Easy Mostaccioli

“Don’t take a picture” she said, “the cheese is stuck to the top of the foil.” My much loved friend AnnMarie knew I’ve hardly been able to walk, let alone cook for my family. She texted me a couple days ago to ask me what I’d like to eat and what night she could bring dinner over. Of course I told her I would share no such information, but thanked her for the offer. Naturally Annie, being her beautiful self, said she’d be over in 2 days. She walked through the door with enough meals for a week, plus a blueberry pie. I was ravenous that day, and cheesy pasta is like the epitome of comfort food. She loaded up the refrigerator and freezer dividing the organic meals, explaining this is the cheese for the broccoli rice casserole; these are the shells for the tacos; placing buns for hot dogs in the bread basket… The mostaccioli was warm and ready to serve, the whole house smelled amazing. I thought to myself, “Are you kidding? It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.”

As organic as possible:

2 lbs ground Beef

Salt & pepper to taste

3 jars (approx 24 oz each) of your favorite store bought or homemade pasta Sauce

1 lb Mostaccioli (or penne) noodles

1 lb (16 oz) shredded Mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Brown the meat with a little salt and pepper in a large skillet. Add the pasta sauce and get it hot; let it simmer for about 20 minutes. In the mean time, cook the pasta according to package directions- less a couple minutes. (They will be a little firm, but soften in the oven while baking). When the noodles are done, mix them in with the sauce. Pour everything into a 9X13 pan and sprinkle on all of the mozzarella cheese. Bake it in the oven for about 25 minutes until bubbly and cheese is melted.

Serve with a good crusty bread immediately to your hungry family, or cover with foil and deliver to someone in need. Either way, it’s delicious and they will be forever grateful.



  1. You’re so sweet; I’m glad you enjoyed your dinner! If I had a blog I could write some wonderful things about you☺️ You’re a great friend and such a blessing in my life, and I’m glad you’re recovering so well! God is good:) Hopefully we’ll see you soon!

    1. It was great, just what the doctor ordered! Lol. Thank you so much for everything. We are still enjoying your generosity! And thank you for the complement, although I fear there is not as much material on me as you are giving me credit for!

  2. What a sweet friend Annie is! I love the idea of supporting our friends and neighbors with meals during times like these. I feel like it doesn’t happen probably as much as it used to, almost like it’s old fashioned. Definitely a practice that I’d like to see (and do) more. Well done Annie 🙂

  3. Now THAT is a friend! Keep resting that darned leg …. my injury was 4 weeks ago on Tuesday and I am still struggling so promise me you won’t try to walk too soon, run before you can walk and most of all skip before you can run 🙂

  4. What a sweet and wonderful friend — this recipe looks absolutely delicious and now I’m also craving blueberry pie! 😀 Hope you’re feeling better, sweet Sadie!! Hugs!!

      1. I’m sure we would! 🙂 So glad you’re getting better — I’m sure it takes time! You’re in our prayers!

  5. AnnMarie is such a blessing❤️ Whenever she sees a need, she gets to work (being her beautiful self)! Thank you Annie for helping Sadie and for serving/loving others. 😘

  6. I didnt see you had fallen! I have literally been running back and forth for weeks and on my phone reading blogs, often too quickly! So sorry dear sadie! How did you fall and are you ok?? Xxxxx

    1. Ugh, it was pitch black and I fell down a flight of stairs at my parents cabin over the 4th. Such a bummer, but thankfully I’m fine. Could have been so much worse!

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