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Pasta Bake with Rao's Sauce

Cheese and Pasta in a Pot

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: stove to oven
  • Cuisine: italian


  • 1 lb. of hamburger
  • 1 jar of favorite spaghetti sauce (I prefer Rao’s or Prego)
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1/2 lb. of medium shell pasta (or elbow, penne)
  • 116 oz. tub of sour cream
  • 1/2 lb. of sliced provolone cheese
  • 1/2 lb. of shredded mozzarella


  1. Add 6-8 cups of water in a large pot and bring to a boil. 
  2. In a skillet, brown the ground beef and onions together. Drain the fat if needed.
  3. Pour red sauce into the skillet with the ground beef and onions. 
  4. Using a Microplane, grate the garlic over the skillet.
  5. Stir in Italian seasoning and red wine.
  6. Allow this to simmer for 20 minutes (or while your pasta boils!).
  7. While the sauce is simmering, boil your pasta to just below al dente. (Preheat the oven now too! 350˚)
  8. Once the pasta is cooked, drain really well.
  9. While your pasta drains, get out the provolone and mozzarella cheese, and sour cream. 
  10. In your greased baking dish, add half the noodles.
  11. Top the noodles with half the red sauce.
  12. Top with provolone cheese slices.
  13. Spread sour cream over the provolone cheese.
  14. Pour the rest of the noodles on top of the sour cream.
  15. Top with red sauce.
  16. Sprinkle mozzarella on top.
  17. Cover with foil or a lid, and bake for 25-35 minutes at 350˚.
  18. During the last 5-8 minutes, remove the top and allow the cheese to brown and bubble. (You may need to crank your broiler on for a couple of minutes!)
  19. Allow this to sit on the counter for 15 minutes before scooping and serving!

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