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Baked Mostaccioli in a casserole dish
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5 from 12 votes

Baked Mostaccioli

Warm and comforting baked Mostaccioli recipe.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: baked pasta
Servings: 8
Calories: 541kcal
Author: Heather

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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Notes

  • 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. If you like a little extra seasoning, feel free to stir in 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning in with the meat sauce. 
  • Want to sneak in some vegetables? Add diced green pepper in the skillet after cooking the sausage. Let cook for 2-3 minutes to soften.  

Nutrition

Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 935mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 259mg | Iron: 2mg