Amazing Crockpot Mostaccioli Recipe

You don’t have to pay for an airline ticket just to have a taste of authentic Italian cuisine. In fact, you don’t have to pay for anything. All you need is a slow cooker and 6 hours. This amazing crockpot mostaccioli recipe brings a classic Italian dish to you. This recipe is great for big batches or you just want to make a meal ahead of time. Before we get started, let us tell you all about mostaccioli versus penne pasta. They are close in resemblance but with a little detail, you are able to tell them apart. A mostaccioli is smooth in texture as compared to a penne which has a ridged surface. So if mostaccioli isn’t available, you can opt for penne instead.

Crockpot Mostaccioli

This recipe is seasoned with a variety of herbs and spices, which is why this comes out as a flavorful dish. Of course, you can throw in your own add-ins like spinach, cheese, and even tomatoes. You can also omit the ground beef and replace it with chicken or mushrooms for a diet-friendly dish. There’s really not much preparation done in this recipe. You just have to let your slow cooker do the rest of the work for you. Just remember to keep it on low heat. And once you have a taste of this Mostaccioli, you will find that it tastes like lasagna but thankfully, it is so much simpler to make.

Make it a complete Italian feast at home beginning with a classic Italian starter, a bruschetta! May we suggest our tomato and egg bruschetta? Then end your feast on a sweet note with our authentic Italian cannoli recipe. This cannoli recipe makes for a great dessert after a tomato-based dish.

Amazing Crockpot Mostaccioli Recipe

How To Make Amazing Crockpot Mostaccioli

This mostaccioli recipe has the flavors of lasagna without going through much of a fuss! Indulge in a fancy Italian dish with a handy-dandy slow cooker.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 6 hrs
Total: 6 hrs 5 mins


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb mostaccioli, or penne, cooked & cooled
  • ½ cup carrots, chopped
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 cup yellow onions, chopped
  • ½ cup celery, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 16 oz tomato sauce

To serve:

  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp herbs of your choice, like parsley or basil, chopped


  1. Add all the ingredients, except for the pasta, into the crockpot.
  2. Cook on Low for 6 hours.
  3. Pour sauce over mostaccioli when ready to serve.
  4. Garnish with parmesan cheese and chopped herbs of your choice.


  • Sugar: 7g
  • :
  • Calcium: 121mg
  • Calories: 412kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Cholesterol: 45mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 6g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 554mg
  • Protein: 21g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Sodium: 741mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 1692IU
  • Vitamin C: 6mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bake this mostaccioli recipe?

Definitely! You just need to make a few changes. First, cook your ground beef, garlic, and onion in a large skillet until the beef is cooked through. Second, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix all your ingredients together until well-distributed. Lastly, place them in a 9×13 inch baking dish and cover the top with lots of cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese appears brown and sauce is bubbling. Voila! You got yourself some baked mostaccioli.

What can I serve with mostaccioli?

Salad is always a great pair with pasta. It’s a healthy touch with fresh flavors. Try this refreshing cucumber avocado salad  to pair with this saucy and cheesy dish. Otherwise, you can go for aromatic roasted veggies like this lemon pepper asparagus.

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This mostaccioli recipe is a flavorful dish and, unlike a lasagna, you don’t have to go through the hassle of layering. Sprinkle an abundance of cheese or your own favored add-ins to make your own version of a mostaccioli.
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