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Baked mostaccioli casserole covered in cheese on white plate

Baked Mostaccioli

Baked Mostaccioli or penne pasta makes a classic cheesy casserole with Italian sausage and lots of mozzarella. This easy recipe is budget-friendly and makes an easy family dinner.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Baked Mostaccioli, Classic Baked Pasta Casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 401kcal
Author Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life


  • White Baking Dish
  • Stock Pot
  • 12-Inch Skillet


  • 1 pound mostaccioli or penne pasta
  • 1 pound Italian sausage lean ground beef can be substituted
  • 32 ounces pasta sauce
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • parsley chopped


  • Brown meat and drain any fat. Prepare pasta as package directs.
  • In a large bowl combine pasta, sausage, pasta sauce and 2 cups cheese. Mix well.
  • Spread into greased 13x9 inch baking dish; cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes at 350°F or until hot and bubbly.
  • Uncover and top with remaining cheese and parsley. Bake 5 - 10 minutes longer or until cheese melts.


  • Ground beef, shredded chicken or small pieces of chicken can be substituted for the sausage
  • 4 cups of pasta sauce is 32 ounces
  • Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 - 5 days
  • One pound of pasta and meat baked in a casserole should make 12 to 15 servings


Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 909mg | Potassium: 459mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 213mg | Iron: 2mg