Mostaccioli is a favorite. My grandma used to called it Macarrones Asados! She made the most delicious food ever, well I think we all believe our grandma's are the best at everything anyways, right? I'm sure they are!
I asked my readers on FB how they have theirs, with meat as a main dish or plain as a side, but you know Facebook, No One gets to see what you post there unless a) you have a large fan base b) you pay to promote your status, or c) your family and friends love you so much they keep up with what you do. I'm blessed and proud to have option C . I got 2 answers, one from my friend +Diane Kaul blogger at Giraffe Legs and she likes it as a main dish with meat in it, delicious and with endless options and the other one from my sweet adoptive little "sis" and blog designer, Brooke, creative at Uplifted Designs who likes it as a side. Knowing my boys, I decided to play it safe and make a big casserole as a side.
This is a common recipe, everybody has their own little extra special ingredient and that is what I'm interested on exploring. New possibilities and tastes for a classic!
My motto bake 2 freeze 1 applies to this dish, only don't bake it after you are done preparing it, freeze it well sealed right away and then bake it for that day you are scratching your head for what to have for dinner!
They all liked it and I was able to stay out of he kitchen for the weekend a win win situation in my book if you ask me!
Thank You for visiting the blog today! I wish you all a healthy and productive week! Before you leave don't forget to let me know what makes your Mostaccioli extra special and a hit among your family and friends! Big Hug and remember my friends, everything tastes better with a Pinch of Love!
Cheesy Baked Mostaccioli
2 Cups Uncooked Tube Shaped Pasta
1 Jar (24 oz) Spaghetti Sauce of your choice
1 (10 3/4 oz) Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup
1/2 Can Milk
1 Large Egg, Beaten
2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded (about 16 oz)
1 Cup Cottage Cheese
Pepper. Salt and Garlic Powder to taste
1 Cup Cheddar Cheese "Pringles" Chips, Crushed
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
Preheat oven at 350 F.
In a large saucepan prepare your pasta with plenty of salt in the water as indicated on the package. Once drained, place it in a large mixing bowl and start adding ingredients to it mixing after each ingredient is added carefully not to break the pasta. After the last cheese is added, the cottage cheese, check the pasta for flavors and add the condiments, pepper and garlic powder to taste and extra salt if needed.
Pour the mix in 2 separate, previously greased baking dishes. I used (2) 9x9 dishes.
*If you are going to freeze one baking dish, cover the container well and freeze. Remove from freezer, thaw in the refrigerator add the toppings after it thaws and you are ready to bake it.
Top the remaining baking dish with crushed chips and Parmesan cheese. Bake for 45 minutes. Let it rest and serve with salad, garlic bread and enjoy!
Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 45 minutes Serves 8-12