The Shady Porch: Velveeta Mostaccioli...a longtime family favorite


Velveeta Mostaccioli...a longtime family favorite

Velveeta Mostaccioli  #Mostaccioli #pasta #recipe
One of my family's Top Five Favorites!
Today's recipe is a cheesy pasta dish called Velveeta Mostaccioli. I've been making this dish for a very long time and I'm excited to share it with you. It is oh, so good!  

When I was growing up my dad worked for Kraft Foods, which was good since we were a cheese lovin' family!  This recipe came from the Velveeta box back in the day. Before I share this, I do know there are some that don't like velveeta and there are homemade velveeta recipes, which I will probably try at some point, but for now I'm giving you the recipe I grew up eating and loving!

Velveeta Mostaccioli

1 1/2 - 2 lb. lean ground beef
1 green pepper, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 T. minced garlic
1 T. basil pesto
1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
1 lb. box mostaccioli or penne pasta

1lb. block Kraft Velveeta cheese (
I only use what it takes to cover about 2 layers in my casserole dish)

Brown hamburger, drain fat. Add onion and pepper, cook until onion is translucent.
Add pesto, garlic, tomato sauce, tomato paste and diced tomatoes to hamburger mix.
While the sauce simmers, cook mostaccioli according to directions. Drain.
In a 9 x 13 inch pan, layer: meat sauce, mostaccioli, sliced Velveeta cheese. Repeat. 
Bake at 350 ° for 20-30 minutes or until heated through. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Note - If the cheese is getting too brown, place an aluminum foil sheet over it for the remaining bake time
Add Parmesan cheese to each serving, if desired. Makes 10-12 servings. (See shortcuts below!)
#Mostaccioli #pasta #recipe
Leftovers are just as delicious when reheated!

Shortcuts for the busy cook!
  • Use 2 jars/cans of your favorite spaghetti sauce instead of the diced tomatoes, sauce and paste ingredients.
  • Use frozen pepper/onion mix - just microwave, drain, chop and add to meat.
  • Buy Velveeta slices instead of slicing your might want to add double layers to get the great cheesy flavor you get when you slice your own from the block

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