Baked Mostaccioli is a warm, delicious, comforting meal. Tubular pasta with Italian sausage and creamy cheese. This is a family favorite dinner that makes amazing leftovers.
Why you will love this baked pasta recipe
- Cheesy, meaty, the ultimate comfort food.
- Can be prepped ahead of time and baked when ready to eat.
- Makes the best leftovers! Perfect for two weeknight meals.
What is Mostaccioli
Mostaccioli is a short, diagonally cut, tube shaped pasta that is smooth on the side.
The difference between it and Ziti is that Ziti is blunt cut.
The difference between it and Penne is that Penne is ridged on the side while Mostaccioli is smooth.
Italian sausage – Choose your favorite, you could use sweet or hot. I have even used breakfast sausage.
Mostaccioli pasta – If you can’t find, substitute with penne or ziti. You can even substitute with gluten-free pasta.
Cottage cheese – I prefer using small curd. You can also substitute with Ricotta cheese.
Shredded mozzarella cheese – If possible, shred the cheese yourself. I find it melts much better than bagged, pre-shredded cheese.
Parmesan cheese – Can use grated or shredded.
Jarred marinara sauce – Choose your favorite marinara sauce.
Eggs – Helps to bind the cottage cheese and cheese together.
Fresh parsley – This adds a little green and a nice freshness to the dish. You can substitute with dried parsley.
How to make Baked Mostaccioli
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- Prepare: Cook Italian sausage in large skillet. Be sure to cook until browned and cooked through. Boil pasta according to package. Cook al dente, around 10 minutes.
- Sauce: Once the sausage has cooked. Pour in marinara sauce. Stir and turn heat to low. Let sit until ready to use.
- Filling: In a small bowl, mix together eggs, cottage cheese, 1 cup mozzarella, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, parsley, salt and pepper.
- Layer 1: Spray 9 x 13 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Layer half the sauce mixture on the bottom. Top with half the cooked pasta.
- Layer 2: Next, layer all of the cottage cheese mixture. Top with rest of the pasta, then sauce mixture, 1 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmesan.
- Bake: Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil and cook another 10 minutes.
- Be sure to cook the mostaccioli al dente since it will be baked for about 40 minutes. You don’t want to past too soft or it will fall apart.
- Use your favorite jarred or homemade sauce, I like Rao’s marinara.
How to store baked mostaccioli
Store: Let the baking dish and pasta completley cool. Cover with foil or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
Freeze: This makes a great freezer meal. Make the dish according to instructions BUT do not bake. Cover with plastic wrap and then foil. Store in freezer for 3 months.
Reheat: This dish makes wonderful leftovers. Cover with foil and bake for 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or warm in the microwave. If reheating from frozen, let thaw in the refrigerator and then reheat in oven.
More pasta recipes
- Green pasta sauce – This sauce is a great alternative to marinara. Made with spinach, it’s nutritious and delicious.
- Sour cream beef noodle bake – Cheesy, pasta bake that is always a hit.
- Fiesta chicken casserole – Made with chicken, black beans and more. A tasty spin on pasta casserole.
- Supreme pizza casserole – Filled with all the favorite supreme pizza toppings.
- Skillet hamburger casserole – Made on the stove, this is an easy weeknight meal.
- Buttered noodles – The perfect, easy side dish.
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- 1 lb box mostaccioli pasta
- 1 lb ground Italian sausage
- 1 24-28 oz jar marinara sauce
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Brown Italian sausage in a large skillet over medium heat. While sausage is cooking, boil pasta according to package. (Around 10 minutes.) Drain pasta once finished cooking.
- Once sausage is finished cooking, pour in marinara and stir the sausage to combine. Let sit on low heat until ready to use.
- In a bowl, stir together cottage cheese, eggs, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, salt and pepper.
- Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Add half the sauce mixture and spread over bottom of casserole dish.
- Top with half the cooked pasta. Top with ALL of the cottage cheese mixture.
- Top with remaining pasta, remaining sauce, 1 cup mozzarella and 1 cup Parmesan. Cover dish in foil and bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove baking dish from oven and remove foil. Finish baking for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.