Mostaccioli Recipe -
Mostaccioli Recipe
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"This versatile dish is quick, delicious and budget-friendly. I love to make my own spaghetti sauce. You can make the sauce ahead to save time. My family and I both enjoy this. I hope you do too."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr


  1. Heat the canola oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion and red pepper, and cook until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the pork sausage, cook and stir until the sausage is crumbly and browned, about 10 minutes. Drain off and discard any excess fat, then stir in the crushed tomatoes, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, sugar, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 20 to 30 minutes until the sauce has reached your desired consistency.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the penne pasta, and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the penne, then toss with the red sauce and Italian cheese blend. Stir until the cheese has melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 26, 2008

I used spicy pork sausage instead of mild because that's what I had on hand, but my family loved it like that! If you go spicy, though, be sure to serve it with cole slaw like I did;) Also, I added extra shredded cheese and onion. You can substitute the penne pasta for any type of pasta, really. I will make this versatile recipe again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 22, 2008

Made the dish as stated but did not like the type of sausage it called for with the sauce.


12 Ratings

Oct 22, 2008

Now that I think of it, I did make a few changes. I thought it just made more sence to use spicy Italian sausage. I used the whole red bell pepper (chopped)because I love it. And I only used 2 cans of tomatos. Next time I will also add some crushed garlic. Very good!

Jan 23, 2013

This was a huge hit with my family! Everyone was asking how I made the sauce. My slight variations: I put the peppers and onions into the food processor to make a smoother sauce. I used spicy sausage and I also used much more cheese. Finally, I put the whole pasta mixture in a baking dish, topped with more cheese and baked it at 325f for 20 minutes.

Nov 30, 2012

This is delicious! I followed the recipe but I added mushrooms and zucchini to it. Its my way to sneaking veggies into the meal for the kids. They loved it and no one asked me about the slightly different taste because of additions.

Apr 19, 2015

I loved it! It was very easy to make, and it didn't take a long time. Ingredients were affordable as well. I have always tried making this dish with my own recipe and others, but it always seemed to taste like spaghetti; this recipe doesn't taste like spaghetti. Happy face lol

Sep 20, 2014

Excellent!! I would cut back on salt and pepper next time...

Mar 02, 2014

Delicious! I made this recipe as printed, but used spicy Italian sausage, and a bit more cheese. Crazy easy, and tastes like you have been cooking all day.


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  • Calories
  • 311 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 40.6 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 25 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 11.6 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 4.6 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 13.9 g
  • 28%
  • Sodium
  • 772 mg
  • 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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