho rant...and here you are, talking about lovely pasta! Nice post.

UBERMOUTH said...

Can one eat the pasta tubes individually or do they all melt into a lasagna like consistency?

highlandsranchfoodie said...

Wow, that sounds good! Love cheesy, beefy pasta anything! Thanks for the post BD

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

YUM!! Those are Princess Nagger's and hubby's favorite noodles! :)

buffalodick said...

Darngirl- Had a typical pasta, red sauce, and beef taste- but the rigatoni had a nice texture..
EnternallyD- I hold my rants down to twice a year, but I eat everyday!
Uber- Not as big as Manicotti tubes, this was somewhere in between!
Highlander- Went to Sam's Club yesterday- some good food will be coming!

TavoLini said...

Looks excellent! I'm all about buying odd shaped pasta. I have these oversize macaroni that I'm wondering what to do with :)

buffalodick said...

Stacy- I would change a couple of things, but not much..

buffalodick said...

Tavolini- I had that pasta longer than I care to tell you before I tried this!

Akelamalu said...

OK I want some, send it NOW! ;)

Pam said...

Melted cheese is always good. Always.

Barbara said...

Looking good, BD. A meatloaf pasta.
With extra cheese. Love it. ( I can eat melted cheese all by itself!)

The Blonde Duck said...

I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEE pasta and cheese and meatloaf...(faints)

Jen said...

Gigante, what can I say? Bigger is quite often better ;)

buffalodick said...

Ake- Would that I could!
Pam- I am a cheese junkie...
Barb- I do, when no one is watching!
BlondeD- Hits all our buttons, doesn't it?
Jen- The pasta came through as a stand alone flavor!

Jeanne said...

My first husband was second-generation Italian, so I've been around a lot of Italian cuisine, but I've never seen rigatoni on that scale before!

buffalodick said...

Jeanne- Me either, but it was pretty good!

pinknest said...

Wow, that is giant! Which just means more cheese!! I approve.

buffalodick said...

We finished it up Monday night!

Katherine Aucoin said...

You are very creative at re-purposing leftovers into a whole new dish. I am intrigued!!!

buffalodick said...

Katherine- I do my best work when cornered! I think on my feet, I don't plan too much. Problem solving is the World's way to make me focus! I'm not a cheapskate, nor do I have a plan to feed the world- but I really approach left-overs as a problem to be solved- lest good food go into the trash.. Food is an easy thing to obtain in our country, but I just hate to throw food out, because I did not respect for it's life-giving qualities other folks would want food for in the first place.. This Christmas, please give to your local food banks- 10 bucks to you is a good meal for many folks that don't have much..
I know you have a big heart, and a kind soul- and I know you will do something to help!
I love the line in the song "Feed
the World, let them know it's Christmas time"..
Next post will be a Mini-Meme about this!

doggybloggy said...

whoa nelly thats a big pasta - I bet it was some mighty good eats!

JihadGene said...

Boy, that would fill anybody up! Good, too!