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

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

  3. 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

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

  5. So simple and so comfort food pleasing… great recipe.

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

  8. This looks like a perfect winter meal, i’m pinning and adding to my menu! thanks for sharing :) http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com/

  9. 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! :)

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

  10. 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.

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

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  17. 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

  18. 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!

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  23. 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. :)

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

  27. 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?

    • 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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