Kickin’ Baked Rigatoni

Pasta has always been one of my favorite comfort foods, and today I’m sharing a really great recipe with all of you that my family raved about. When the opportunity came along to try out a new recipe using PAM®, one of the staples in my kitchen for many years, I was eager to try it out. We had a few recipes to choose from and this spicy cheesy rigatoni bake sounded just perfect for a family dinner. ingredients for pasta bake

I assembled the ingredients and got started on prep, and it really is a fast and easy recipe to put together. PAM® generously sent us a nice new Pyrex dish, too. In my kitchen, you can’t have too many Pyrex dishes. Pam canola spray

Spraying PAM® in the bottom of the dish ensures a no-stick dish.

Italian sausage cooking

I added a pound of hot Italian sausage in the skillet to brown. I ended up cutting the casings off and sauteeing the meat until it browned.

add onion

Add onions


And mushrooms to the mix, simmering until the meat is no longer pink.

sautee onions mushrooms and sausage

And it will look like this.

add tomatoes

Add the tomatoes, a large can of crushed tomatoes, along with 2 cans of Ro*tel. Hello, spicy! Love the kick this adds, along with the hot sausage.

mixed up

Simmer for about 15 minutes.

cooked pasta

Cooked pasta

mixed meat and tomatoes

Mix in the pound of cooked pasta. This recipe calls for rigatoni, but we already had penne, so I used that. I’m all about using what you have if it still works. add cheese

Add one cup of shredded mozzarella.

place in baking dish

Layer it all in the greased with PAM dish.

shredded mozzarella

Add the other cup or so of shredded mozzarella.

add cheese ontop


Spray aluminum foil with PAM® and place on top. Bake at 375* for about 20 minutes until heated through.

baked pasta

Out comes a cheesy pan of goodness, and let me tell you, this one is super flavorful. My whole family raved about it, and it’s definitely a keeper in the recipe file. Kale salad

We added a kale salad with fresh blueberries.

Pasta dish and salad

It was so yummy, so full of flavor! This recipe is heavy on the spicy side, which we don’t mind. With spicy Italian sausage, along with Ro*tel tomatoes, this one definitely kicks it up a notch, so be forewarned about that if heat makes you gasp. We like a little spice in our family!

Also note I did not use the Habaneros Ro*tel but 2 cans of Original, and it was plenty hot. PAM® made it easy and quick to pull together this fast and timely meal, so if you want to speed up cooking time, give it a try. No-stick and quick clean up too, PAM® works for you in the kitchen.

Kickin’ Baked Rigatoni

PAM® Original no-stick cooking spray

1 pkg. (16 oz.) dry rigatoni pasta, uncooked

1 lb. Italian pork sausage links, casings removed

1 medium onion, chopped

1 pkg. (8 oz.) sliced fresh mushrooms

1 can (28 oz.) Hunt’s crushed tomatoes

2 cans (10 oz. each) Ro*tel Hot diced tomatoes, with Habaneros, undrained

2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 375*. Spray 13×9 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, cook sausage, onion and mushrooms in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until sausage is crumbled and no longer pink, stirring frequently; drain. Add both crushed and undrained tomatoes to sausage mixture; mix well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Drain pasta, return to pan. Add sausage mixture and 1 cup cheese, mix lightly. Spoon into dish, top with remaining 1 cup cheese. Cover with aluminum foil sprayed lightly with cooking spray, sprayed-side down. Bake 20 minutes or until hot.

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That gets my attention because washing dishes is definitely not my favorite chore. You’ll have more time to enjoy those family meals instead of dealing with clean-up. And that’s a good thing! Whatever you are cooking, PAM® helps you pull it off. Even better than before!

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  1. This is really basic, but I love Pam for baking muffins, which I do at least on a weekly basis. I don’t like to use the paper cups, I just spray my muffin tins with Pam! Thanks so much!

  2. Eggs! Works great!

  3. I use Pam on my banana muffins and bread. Works great

  4. This meal sounds so easy and looks so good!

    I use PAM for all my baking. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Just wanted to let you know that you only listed 1 can of rotel tomatoes in the written recipe and said 2 cans in the demonstration.

    Not being critical….just trying to help you out! I am going to make this tomorrow….having leftovers tonight!


  6. I use PAM for just about everything! I’ll be using it today when I make jumbo mocha chocolate chip muffins.

  7. I use PAM all the time, really. It makes quesadillas easy and helps with clean up after baking!

  8. This looks incredible! I’ll have to make it sometime!!


  9. PAM is always right there within reach in my kitchen. I’m a southern cook and when baking my cornbread I always spray my iron skillet with PAM and preheat in the oven before adding my batter. Works every time!

  10. I used Pam every single day. I even use it to spray the water before I cook pasta. It prevents the pasta from sticking together. I also use it on my hands when I am kneading bread or spreading out dough by hand. It keeps the dough from sticking to my hands. I have used it on a zipper that won’t go up and down. I couldn’t cook (or function) without it.

  11. I use it to spray on top of taquitos. I spray the tops of them and they brown nicely in the oven.

  12. Yum! That looks delicious! We love pasta dishes here, too. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Heather Spooner says:

    I use Pam to help my cakes from sticking in the pans. Love the stuff! Never bake without it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Elizabeth H says:

    We use Pam for everything. Works great for over easy eggs for my DH. Love your recipe today and the salad is wonderful. You guys cook the best stuff!!

  15. I use PAM all the time.. this morning I used it for my eggs..

  16. I like using PAM when baking cakes!

  17. I love to use Pam all the time, but especially to make omelets!

  18. I love Pam for quesadillas! This recipe looks great.

  19. I use PAM to spray my baking sheet when cooking red potatoes with rosemary & garlic! It works great!

  20. I love to make lasagna! Mmmm.

  21. I use Pam for all the casserole dishes I make. Our favorite is a new recipe I found called Chicken Parmesan Casserole!!!

  22. I love PAM! It is terrific for low calorie cooking. I spray tortillas with it, slice thin tomatoes ,add fresh basil and mozzeralla chesse, bake at 375 degrees til edges are crisp and cheese is melted and they are great. Plus, when taking a casserole to a Pot Luck, spray your cover (foil or wrap) with Pam and the topping doesn’t stick to it. LOVE THAT PAM!

  23. My favorite recipe to that uses PAM is the Coconut & Red Bean sticky rice cake! I love it when nothing sticks to the pan!

  24. I use Pam all the time! I think my favorite use for Pam is on the barbecue grill when I am grilling fresh salmon. No stick and it has beautiful grill marks.

  25. Last week I was making my favorite banana nut bread and I always like to use Baker’s Joy cooking spray and sent DH to the grocery store to buy another can. I told him where to look for it, in baking aisle with cooking oil and Pam..comes back empty handed and swore it was nothing like that there. The can I had that was empty had come from Safeway, so that night I went up myself and sure enough, there was no Baker’s Joy on the shelves..lots of new Pam Products..some with flour for baking. Did you notice the new look of the Pam cans? I like it much better and it’s easier to hold and use. I ended up getting a cooking spray with flour but store brand. They are just getting all the new Pam products in our stores recently.

  26. My favorite dish to make with PAM is broccoli casserole.

  27. I use Pam spray a lot. Baked Chicken Spaghetti, muffins, corn bread, cakes, etc. You name it… I use Pam spray.

  28. I use PAM for everything…baking pans, skillet, pannini press, grill, grill basket, muffin tins, etc.

  29. April was in CT now CA says:

    I’ve always used PAM in all of my baking and it’s never let me down!

  30. I use Pam every time I bake anything! This recipe looks so good! I like spicy too, and anything with Rotel is good in my book!

  31. I always use Pam when I bake cakes, pies and breads. Soo good!

  32. Oh, my, what do I NOT use PAM for? Every casserole, omelet, frittata, and batch of brownies gets a spray first. I remember questioning a friend when she spent so much time scrubbing her pans and casserole dishes: “Don’t you know about PAM?”. I couldn’t cook or bake without it. I don’t run out of it! I always have an extra can in the pantry.

  33. gina toothe says:

    i use Pam for just about everything, but esp. for my muffin pans. No need for those baking cups 😉

  34. I use Pam products all of the time. Regular Pam cooking spray for casseroles and Pam Baking Spray for muffins, cookies, cakes. It really helps prevent the food from sticking in the pan and helps with cleanup too!

  35. i love using Pam when making crunchy salmon

  36. What did we do before Pam? My favorite use is to grease the small bowl I use most mornings to make scrambled eggs in the microwave.

  37. I use Pam for baking in the oven, spraying pans for muffins and biscuits. Would love the giveawy. The above dish looks delicious.. Will try this weekend.

  38. I make what I called Parma chicken. It’s oven fried chicken with Parmesan cheese mixed in the coating! I spray the pan with Pam first, put the chicken in and dot it with butter. Turn once and it comes out crispy every time! YUMO! ♥

  39. I actually made this last night….adapted it to what I had in the house and it was delicious. I didn’t use the Rotel, just added more tomatoes and used colby cheese and a little parmesean….The one trick I never knew was to spray the foil with Pam so it doesn’t stick to the cheese, did it and was so pleased.

  40. I use Pam almost every time I turn on my stove/oven. I never put the can away–it permanently sits on the counter next to my stove.

  41. Christina Tong says:

    I use Pam a lot for all my baking/cooking. My favorite dish to make with PAM is Ham, onion & Mushroom Omelets. It tastes good and I can flip it easily without breaking it and not sticking to the pan.


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  43. I use Pam for everything! I really spray every cooking dish with Pam before using it.

  44. Andrea Watts says:

    I love to make pancakes with Pam. Works every time.

  45. I use Pam for all my baking needs, especially corn bread

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  47. A killer omlette!

  48. Since I have just recently mastered finding the comment section consistently, I don’t even think about trying to tweet…it would just be a croak. I am going to try your recipe. I love Pam. It comes in organic too which is what I buy.

  49. I use PAM when I bake banana bread and biscuits. Can’t wait to try your recipe sounds good! thanks

  50. I like using Pam making lasagna.
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  51. your rigatoni looks soooo good! I use Pam for almost everything!
    I especially like to use it when I’m scrambling eggs

  52. I use PAM to spray my iron skillet when cooking cornbread.

  53. My blueberry pancakes and cobbler definitely need PAM!

  54. My cheesecake definitely comes out the springform pan much easier with Pam!

  55. sweet potato casserole

  56. Brownies are my favorite dish to make with Pam, definitely

  57. Becky Horn says:

    I just like to make some Lemon Garlic Chicken with Pam!!

  58. Becky Horn says:
  59. ANGEL JACKLYN says:

    I like the ‘Not Your Ordinary’ Zucchini Bread found here:

  60. ANGEL JACKLYN says:
  61. I use Pam for everything in a skillet… tonight was Pork Fried Rice. Yum!

  62. Susan Smith says:

    I use Pam when I make lasagna and baked enchiladas

  63. Susan Smith says:
  64. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I use PAM to spray my egg pan before making fried eggs or omelets. My Dad use to make a delicious Spanish Sauce using Hunt’s tomatoes to go with our omelets. He was a great cook and relied on PAM as much as his kitchen tools, I think. Thanks for the giveaway.

  65. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:
  66. any casserole I make…. thanks for a chance to win!
    And, have a GREAT day!

  67. Leann Lindeman says:

    I like to spray Pam directly on whatever meat I am fixing, right before I sprinkle on the seasonings.. it really helps it to adhere to the meat.

  68. I like PAM because I am trying to lose some weight and it is so much less caloric than coating a pan with butter or oil. We use it all the time, especially when making breakfast like scrambled eggs and pancakes. Keeps cleanup quick and easy.

  69. I use Pam to make Spinach Pie

  70. I like using Pam on my glass baking dishes for all kinds of things. Meats, roasted veggies and potatoes. Lots of great cooking starts with Pam!

  71. I use Pam to make baked macaroni and cheese!

  72. courtney b says:

    we like to make veggie omlettes!

  73. courtney b says:
  74. I use PAM for many things including baking. My favorite is when I use it to make omelette.

  75. Devona Fryer says:

    I love using Pam in place of oil or butter when making eggs over medium.

  76. Devona Fryer says:
  77. An omelet made with Pam cooking spray always comes out perfectly!

  78. I use Pam when I bake muffins and cookies.

  79. I love to make lasagna

  80. Baking a cake!

  81. Erica Best says:

    I love using pam in my stickybuns
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  82. Erica Best says:
  83. My favorite dish to make with Pam is my bacon quiche – no stick issues!!!

  84. I use Pam for a lot of my baked pasta dishes and it is amazing!

  85. I like to use Pam while baking – it makes everything come out easily!

  86. I like cooking steak with Pam, they cook awesome! sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  87. When I make pizza casserole and taco pie thanks

  88. I love making Chef Boyardee Pizza kits and it is IMPOSSIBLE to do without Pam! LOL I use it to grease my pizza pans as well as my hands to spread the dough!!

  89. I haven’t used pam before, I want to make the apple cranberry crisp
    Thanks for the recipe and giveaway.
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  90. Tuna casserole. Sticky ugly without PAM.
    Thanks for the contest.

  91. Maria Cantu says:

    My favorite dish to make using Pam is lasagna.

  92. I would definitely use Pam for a casserole like this Rigatoni

  93. ANGEL JACKLYN says:

    I HAVE to have my PAM spray when I go to grease the pan for the brownies. I don’t know what’d I’d do without it?!

  94. Brownies are so much better using Pam!

  95. ANGEL JACKLYN says:
  96. It works great when I make Bread Pudding

  97. I always use PAM when I cook eggs!

  98. I use Pam for everything – eggs, pasta, meatloaf, baking and on and on.

  99. I like using PAM spray for my enchilada casserole and oven french toast!

  100. Lasagna, definitely. It’s either Pam or lining my dish with foil every time I bake lasagna or it will take me forever to get it clean.

  101. I always use PAM cooking spray for cornbread muffins and banana bread! 🙂

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