My Famous 'Baked' Mostaccioli
This is a recipe that I have been tinkering around with since January 26th, 1986 ("Super Bowl XX"... Da Bears!) It was my first attempt (as a young adult) to create a recipe. I've changed it a lot over the years. I've been told that it is pretty much perfect, so I stopped playing with the recipe about 15 years ago. It is requested for any get-together that I attend (hence the name... "Rosie, bring your famous mostaccioli"). I've easily doubled or tripled this recipe to feed up to 50+ people at the local shelter or at huge parties. This is also a great recipe because you can make the entire batch, and then freeze half or all of it (before baking) to have a ready made dinner with only baking time involved. (*Note: This recipe makes about 10 lbs). I hope you enjoy my recipe.
- Ready In:
- 2hrs 5mins
- 1 (1 lb) box mostaccioli noodles
- 1 1⁄2 lbs ground beef
- 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
- 1⁄4 - 1⁄2 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!
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DELICIOUS!!!! I don't typically write recipe reviews because typically I am disappointed. I feel as though no one else has similar taste buds to mine. Dishes that are rated high usually are terrible and bland! NOT THIS RECIPE!!!! Some friends were in Chicago and brought home some Italian beef from Portillo's. Being in charge of a side dish, I looked at their menu and this is what matches! I have never even heard of this stuff. Skeptical, I made it. (I used spicy Italian sausage links...I like heat). I brought it to the party and even the mid-westerners were blown away. Anyway, MAKE THIS DISH. This will be going into our winter rotation with a nice big salad. Yummmeroo. My mouth is watering jus thinking about this recipe.2Reply