Baked Red and White Mostaccioli

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Baked Mostaccioli is a super simple and tasty pasta with a blend of marinara and alfredo sauces. With only five ingredients, it comes together fast and is perfect for an easy dinner!

baked mostaccioli covered in melted cheese in baking dish

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Serve this baked mostaccioli with a side of oven roasted garlic green beans and then finish with mini cheesecakes for dessert.

I have served this baked red & white mostaccioli as an easy weeknight dinner and at family gatherings because it makes a large size that should serve 8-10 people.

Mixing the marinara and alfredo makes a creamy blush sauce that takes it up a notch.


  • Mostaccioli Noodles – Use your favorite brand.
  • Tomato Sauce/Marinara – Use your favorite jarred tomato sauce or homemade marinara sauce.
  • Alfredo Sauce – Again, we’re keeping it simple here and using jarred, but you can make alfredo sauce from scratch if that’s what you prefer.
  • Ground Sirloin – I like to use ground sirloin because it’s lean and has great flavor. If you prefer ground or chuck, that will work as well, just make sure you drain the fat.
  • Mozzarella Cheese – Shredded mozzarella cheese for topping the mostaccioli.
  • Salt & Pepper – And whatever other seasonings you might want to use – dried onion, dried garlic, Italian seasoning, etc.

baked mostaccioli with a portion taken out and a red serving spoon


Penne are tube shaped with angled cut ends and ridges. Mostaccioli has a smooth texture with angled edges. Either shape will work in this recipe.


Yes, you can freeze baked mostaccioli. I would bake it per the directions below, let it cool, then double wrap it in foil and freeze for up to 3 months. Once you’re ready to eat it, take it straight from the freezer to a 350 degree oven for 1 hour to ensure it is fully warmed through.


If you have leftovers, store them in airtight containers in the fridge for 3-5 days.

baked mostaccioli serving on a white plate

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.


  • 9×13 Pan – I love that this one has a lid to easily store leftovers.
  • Colander – When my husband bought me a colander with a handle I thought it was unnecessary. Then I loved it.
  • Skillet – I bought this skillet last year and am really impressed with the quality. It’s perfect for browning the ground sirloin.
  • Stirring Spoon – I’ve had this set for years (shown in the pictures) & it’s one of my favorites. I love that there’s a notch to rest it on the pan.

baked mostaccioli covered in melted cheese



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Baked Red and White Mostaccioli

Melissa | Persnickety Plates
Baked 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 an easy dinner!
4.17 from 73 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 521 kcal


  • 1 lb mostaccioli
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 cups 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.
  • While you're waiting for your noodles to cook, 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). Brown the meat until fully cooked and no longer pink.
  • Pour the cooked meat into the pot of cooked & drained 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.


Serving: 1gCalories: 521kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 25gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 910mgPotassium: 512mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 405IUVitamin C: 4.3mgCalcium: 134mgIron: 2.6mg

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Originally published August 24, 2015

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