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Easy Baked Mostaccioli

Easy Baked Mostaccioli

Mostaccioli is a hearty baked pasta that’s perfect for a weeknight dinner. Essentially an easier lasagna made with penne. Top it with plenty of cheese and you’ll soon have a new favorite to add to the rotation.

12 ounces mostaccioli or penne
1 pound lean ground beef
1 large onion diced
3 cloves garlic minced
28 ounces marinara sauce
14 ounces diced tomatoes undrained
½ cup water
1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
¼ cup parmesan cheese shredded

Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×13 pan.
Cook pasta according to package directions in salted water until al dente. Do not overcook.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan brown ground beef, onion, and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
Stir in marinara sauce, diced tomatoes, water, Italian seasoning, and sugar. Simmer 5 minutes. Stir in heavy cream and simmer an additional 5 minutes or until thickened.
Spread 1 cup of sauce in the bottom of the prepared pan. Add half of the cooked pasta and top with half of the remaining sauce.
Add remaining pasta, top with remaining sauce and cheeses.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until hot and the cheese is lightly browned.
Recipe Notes
Do not overcook the pasta as it will cook more in the oven.
Substitute Italian sausage (or your favorite any ground meat for beef.
For a vegetarian or meatless version, mix in a combination of diced veggies like chopped spinach, onions, diced zucchini, sliced mushrooms, and/or eggplant.


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Laura J. Boss

Meet Laura J. Boss, a passionate blogger and cooking enthusiast who loves to experiment with different recipes and cuisines from around the world. Born and raised in a small town, I grew up watching my mother cook and developed a keen interest in the art of cooking from an early age.After completing my education, I decided to pursue my passion for cooking and started my own food blog. My blog features a wide range of recipes, from traditional family favorites to fusion dishes that I have created myself. My blog has gained a huge following, with many of my readers trying out my recipes and sharing their own cooking experiences.When I am not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, I enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures. I believe that food is an important part of every culture, and love to learn about new ingredients and cooking techniques from around the world.Through my blog, I aim to inspire and encourage others to cook and experiment with different flavors and ingredients. I believe that cooking is not just about making delicious meals, but also about sharing love and creating memories with family and friends.Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, my blog has something for everyone. So why not give my recipes a try and discover the joy of cooking for yourself?