What Are Mostaccioli Noodles?

The entire family will adore this simple baked mostaccioli recipe, which combines tender pasta with a hearty Italian meat sauce and is then topped with a decadent mixture of creamy ricotta, Parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses.

This scenario, where your entire family is starving on a Tuesday night, is all too familiar. You desire a quick and simple meal that isn’t available at a drive-through. What’s a parent to do when they’re hungry and exhausted? Baked Mostaccioli, of course!

This incredibly straightforward Italian baked pasta dish is packed with flavor, cheese, and protein to keep you feeling satisfied. The mostaccioli itself is tender and perfectly clings to the sauce, while the cheeses and hearty meat sauce produce an irresistibly savory flavor.

Penne mostaccioli, also known as “small mustaches,” has the exact same shape as penne pasta but lacks a ridged exterior. It works well in salads, casseroles, and stir-fries just like penne. The Campania region of southern Italy is where the shape originated.

This decadent, cheesy pasta dish is a “family tradition” for holidays and special occasions, despite the fact that we are not Italian. When I first tried this mostaccioli recipe, I was thrilled because it has all the flavor of lasagna without the effort of layering the ingredients. Try it; I’m sure your family will love it too! —Nancy Mundhenke, Kinsley, Kansas


  • In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the chorizo, ground beef and Italian sausage. until browned then transfer the meats to plate and set it aside.
  • Next, add olive oil and butter to the skillet Allow the butter to melt before adding the onion and garlic. Sauté for five minutes or until the onion is translucent.
  • Then, stir in the marinara sauce, water and pasta into the skillet. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked to al dente.
  • Return the meats to the skillet. Add the mozzarella, Parmesan, Asiago, and Gruyere cheeses to the pasta mixture. Stir to combine all the ingredients until the cheeses are melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Garnish the pasta with the parsley before serving.
  • What Are Mostaccioli Noodles?

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