Mostaccioli Supper

2013 – Gluten Free Living

Mostaccioli Supper is a delicious pasta recipe that’s so easy to make. Our family has always loved Italian dishes with meat, marinara sauce, noodles, and cheese in almost any combination imaginable. This one uses a cheddar cheese for the topping instead of the more traditional provolone, mozzarella, parmesan, or asiago cheeses. Still this is a wonderfully satisfying meal especially with the changes I’ve made to increase the flavor. While the original recipe is a good start, I found the taste rather bland so I added oregano, basil, and Italian seasoning and those spices dressed up the taste exceptionally well. Thyme, marjoram, and fennel seed would also be good additions if you have them on hand.

By now, you’ve probably realized I love Taste of Home’s Ground Beef cookbook!   The link I have here doesn’t have the  1999 Reiman publication that so many of my recipes come from. This is another delicious and satisfying recipe from that collection. You can use the American cheese slices if you wish, but I prefer real cheese and not processed cheese.

I’ve made wholesale changes to the original recipe which was titled, “Mom’s Mostaccioli.” Besides adding the spices I changed out the American cheese recommended in the recipe for real cheese. I use either cheddar, Colby-Jack, Monterey Jack, or a combination of any of these cheeses. So while Taste of Home’s recipe was the inspiration for my Mostaccioli Supper, my changes are so dramatic that you would barely recognize the original.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy ground beef casserole recipe that’s kid friendly, consider trying out this simple recipe. It’s a great go-to recipe for days when you have to whip up something quickly and then stash it in the oven where you don’t have to be checking it constantly, like you would for stove-top meals. My version of this recipe is gluten free because I used gluten free noodles. If you don’t have gluten intolerance regular wheat noodles will obviously work as well. Because the casserole is layered, the cheese is mixed in with each layer which allows for a really rich, cheesy taste and texture. Our family enjoys this recipe and hope you will too.

When I initially posted this recipe in June 2012, it was the very early days of my blog. My pictures back then were of such poor quality as to be embarrassing! I recently remade this recipe for our family, updating the recipe as well as the pictures, so you can have a better depiction of what this casserole is supposed to look like.

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Mostaccioli Supper is such a tasty pasta dish. I have used this recipe with almost any kind of noodle but it works exceptionally well with ziti and tubular noodles. These ones are gluten free.

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The main difference with this casserole over most Italian pasta dishes is this uses a cheddar or Colby-Jack cheese rather than mozzarella or parmesan.

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If you’re looking for a tasty, kid-friendly pasta recipe, Mostaccioli Supper is it.

 

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients.

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Brown ground beef in a large skillet. Add diced green or yellow bell pepper and onions while browning beef. Stir ingredients to combine and keep browning until cooked through. Drain off the grease.

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Add diced tomatoes, water, tomato paste, bay leaves, oregano, basil, Italian seasoning, fennel seed, salt and pepper. 

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Stir ingredients to combine and simmer over low to medium heat for about 10 minutes. After cooking through, remove bay leaves from tomato sauce mixture.

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Meanwhile, cook pasta according to directions and drain. I used gluten free noodles for this recipe. To assemble casserole: Place one-third of the cooked noodles in bottom of a glass casserole dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. 

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Spoon one-third of the tomato sauce mixture over top of the noodles.

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Sprinkle sauce with cheese.

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Repeat these 3 layers twice.

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Cover with foil so noodles don’t burn and dry out. Bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes or until cooked through.

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Mostaccioli Supper is a quick and easy casserole that’s kid friendly since a lot of kids don’t have the palate to enjoy gourmet-type foods but they enjoy these types of dishes.

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 Mostaccioli Supper is a delicious ground beef dish. It’s economical, too.

 

Here’s the recipe.

MOSTACCIOLI SUPPER

(Recipe inspired from Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook)

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This tasty Italian dish makes up a homemade meat sauce and layers the sauce with noodles and cheese. Gluten free.
Mostaccioli Supper | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this tasty layered #pasta #casserole is filled with #cheese and a homemade #marinara sauce. Uses #glutenfree #noodles.
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
Ingredients
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
Ingredients
Mostaccioli Supper | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this tasty layered #pasta #casserole is filled with #cheese and a homemade #marinara sauce. Uses #glutenfree #noodles.
Instructions
  1. In a small Dutch oven, cook beef, onion and green or yellow pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, water, bay leaves, salt, pepper and seasonings.
  3. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes; discard bay leaves.
  4. Meanwhile, cook pasta for two minutes at a rolling boil.
  5. Turn off heat.
  6. Allow noodles to stay in hot water for 15 minutes. (Noodles will continue cooking in the hot water).
  7. Drain.
  8. Spray a 9x13” baking dish with cooking spray.
  9. Layer one-third of the pasta into dish.
  10. Top with one-third the meat mixture and layer a cup of shredded cheese over top to completely cover.
  11. Repeat layers two more times.
  12. Bake, covered at 350° about 30-40 minutes until heated through.
  13. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Recipe Notes

NOTE:You can substitute Parmesan cheese for the Colby-Jack cheese if desired. Almost any kind of cheese will work although using Colby/cheddar is quite satisfying even if different from the usual Italian pasta recipes that require mozzarella or parmesan cheese.

NOTE: You can increase the seasonings to a full two teaspoonfuls each, or add thyme, minced garlic, or marjoram in amounts you desire to increase the taste if you prefer more seasoning. If you like your casseroles with a little heat, add 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes to the sauce while simmering. Check the sauce for seasoning and amp up the seasonings to your personal preference.

NOTE: Cover dish with foil before baking to prevent noodles drying out.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

 

[b]Mostaccioli Supper[/b]
Recipe Type: Pasta Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Teresa Ambra inspired from [url href=”http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/mom-s-mostaccioli” target=”_blank” title=”mom’s mostaccioli”]Taste of Home[/url]
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 10
This tasty Italian dish makes up a homemade meat sauce and layers the sauce with noodles and cheese. Gluten free.
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ lbs. lean ground sirloin
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 whole green pepper, seeded, diced (I used a yellow bell pepper)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained (Italian style is good)
  • 12-oz. can tomato paste
  • 16-oz. water
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1-2 tsp. basil, or more to taste
  • 1-2 tsp. oregano, or more to taste
  • 1-2 tsp. Italian seasoning, or more to taste
  • 1-2 tsp. fennel seed
  • 1 16-oz. box gluten free mostaccioli, cooked and drained (or substitute rotini, ziti, penne, fusilli or any pasta of your choice)
  • 12-oz. shredded Colby-Monterey Jack or sharp cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. In a small Dutch oven, cook beef, onion and green or yellow pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, water, bay leaves, salt, pepper and seasonings.
  3. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes; discard bay leaves.
  4. Meanwhile, cook pasta for two minutes at a rolling boil.
  5. Turn off heat.
  6. Allow noodles to stay in hot water for 15 minutes. (Noodles will continue cooking in the hot water).
  7. Drain.
  8. Spray a 9×13” baking dish with cooking spray.
  9. Layer one-third of the pasta into dish.
  10. Top with one-third the meat mixture and layer a cup of shredded cheese over top to completely cover.
  11. Repeat layers two more times.
  12. Bake, [u]covered[/u] at 350° about 30-40 minutes until heated through.
  13. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Notes
You can substitute Parmesan cheese for the Colby-Jack cheese if desired. Almost any kind of cheese will work although using Colby/cheddar is quite satisfying even if different from the usual Italian pasta recipes that require mozzarella or parmesan cheese.[br][br]You can increase the seasonings to a full two teaspoonfuls each, or add thyme, minced garlic, or marjoram in amounts you desire to increase the taste if you prefer more seasoning. If you like your casseroles with a little heat, add 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes to the sauce while simmering. Check the sauce for seasoning and amp up the seasonings to your personal preference.[br][br]Cover dish with foil before baking to prevent noodles drying out.

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Sprinkle additional cheese on top of individual servings of Mostaccioli Supper, if desired. I used gluten free noodles in this dish which is an ideal option for those with gluten intolerance.

Mostaccioli Supper | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this tasty layered #pasta #casserole is filled with #cheese and a homemade #marinara sauce. Uses #glutenfree #noodles.

This dish is easy to adapt to your family’s tastes. If you want the dish hotter, add about 1/8 tsp. of red pepper flakes when cooking the sauce. If you want more seasoning, increase the salt and pepper slightly, and increase the seasonings to 2 teaspoons of each (my recommendation). You may also include minced garlic, thyme or marjoram in amounts you desire to increase the flavor. Taste the tomato sauce after about 5 minutes to check for seasoning and add seasonings as you desire then.

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