Italian Recipes: BAKED MOSTACCIOLI [1-10-15]



 1 cup uncooked mostaccioli pasta
 1/2 pound ground beef
 2 Italian sausages, removed from casings
 2 tablespoons each of chopped onion and green pepper
 1 clove garlic, minced
 1 cup canned tomatoes, diced
 3 ounces tomato paste
 1/2 cup water
 2 tablespoons dried basil leaves
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1 teaspoon dried oregano
 dash sugar and black pepper
 1 egg, slightly beaten
 8 ounces ricotta cheese
 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
 8 ounces shredded Mozzarella Cheese
 1/4 cup Romano cheese


Cook mostaccioli until al dente in boiling salted water. Drain and set aside. In skillet, combine meat, sausages, onion, green pepper and garlic. cook breaking up meat, until meat is browned. Drain off fat. To the meat, add all remaining ingredients, except egg and cheeses. Bring meat sauce to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. meanwhile, combine egg and cheeses. To assemble, stir cooked pasta into meat sauce. Place half in 1 quart buttered baking dish. Spread cheese mixture evenly over the top. cover with remaining pasta. Top with mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Romano cheese. Bake, covered, at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes or until cooked through.

Yield: 4 Servings

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