I made this for Sunday dinner today, and it was excellent. I could not easily get ground pork, so I substituted with two mild Italian sausages removed from the casing. Also I did not have plain bread crumbs, so I used an open container of Italian seasoned ones, which seemed to work out just fine.
I did have to add a touch more water at the end, because some of the rigatoni tubes did not get fully covered in liquid during baking. And I added 25 more minutes of cooking time to compensate.
Use your favorite marinara sauce, and I do not think you will be disappointed.
I loved this. Turned out wonderfully. I am not salt sensitive but next time I would forgo the 1tsp salt sprinkled over the sauce. Smidge too salty. Pasta was cooked well as were the meatballs. I’ll admit to being very pleasantly surprised.
I didn't have fresh basil so I used dried and I used Italian seasoned bread crumbs in place of plain crumbs. Excellent and easy.
Great recipe! Very easy to make and delicious dish. I followed it exactly as written and it turned out great. The final broiling at the end leaves nice little crunchy bits on the pasta on top...so good! It took me 20 minutes to prep and a little over an hour for the baking. Turned out great and I would definitely make it again.