Savor the Essence of Italy: Baked Mostaccioli Perfection

Introduction: Embark on a culinary journey where tradition meets comfort, and taste buds are treated to a symphony of flavors. Today, we delve into the realm of baked pasta, focusing on the beloved Baked Mostaccioli. Renowned for its hearty flavors, gooey cheese, and rich tomato sauce, this dish is not just a feast for the palate but also a spectacle for the eyes, making it a cherished favorite in family gatherings and festive occasions.

Table of Contents:

  • Savory Baked Mostaccioli: A Classic Family Favorite Recipe
  • Time to Indulge: Recipe Overview
  • Ingredients List
  • Culinary Adventure: Step-by-Step Guide
  • A Feast for the Senses

Savory Baked Mostaccioli: A Classic Family Favorite Recipe

Introduction: Every Sunday, my grandmother would gather the family for a heartwarming meal, and her Baked Mostaccioli, brimming with love and cheesy goodness, became our cherished tradition. This recipe pays homage to her, blending tradition with a taste that evokes the feeling of home.

Time to Indulge: Recipe Overview

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Servings: 6 to 8

Ingredients List:

  • 1 pound Mostaccioli pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef or Italian sausage
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar of marinara sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh basil for garnish (optional)

Culinary Adventure: Step-by-Step Guide

1. Preheat Oven and Prep Ingredients:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) to ensure a perfectly baked dish with a golden-brown cheese topping.
  • While the oven preheats, prepare your ingredients for a harmonious melding of flavors.

2. Cook the Pasta:

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