Thursday, December 3, 2009

The best baked pasta I have ever had.

My mom got this recipe years ago from her friend Leah, and our entire family loves it, and it has been given out since then to many others. It's a family favorite, and fantastic for when you take dinner to friends for any occasion. Easier than Lasagna, and super tasty. I always double it because we like it so much!

Traditional Mostaccioli

1- 10 oz pkg of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
15 oz ricotta cheese
3 eggs slightly beaten
2/3 c parmesan cheese
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/3 c chopped fresh parsley (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 c mostaccioli or penne pasta (half lb.)
3 c. marinara sauce

Preheat oven to 350. Cook pasta according to pkg directions, drain. In large bowl, blend ricotta, eggs, spinach, half the mozzarella, parmesan, salt and pepper, and parsley; Set aside. Toss hot cooked pasta with tomato sauce. Place half the pasta in bottom of a 13x9 casserole dish, layer on top the cheese mixture, then cover with the rest of the pasta. Top with more mozzarella and parmesan. Bake for 35 mins, until hot and bubbly.

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  1. I'm stopping over from the Over-Used Recipe Swap at Simply Modern Mom's.

    Pasta bake is one of our regular meals too, I'll have to give this layered version a try it sounds yummy.

  2. Looks exciting! I'm going to try it! Thanks!

  3. Added a pound of beef and the boys loved it!~

  4. I added onion and mushrooms. thanks for the great recipe!

  5. Oh! This look so good!! I would love it, if you would share this, & any other recipes you may have, on my recipe link up.

  6. Have you ever tried freezing this to reheat later? Thanks!

    1. Yes I have, cities great. You just raise the baking time to 400 and bake covered for an hour, and then remove the foil until the cheese on top is slightly golden. 😊