Tom's birthday was last month, and as tradition, he got a labor-intensive meal as his gift. Cooking instead of getting something material is also great since I'm unemployed!
I don't remember where I first saw Rigatoni Pie, but Tom has always wanted it. I usually would defer the idea since it's pretty labor intensive, but as it's a gift, I decided it was worth the extra effort.
Using a Martha recipe, I embellished the meat sauce to my liking. I also injected EVERY NOODLE with seasoned ricotta cheese. The recipe calls for a 9" springform, but as I only have a 10", I used an extra half pound of pasta. My back killed me when I was done, but it looks like a pasta birthday cake, and it was totally delish. I'll definitely make this again for special days.