My Mostaccoli is a deconstructed lasagna. It looks messy, not all organized and perfectly layered, but it has the same great taste. It’s a great way to use up leftover spaghetti sauce. Two meals in one pot! You will need at least 6 cups of Spaghetti Sauce. If you don’t quite have enough you can always add a jar of spaghetti sauce and make it work. I think because this recipe is so easy, I felt the need to overcompensate, by adding 800 thousand pictures. Not really only 17 but who’s counting.
Why do I call it Mostaccioli? Good question. I use Rigatoni noodles, because I like how the size of the noodle gives the sauce more places to creep into and the ricotta cheese to cling to. But I really think I call this dish Mostaccioli, because I like to say “Mah-sta chOlleh”. I feel all Sophia Loren when I say it, “Mah-sta-CHoleHhhhh”.
Lay the thinly sliced mozzarella on top. Feel free to use shredded mozzarella. My Kenny likes me to make him these, in the wee hours when he gets off his shifts from the hospital. I like to make my man happy so I keep the stuff he likes on hand. Just in case you wondered.