Ranch Pesto Rigatoni Bake {Vegetarian} | Mostly Homemade Mom

Ranch Pesto Rigatoni Bake {Vegetarian}

May 30, 2013
Rigatoni tossed in a ranch, pesto sauce and layered with diced tomatoes and mozzarella. This one tastes gourmet, but takes literally minutes to prepare!

*Note Added 3/4/14 - Welcome Simple & Delicious magazine readers! I was so excited to highlight this recipe in the April/May 2014 issue - even more weird to see my picture in there! Here is the pasta recipe featured in the issue. I hope you'll stick around and enjoy some other recipes, I'm so happy to have you here!

I'm telling you, after making this, my pantry will never be without pesto and diced tomatoes! They just pair perfectly together in many things (scroll down for more Mostly Homemade Mom ideas). How many times are you tempted to just forgo what you had planned for dinner and go with pasta and sauce? I know I am! Do this instead. It's just as easy, and the flavor is LEAPS and BOUNDS better. 

This would really be perfect to take to a potluck or even a new mom. And while I haven't tried yet, it's great for freezing. Your family will love it!

Ranch Pesto Rigatoni Bake

1 box rigatoni
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1/4 cup prepared pesto
28 oz can diced tomatoes, drained and slightly rinsed
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

Cook and drain rigatoni, return to pot. Stir in ranch dressing, pesto, diced tomatoes, and one cup shredded mozzarella. Transfer pasta to a 2 quart baking dish. Top with remaining mozzarella and parsley. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes until cheese is completely melted. *Recipe inspired by Mrs. Happy Homemaker.

This is great with a side salad and makes perfect leftovers for lunch the next day!

More tomato & pesto love from Mostly Homemade Mom:

Pesto Hoagie Melts

Tomato Pesto Pizza

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20 comments on "Ranch Pesto Rigatoni Bake {Vegetarian}"
  1. This looks fantastic!

  2. I love pesto & its one of the things I miss being here in North Africa. I must try to make some. Andrea x


  3. This looks delicious Kelly!!

  4. Thrifty Frugal MomMay 30, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    This sounds and looks so good! Adding it to my meatless meal list to try this summer.

  5. This sounds really tasty!

  6. This looks delicious! I have a busy week coming up and this looks like the perfect quick, simple, but satisfying dinner! Pinned:)

  7. nom nom nom....looks sooooooo good! Thanks for sharing at the Pin Me party ~ Pin'd! =) Marcy @ day2day SuperMom

  8. YUM! I'm so glad we found your blog!! Thanks for linking up with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend!

    Sue @thet2women.com

  9. Mareli Lim-Evora DabiJune 3, 2013 at 4:03 AM

    Hello Kelly,
    Your dish brought me here, You have awesome recipes and I love to be here.I am your newest follower. Thanks for sharing.I write about Filipino Fusion Food.

  10. I'm so happy to have you here, Mareli!

  11. Andrea, that stinks that you can't find pesto in North Africa. It's so easy to make though, try it sometime! :)

  12. I'd love to but Parmesan is silly money here too! I'm going to bring some back with me next time I go home! :) Ax

  13. Is that supposed to be (2) 8 oz cans of diced tomatoes?

  14. Nope Maddi, it's 28oz can of diced tomatoes. If you want to dial it back, you could substitute a 16oz can but I think the tomatoes are a real highlight in this casserole. Hope that helps!

  15. I always have a jar of pesto in my house and anything you add it to turns into a delicious tasty dish:) I am going to have to give this dish a try, it looks wonderful~Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  16. Michelle HargreavesJuly 21, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Oh goodness--this is like ultimate comfort food! Pasta and ranch in the same dish? Count me in! Pinned for later. :)

  17. I started making my own basil pesto this summer. Is that what you used in this recipe, or was it tomato based? I put this on my menu for this weekend and pinned to my favorite recipe board. for what it's worth-jeannie

  18. pure comfort food! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

  19. Stopping by to let you know I will be featuring your Yummy Pesto tomorrow on Made in a Day! Thank so much for linking up!

  20. Made this tonight and everyone ate it! I have picky eaters. The 1 year old, the 4 year old, the 5 year old and the hubby! Thanks!! I always need new ideas. And this was sooo easy too. Thanks :)