My Famous 'Baked' Mostaccioli

Recipe by rosie316
READY IN: 2hrs 5mins
SERVES: 14-16


  • 1
    (1 lb) box mostaccioli noodles
  • 1 12
  • 3 -4
    mild Italian sausage (1 package un-cooked links)
  • 2
    tablespoons vegetable oil (more if needed)
  • 1
    medium white onion, chopped
  • 1
    large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2
    (24 ounce) cans hunts spaghetti sauce ("Traditional" flavor)
  • 2
    (6 ounce) cans hunts tomato paste
  • 14 - 12
    cup Pace Picante Sauce, to taste (Mild or Medium)
  • 2
    lbs freshly shredded mozzarella cheese (divided)
  • garlic salt, to taste
  • italian seasoning, to taste


  • Cook mostaccioli noodles according to box directions, drain and set aside.
  • Place Italian sausage links in a large, deep skillet and add enough water to go half way up sides of sausage links and add 2 tablespoons of oil. Simmer until cooked through and water is almost evaporated (about 25-30 minutes).
  • While the sausage links are simmering, in a large bowl combine the spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, picante sauce, garlic salt and Italian seasoning. Adjust seasonings to your preferred taste.
  • When all water is evaporated and links are cooked though, brown on all sides in the remaining oil in the skillet (adding more if needed). Once browned, remove from skillet and set aside.
  • Add ground beef, onion and bell pepper to the same skillet and brown the meat until just barely pink (do not over cook the beef). Drain any excess grease from the skillet with a large spoon while leaving the beef and veggies in there.
  • Slice the Italian sausage links into 1/4" thick slices and add back to the skillet.
  • Add the spaghetti sauce mixture to the skillet and gently simmer 30 minutes to blend the ingredients and flavors.
  • Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 375*F.
  • Pour the mostaccioli noodles into a large, deep aluminum baking pan (I use the big, deep rectangle, disposable ones because I don't want to wash the pan, and I'm usually asked to bring this dish to get-togethers).
  • Sprinkle half (1 pound) of the shredded mozzarella cheese over the noodles. Pour the meat and sauce from skillet over the cheese. Gently mix until all noodles are coated and cheese is incorporated thoroughly. Smooth top surface and evenly sprinkle on remaining cheese.
  • *Note: I've also used a couple of the smaller disposable pans and only bake one, while the other one I cover and freeze (without baking), to make later in the month (just thaw a bit before baking, stir, adding a touch of water if needed, then add final topping of cheese, bake).
  • Bake uncoverd on center rack for 45 minutes.
  • Serve with garlic toast, salad and Italian dressing. Enjoy!