I have a weakness for pasta and although I love all types of pasta dishes, this Easy Mostaccioli Pasta Recipe is one of my favorites. Not only is this recipe tasty, the recipe is easily modified to be gluten-free.
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This Easy Mostaccioli Pasta Recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight. It comes together pretty quickly, is full of flavorful ingredients, it’s a filling meal and it’s great the next day as leftovers.
As per the name, I suggest you use mostaccioli or penne noodles and in my case, I use gluten free noodles. Fear not; this recipe will work well with just about any noodle! When in a pinch, I’ve used elbow macaroni or spiral noodles before and they work well too.
I started by cooking the noodles according to the packaging directions. While the noodles were cooking I started making the sauce.
First, I heated up my large cast iron skillet on medium heat. Next, I added extra virgin olive oil, chopped garlic, and chopped onion to the skillet. I cooked the garlic and onions until soft, but not brown. I added ground beef, cooked it until the meat was no longer pink then drained the excess grease. Finally, I added homemade versatile tomato sauce (or you can use your favorite tomato sauce), seasonings, and herbs to the meat mixture. I cooked the sauce on low until it started to thicken.
By now my noodles were fully cooked, drained and ready to add to the sauce. I gently stirred the noodles and sauce together until just combined.
Finally, I garnished the pasta with fresh basil and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese. I served the pasta along with a side salad and cheesy garlic bread.
Because this Easy Mostaccioli Pasta Recipe is so tasty it’s a family favorite standby dish. In addition, you can easily add extra ingredients such as mushrooms, diced tomatoes, peppers, and/or black olives to change up the recipe a bit.
Looking for more pasta sauce recipes? Check out this post: Mouthwatering Pasta Sauces for Every Occasion.
(Since I am allergic to garlic and onions I divide the recipe and omit these in mine but do add them to my husband’s sauce.)
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