January 28, 2012

Baked mostaccioli

8 ounces uncooked mostaccioli 1-1/2 pounds ground beef 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 garlic clove, minced 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste 1 can (4 ounces) sliced mushrooms 1/2 cup water 1 to 1-1/4 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon dried basil 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1 bay leaf 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese Directions Cook mostaccioli according to package directions; drain and set aside. In a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce and paste, mushrooms, water, salt, sugar, basil, pepper and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaf. Stir in mostaccioli. Spoon half into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese; layer with remaining meat mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover and bake at 350 ° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 10-12 servings. www.tasteofhome.com

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