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Baked Mostaccioli

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Do you need a dish that ANYONE will eat? No matter how picky they may be? I know picky eaters; I married one. This dish may be one of his favorites. It is one of those meals that claims to be Italian but is really what American Midwesterners think Italian might be like. But hey, let’s be honest. When Americans imagine what other cultures’ foods might be like, they come up with some pretty darn good dishes. California Sushi Roll, anyone?

Depending on where you go or who cooks this for you it could be called a number of things: mostaccioli, baked ziti. Call it what you will it is pretty good. Another good thing? It makes leftovers so lunch the next day is covered.

Baked Mostaccioli


  • 1 pound ground beef, I sometimes do half beef, half pork
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jar (1 pound 10 ounces) pasta sauce
  • pinch basil
  • pinch oregano
  • 1 package (16 ounces) ziti noodles
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

Prepare noodles according to package. Cook the beef and garlic in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until the beef is well browned. Drain fat. Stir in the pasta sauce, basil and oregano. Let simmer 10 minutes. Stir in ½ cup of mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, and parmesan. Pour mixture into a 13x9x2 baking dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.


About Meg

I stress-bake, a lot. When I'm not doing that I'm an Episcopal priest, wife, and mom. Have a recipe that just might lower my blood pressure or at least make my house smell good? I'd love to try it!

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