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Baked Red and White Mostaccioli is a super simple and tasty blend of marinara and alfredo sauces. With only five ingredients, it comes together fast and is perfect for a back to school dinner!
I haven’t been in school for years but seeing all the schools supplies out at stores still gives me feelings of excitement (new pens & notebooks!) and dread (summer’s over). Even though Julia isn’t in school yet, back to school still affects me. Mostly in that I’ll have to deal with a lot more traffic on my way to work.
Regardless of the time of year, now that I’m a busy working mama, I’m always looking for quick dinner ideas that all three of us will like. Last week, I got off early, picked up Julia and went to Costco to pick up a few things and computer shop. My laptop is a bit of a dinosaur, which makes blogging difficult, so I’ve been on the lookout for a new one. I took my younger brother with me because he knows way more about computers than I do. I couldn’t decide on one, but we did pick up a 3-pack of Ragu® traditional tomato sauce.
My shopping buddy.
I love that every half cup of sauce has a full serving of veggies in it. Getting veggies in seems to be just as hard for me and my husband as it is for Julia. Not that we don’t like them, we all do, but sometimes it’s hard to fit them all in.
You can make this dish even quicker by skipping the meat. Or you could add in some spinach. Or, it’d be great just with the marinara and alfredo sauces. Totally customizable.
- 1 lb mostaccioli
- 2 cups Ragu® traditional tomato sauce
- 2 cups Ragu® alfredo sauce
- 1 lb ground sirloin
- 1.5 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Once boiling, add in your mostaccioli and cook until al dente. Drain and return to the pot.
- In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, add in the ground sirloin and season with salt and pepper (and whatever else you like to season your meat with - I used some dried onion too). Brown the meat until fully cooked and no longer pink.
- Pour the cooked meat into the pot of noodles.
- Pour in 2 cups of red sauce, 2 cups of alfredo sauce and mix until fully incorporated.
- Pour into the prepared dish and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Is your family ready for back to school? Do you share my feelings of excitement & dread?