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I'm thinking the best recipe for today would be some comfort
food you can just share with your family and friends so I've
conjured up one of my best BAKED MOSTACCIOLI recipes. This
should most definitely be accompanies by some hot Cheesy
garlic bread (can we get any more cheese in here?) and needs
no more than the addition of a quick tossed salad to complete
the meal. Be sure to scroll down for the garlic bread recipe
too.

Enjoy!
Marzee

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RECIPE: BAKED MOSTACCIOLI

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INGREDIENTS:
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

DIRECTIONS:
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
Category: Main Courses, Pasta, Casseroles




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OK, HERE'S THE CHEEZY GARLIC BREAD RECIPE TOO!


1 (1 pound) loaf Italian bread
5 tablespoons butter, softened
2 teaspoons virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat the broiler. Cut the bread into slices 1 to 2
inches thick. In a small bowl, mix butter, olive oil, garlic,
oregano, salt and pepper. Spread the mixture evenly on the
bread slices. On a medium baking sheet, arrange the slices
evenly and broil 5 minutes, or until slightly brown. Check
frequently so they do not burn. Remove from broiler. Top with
cheese and return to broiler 2 to 3 minutes, until cheese is
slightly brown and melted. Serve at once.