The Italian lady next door whipped this up and we immediately had to get the recipe!

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Baked mostaccioli primavera is a delightful twist on a classic Italian-American favorite. It’s a medley of colorful vegetables, tender pasta, and gooey melted cheese, all baked to perfection. What makes this dish special is its versatility and wholesome ingredients that appeal to both kids and adults. It’s perfect for family dinners or gatherings with friends, offering a hearty yet nutritious meal that everyone will love.

This baked mostaccioli primavera pairs wonderfully with a fresh green salad and some crusty garlic bread to soak up the delicious sauce. For an added touch, you can serve it with a light and zesty vinaigrette on the side, or even a bowl of soup as a starter. Don’t forget a lovely glass of iced tea or a chilled white wine for the adults.

Baked Mostaccioli Primavera

Servings: 6


1 pound mostaccioli pasta

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

1 zucchini, chopped

1 cup broccoli florets

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Salt and pepper to taste

2 cups marinara sauce

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped


Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

Cook the mostaccioli pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.

Add the bell peppers, zucchini, and broccoli florets to the skillet. Sauté until the vegetables are tender, about 7-10 minutes.

Stir in the cherry tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Combine the cooked pasta and vegetable mixture in a large bowl. Add the marinara sauce and mix until well combined.

Transfer the mixture to a greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella and grated Parmesan cheese.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Garnish with fresh basil before serving.

Variations & Tips

For picky eaters, feel free to swap out the vegetables with their favorites, such as carrots, peas, or mushrooms. To make it more protein-packed, you can add some cooked chicken, sausage, or ground beef to the mix. If you’re looking for a healthier version, try using whole grain pasta and low-fat cheese. For a rich and creamy twist, stir in a half-cup of ricotta cheese before baking. Enjoy experimenting with this versatile recipe!

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