Prep 20 mins
Cook 50 mins
Adapted from Joyce's Fine Cooking. TNT
- 8 ounces uncooked mostaccioli pasta or 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
- 1⁄2 lb ground beef
- 1⁄2 lb bulk Italian sausage
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1⁄2 bell pepper, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes, with liquid
- 3 ounces tomato paste
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
- 1⁄2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 pinch sugar
- 1 dash black pepper
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 15 ounces ricotta cheese
- 1⁄3-1⁄2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- Cook mostaccioli until al dente in boiling salted water. Drain and set aside.
- In skillet, combine meat with onion, green pepper and garlic. Cook until meat is browned breaking up meat chunks as you go. Drain fat.
- Add all remaining ingredients to pan, except egg and cheeses.
- Bring meat sauce to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- While sauce simmers, combine egg and ricotta cheese until smooth.
- To assemble, stir cooked pasta into meat sauce.
- Place half of pasta mixture in a large casserole dish.
- Spread cheese mixture evenly over the top, then cover with remaining pasta.
- Bake, covered, at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes or until cooked through.
Made as written for Beverage Tag. Very good recipe.
Man this is awesome! I used a whole lb. of sausage and no ground beef but made everything else as written. I didn't really think it was gonna be super awesome without a ton of mozzerella but I didn't even miss it. Very important to cook your pasta al dente, I forgot and it was a little mushy after baking but that was my fault. We really loved this dish and will definitely make again. Thanks Lorie!
My girls brought there friends back from roller blading and they finished this right off. The ricotta in this is great and I really liked the kick the pepper flakes give, there are some really good flavors going there.I used a 28oz can of diced tomatoes but it was still a little dry for my taste,I'll try with tomato sauce next time I make it. Thanks