Baked Lamb Rigatoni - Superior Farms

Baked Lamb Rigatoni


July 21, 2023

Recipe provided by "Fig & Olive Platter" 

Courtesy of American Lamb Board

  • Yields: 7 Servings


1 lb American Ground Lamb

2-3 tbsp olive oil

1 medium yellow Onion (diced)

3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 large Carrot, grated

1 cup of vegetable stock

24 ounces of Tomato Puree

2 tsp tomato paste

16 ounces of Rigatoni Pasta

2/3 cup of heavy cream

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan, (add more cheese to your liking)

10 ounces of fresh Mozzarella, (add more cheese to your liking)

Fresh parsley or basil for garnish

bay leaf


Salt to taste

Black pepper to taste

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp ground paprika

1/2 tbsp of dried Italian seasoning, (add more or less to your liking)

2 tsp red crushed pepper, (adjust spice to your liking)

To Garnish

Fresh Parsley or Basil


1In a medium pot or Dutch oven, over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the ground lamb. Break up the lamb with a wooden spoon and cook for about 10 minutes or until it is no longer pink and some of its liquid has evaporated. Remove the lamb from the pot and set aside. Now add the onion, garlic and stir. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.

2Add the carrots, turmeric, paprika and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the vegetables begin to get golden. Add back the lamb, red crushed pepper and cook for another 5 minutes.

3Add in the tomato paste and stir. Pour the tomato puree, vegetable stock, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat to low -medium and allow to simmer, partly covered, for about 30 minutes. Make sure to stir occasionally.

4Once cooked, taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.

5Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.

6Cook the pasta in salted boiling water, 2 minutes shy of the package directions. Drain the pasta.

7Assembling the Baked Lamb Rigatoni:

8Pour back the drained pasta in a large pot. Pour some of the lamb sauce over the drained pasta and mix thoroughly.

9Layer 1/2 of the pasta and lamb sauce mixture in a large casserole dish and pour half of the heavy cream and sprinkle with half the cheeses (parmesan and mozzarella). Repeat the layers. Top with dried oregano and black pepper.

10Cover the dish with foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes. At the end of the baking time, remove the foil and bake for another 5 minutes until light golden brown and bubbling on top. Garnish with fresh parsley or basil and serve hot.


1USDA recommends ground lamb reach an internal temperature of 160F