Mostaccioli Bake

Mostaccioli Bake
This is one of our all time favorite recipes.

I first posted it about a year ago, when I had just started blogging, but my photography was horrible. So I thought it deserved a re do.

We’ve made and eaten this dish many times in between that span of a year. In fact, if I ask Ryan for dinner suggestions he always says mostaccioli, even if we had it the week before.

Mostaccioli Bake
The recipe is so ingrained in my mind that I no longer have to look up the recipe.

Actually, I just made it for my family when we were back in Minnesota visiting over Christmas. And they loved it too!

Mostaccioli Bake

Mostaccioli Bake

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: One 9x13 inch pan


  • 16 oz uncooked mostaccioli noodles
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) 1% cottage cheese
  • 2-3 large handfuls of fresh spinach, chopped finely
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided (some will go in the noodles, some on top)
  • 2/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning (or various Italian spices that add up to 1 tsp)
  • 2 jars of meatless spaghetti sauce, standard 24 oz jars


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cook the mostaccioli noodles according to package directions.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, in a large bowl (*very large, everything including the noodles and sauce will all be mixed in this bowl) combine the cottage cheese, chopped spinach, 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese, all the parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and italian spices.
  4. Drain the pasta once it is ready, and add the noodles to the large bowl. Mix everything thoroughly.
  5. Add the 2 jars of spaghetti sauce, and mix thoroughly.
  6. Spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  7. Transfer everything from the large bowl into the pan. Press down any noodles sticking up.
  8. Sprinkle the top with the remaining mozzarella cheese (1/3 cup).
  9. Cover with tin foil and bake for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly.
  10. Uncover and cook for 5 more minutes.
  11. Let the dish set for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

Mostaccioli Bake
This dish is also very adaptable. I’ve used spaghetti sauce with sausage in it to add extra protein, you could sneak some handfuls of kale in their along with the spinach, and I bet you could use penne or rigatoni noodles if that’s what you have on hand.

Try this mostaccioli bake and hopefully you’ll add it to your favorites list too!

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40 Responses to “Mostaccioli Bake”

  1. myrecentfavoritebooks — December 28, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Your recipe looks so yummy! =)
    I love pasta dishes like this.

    • The First Year Blog — December 28, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      It is so so good!!

  2. Kristina & Millie — December 28, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    looks and sound delish! I will make this and love it!

    • The First Year Blog — December 29, 2013 at 7:47 am

      I hope it makes it onto your favorites list!

  3. Shauna {The Best Blog Recipes} — December 28, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Just saw your post on FB and thought I’d come over and check out your recipe and pin it while I was here tonight :)

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

    • The First Year Blog — December 29, 2013 at 7:47 am

      Thank you Shauna! I really appreciate that :-)

  4. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche — December 29, 2013 at 4:44 am

    This looks gorgeous – love how many cheeses it contains! ;)

    • The First Year Blog — December 29, 2013 at 7:46 am

      It sure is cheesy! Thanks for coming by Becca!

  5. Diane (@SimpleLivingEat) — December 29, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    So simple and so comfort food pleasing… great recipe.

    • The First Year Blog — December 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      And so so good!! Have a great day Diane!

  6. Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner — December 30, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Hi Beth, as an Italian gal I love a good pasta dish and this looks great! Pinning and thanks for linking up to MM this week – Have a Happy New Year!

  7. Cathy — January 1, 2014 at 9:02 am

    This looks great..a heartwarming pasta dish! Happy New Year :-)

    • The First Year Blog — January 1, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Happy New Year Cathy!

  8. Angela — January 3, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    This looks like a perfect winter meal, i’m pinning and adding to my menu! thanks for sharing :)

    • The First Year Blog — January 3, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      I wish I could come over for dinner! Enjoy Angela!

  9. Stephanie Powers — January 4, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    I found you via the Marvelous Mondays linky party. I made this for dinner last night with kale in place of spinach because that’s what I had on hand. Yum! I think my husband may request this often just like yours does. I’m loving the rest of your stuff too, so I’ve followed you on Bloglovin’. :)


    P.S. These photos are definitely WAY better than the originals. I love the bowls! :)

    • The First Year Blog — January 4, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      Hi Stephanie, you are so kind – thank you! Haha, yeah the Taste of Home Picture for this dish isn’t the best..

  10. Marlys @ This and That — January 5, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Beth, this looks delicious. I am going to have to give it a try and I agree your pictures are wonderful. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday Meals Under 30 minute party… Pinning this.

    • The First Year Blog — January 5, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Oh thank you Marlys!

  11. BruCrew Life — January 5, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    This is comfort food at its best! I love all the cheeses in this dish!!!

    • The First Year Blog — January 6, 2014 at 8:20 am

      Have a great day – thanks for coming by!

  12. Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch — January 7, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Beth, This looks like a delicious and warm meal for these cold winter days ahead. Thanks for linking up to Best of the Weekend. So glad you could join us!! Nichi -The Mandatory Mooch

    • The First Year Blog — January 8, 2014 at 7:17 am

      I appreciate you coming by Nichi!

  13. Wow, you just have all the best looking recipes this week! This sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing at Creativity Unleashed, this thing is getting pinned for sure!

    • The First Year Blog — January 8, 2014 at 7:14 am

      Thank you Jessi!!

  14. fivehearthome — February 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    This looks delicious, Beth…I can see why it’s a favorite at your house! I think my family would love it, too. Pinned and can’t wait to try! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Moonlight & Mason Jars. :)

  15. Joanne T Ferguson — February 28, 2014 at 2:59 am

    G’day! looks delish Beth!
    Thanks for sharing! Viewed as part of Foodie Friends Friday Nothing But Noodles Pasta Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

  16. Colleen — September 16, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Any suggestions on turning this into a make ahead meal? I’d love to have it as a freezer meal. Suggestions on keeping the noodles from getting mushy?

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 17, 2014 at 7:04 am

      Hi Colleen! If you find a lasagna recipe that you can freeze, I would take a look at that and see what they do. Maybe you could do something similar with this recipe?


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