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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
    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 shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese


  • 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.
  • Spoon half of the pasta mixture into a greased shallow 3-qt. baking dish; layer with cheese mixture and remaining pasta mixture.
  • Cover and bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Uncover; top with Romano cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 386 calories, 18g fat (9g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 747mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein.

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  • Melinda
    Oct 31, 2018

    Made this for dinner last night, and this was delicious!! I did add extra sauce after reading some of the other comments, and I’m glad I did! It would’ve been too dry for my liking. Other than that, I followed the directions as is and I will definitely make this again!

  • Damado88
    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
    Mar 9, 2016

    we loved this! will make again

  • tstreich
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Apr 12, 2014

    Sooooooo good and easy!!!!!!!

  • hunkydoriest
    Feb 27, 2013

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

  • mystique054
    Apr 23, 2012

    The kids loved it!