Mostaccioli Recipe
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Mostaccioli Recipe

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Even though we're not Italian, this rich, cheesy pasta dish is a "family tradition" for holidays and special occasions. I was delighted the first time I tried this mostaccioli recipe—it has all the flavor of lasagna without the work of layering the ingredients. Try it…I'm sure it'll become one of your family's favorites, too! —Nancy Mundhenke, Kinsley, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1 pound uncooked mostaccioli
  • 1-1/2 pounds bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 jar (28 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces each) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 386 calories, 18g fat (9g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 747mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Crumble sausage into a Dutch oven. Cook over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and pasta. In a large bowl, combine the egg, ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese.
  2. Spoon half of the pasta mixture into a greased shallow 3-qt. baking dish; layer with cheese mixture and remaining pasta mixture.
  3. Cover and bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160°. Uncover; top with Romano cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Mostaccioli in Country December/January 1990, p49

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Damado88 User ID: 8848943 247730
Reviewed May. 1, 2016

"We really loved this once we put our own spin on it. I added chopped up spinach, sweet peppers and onions. I also added thyme, oregano, garlic and salt just because we feel store bought sauce is kind of plain. I also used hamburger instead of sausage because I'm not a fan of it. Wish I had bought more sauce for it though. I still give it 4 stars even though we added quite a bit because I still liked it plain while my husband likes with more flavors."

ardy bare User ID: 4495741 245162
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2016

"we loved this! will make again"

tstreich User ID: 1042559 243102
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2016

"My family really liked this and I liked how easy it came together. I used a good Italian turkey sausage (nobody knew but me and nobody noticed - love that when it happens). As others mentioned, I did increase the sauce a bit (another 1/2 jar and served the other 1/2 at the table). I also had extra mozzarella that I sprinkled on top while it baked. We will definitely make this again when the mood hits for pasta (which is often). It made alot! More than I expected, so for 4 of us we'll be having a leftover night this week unless I freeze it."

missdc User ID: 5915326 240355
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

"This recipe tastes so much like lasagna but so much less work. I used only 1 lb.ground turkey with my regular seasonings ......sauce was just enough...used 3/4 lb. pasta or else this would have been dry....topped with mozzarella cheese. Delicious....will use this recipe regularly."

_nlfPA User ID: 1879224 239248
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2015

"This is absolutely delicious if you love Italian food you will love this dish.

The only thing different I did, was to add 1 (8 oz.) can mushrooms, drained and changed from ricotta cheese to cottage cheese.
Nancy Foust FE"

jenmaro User ID: 497457 228950
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

"This was really good. I would add another jar of spaghetti sauce as it was fairly dry. I used a chicken breakfast sausage to make it healthier and that was good. It made a bigger amount than I expected but that was good and we had some leftovers and some to share. I made this from TOH's Italian magazine from the store. I think the prep was a bit longer than stated as sometimes happens."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 15070
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2014

"Sooooooo good and easy!!!!!!!"

hunkydoriest User ID: 4515323 38310
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"Delicious. Tasted like lasagna, but much easier and quicker to assemble."

mystique054 User ID: 1045242 201579
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2012

"The kids loved it!"

linsvin User ID: 1584655 13627
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"I loved how easy it was to put together. The flavor truly was like having lasagna without all the prep. I used a good bulk italian sausage which I think was the magic ingredient. Next time I think I'll try sprinkling mozzerella cheese on top too!"

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