Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mostaccioli Casserole Recipe

Be prepared to be amazed by my food photography….

Nate’s mom was kind enough to feed me about once a week during tax season.  I think she was secretly working with my mom.  They both worry about my lack of cooking skills.

Nate’s mom made this fantastic casserole last week.  It was so fantastic that I had to make it for Nate on Saturday night.  Well, he actually ended up making it…but I gave him the recipe.  Awesome Wife of the Year award, right here!


Mostaccioli Casserole (modified from Taste of Home)


  • 1 package (16 ounces) mostaccioli
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1-1/4 cups chopped green pepper (I skipped this because it’s a vegetable.)
  • 1 cup chopped onion (We don’t chop onions.  We use onion powder.)
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted  (mmm, secret ingredient)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided


  • Cook mostaccioli according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the beef, green pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, soup, Italian seasoning and pepper.
  • Drain mostaccioli. Add mostaccioli and 1-1/2 cups cheese to beef mixture. Transfer to two greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dishes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Cover and freeze one casserole for up to 3 months. Cover and bake the remaining casserole at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until bubbly and cheese is melted.
  • To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Yield: 2 casseroles (6 servings each).
How sweet is that?  A casserole to eat and a casserole to freeze.  Bonus!!  Write that one on the pantry doors!

Mmmmm, casserole.

Any favorite casserole recipes you would like to share?  Feel free to e-mail them or leave them in the comments!


  1. I looooove that vintage pyrex (it is vintage pyrex, right?) that's holding your dinner! ...had to laugh at the veg comment. I've successfully trained that response out of my bf

  2. Yummy! Love that Pyrex!

    My favorite casserole would have to be Shepherds Pie. There are many variations, and so yummy.

  3. Yum! And I love the Pyrex you've used! Maybe I'll go steal my mom's...

  4. You know the best thing about this recipe? The awesome "We don't chop onions, we use onion powder", etc. A delicious & easy meal? Going on the menu plan!

  5. Looks yummy! They pyrex is looking good too!

  6. Dude, it's casserole, but it's pasta! Actually, what *is* casserole? Anything you put in a casserole dish? Either way, I'm totally making this..

  7. love this recipe! you know me though, i will prob add the vegetables :).

  8. Mmm, nommity nom. That does look delicious, but my eyes accidentally strayed to your milk glass vase and springy flowers. swoony.

  9. YUM! My husband would love this... he basically loves any baked pasta recipe. I'll have to try this one.

  10. I am a relatively new reader of your blog, but I already feel like we should be friends. This feeling was just strengthened by your "(I skipped this because it’s a vegetable.)" comment on the recipe...that is totally how we operate in our house too. Definitely going to try this casserole, with your modifications of course!

  11. I'd totally ditch the green peppers and use the onion salt - but then I'd have to go a step further and leave the meat out too - and it still made me want to attempt cooking.

  12. Yum!! I'm w/ you on the veggies too. Especially onions. My gosh, how can anyone like them?! My grandpa used to eat raw onions and garlic like they were apples and grapes. Yea, he smelled nice.

  13. Oh man! That looks sooooo good! I'd have to add the veggies though ;)

  14. This looks so much better than what I'm planning to make for dinner tonight :(

  15. i had to google what the heck mostaccioli was. don't judge. this looks pretty stinkin delicious and i love how it makes 2!!

  16. As a true italian I love a good pasta casserole!! MMMMM

    I will give you a little italiano secret, when my momma makes her meat sauce she adds just one packet of sugar/ sweetner (we use truvia in our house) It makes it just right!!

  17. You had me at cheddar cheese condensed soup. Love that stuff. This looks so yummy I might have to try it tonight.


  18. This is seriously making me soo hungry right now! It looks delish, I will need to try this in the near future:)


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