Authentic Baked Mostaccioli Recipe

Experience the rich flavors of Italy with this Authentic Baked Mostaccioli recipe. This classic dish combines hearty pasta, savory sauce, and gooey cheese for a comforting meal that’s perfect for any occasion.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound mostaccioli pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef or Italian sausage
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. Cook the mostaccioli pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until softened and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the ground beef or Italian sausage to the skillet, breaking it apart with a spoon, and cook until browned and cooked through.
  5. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and pepper. Simmer the sauce for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  6. Add the cooked mostaccioli pasta to the skillet with the sauce and toss to coat evenly.
  7. Transfer the pasta and sauce mixture to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese and grated Parmesan cheese evenly over the top.
  8. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  9. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  10. Garnish with fresh basil leaves, if desired, before serving.
  11. Serve hot and enjoy the comforting flavors of Authentic Baked Mostaccioli!

This recipe serves about 6-8 people, making it perfect for family dinners or gatherings with friends. Buon appetito!

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