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Easy Mostaccioli Pasta Recipe

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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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Easy Mostaccioli Pasta Recipe

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.

Easy Mostaccioli Pasta Recipe

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. 

Easy Mostaccioli Pasta

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. 

Easy Mostaccioli Pasta Recipe

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. 



423 cal


12 g


79 g


18 g
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Easy Mostaccioli Pasta Recipe

Yields Approximately 4 to 5 servings

A delicious pasta dish that everyone will love.

20 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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  • 1 pound box Mostaccioli or penne noodles (*GF Option - use gluten-free noodles)
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 24 ounces tomato sauce (*GF Option - use a gluten-free sauce)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sweet basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons parsley leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon tarragon leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise seed (optional - will provide a hint of licorice flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cilantro leaves (optional)
  • Garnish - fresh basil, Parmesan or mozzarella cheese


  1. Cook Mostaccioli noodles according to package directions, drain.
  2. Meanwhile, add olive oil to a large skillet, cook garlic and onion over medium heat until tender.
  3. Add ground beef, cook until meat is no longer pink, drain excess grease.
  4. Return to heat and add tomato sauce, basil, parsley, tarragon, oregano, salt, pepper, sugar, anise seed, and cilantro.
  5. Cook sauce over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture starts to thicken.
  6. Gently stir together the drained noodles with sauce.
  7. Garnish with fresh basil and grated Parmesan or mozzarella cheese.
  8. Serve hot.


Optional additions: mushrooms, diced tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and/or black olives. Optional: Use 1/2 pound ground Italian sausage with 1/2 pound ground beef.

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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  • Seana Turner January 12, 2017, 7:29 am
    This looks easy and yummy, and you could use ground turkey as well. Sorry that you are allergic to onions and garlic, but great that you can work around it. One of my favorite recipes is to cook the pasta and near the end, drop in some chopped broccoli. Drain all of that. In a large pot, combine a brick of Boursin cheese and a bit of milk to make a sauce. If you have some, shred up some cooked chicken, and then mix it all together. My Profile
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy January 12, 2017, 12:10 pm
      Hi Seana, Thanks so much for your kind words. I need to try your suggestion and make it with ground turkey sometime! Another suggestion is to use half Italian sausage and half ground beef. The Italian sausage gives it a bit of a kick. I love the idea of adding broccoli and the Boursin cheese, milk and chicken to make a sauce too. I always love suggestions!!!! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a message! Have a wonderful day! Linda

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