is a classic Italian-American dish that features pasta baked in a rich and savory tomato sauce, layered with cheese and often mixed with Italian sausage or ground beef. Here’s a delicious recipe for Baked Mostaccioli:


  • 1 lb (450g) mostaccioli pasta (or penne rigate)
  • 1 lb (450g) Italian sausage or ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional, for heat)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves, chopped (for garnish, optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray or butter.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, cook the Italian sausage or ground beef over medium heat until browned and cooked through, breaking it up into crumbles with a spoon. Remove any excess grease.
  4. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the skillet with the cooked meat. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the onion is softened and translucent.
  5. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, dried oregano, dried basil, crushed red pepper flakes (if using), salt, and pepper. Simmer the sauce for 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  6. Combine the cooked pasta and the tomato sauce in a large mixing bowl, tossing until the pasta is evenly coated.
  7. Transfer half of the pasta mixture to the prepared baking dish, spreading it out into an even layer. Sprinkle half of the shredded mozzarella cheese and grated Parmesan cheese over the pasta.
  8. Repeat with the remaining pasta mixture and cheese, creating another layer.
  9. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the edges are golden brown.
  11. Let the Baked Mostaccioli cool for a few minutes before serving. Garnish with chopped fresh basil leaves, if desired.
  12. Serve hot and enjoy this comforting and flavorful dish!

Astuces (Tips):

  • Feel free to customize the recipe by adding other ingredients such as sliced mushrooms, bell peppers, or olives.
  • You can also use different types of cheese, such as provolone or ricotta, for added flavor.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven before serving.


Baked Mostaccioli is a hearty and satisfying meal that is perfect for family dinners or potluck gatherings. With its flavorful tomato sauce, gooey melted cheese, and tender pasta, this dish is sure to become a favorite in your recipe repertoire. Try making it for your next dinner and watch it disappear in no time!

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