This has been a family favorite as long as I can remember. I don't even really need the recipe anymore but thought I'd preserve it for posterity, and share it on here. This dish is perfect because it feeds a lot of people (at least 6 hungry folks for dinner) for not a lot of money. You can also prepare it up until the broiler part and then either freeze it or chill it in the fridge if you are having people over and want to go ahead and get the kitchen cleaned up. When you're getting close to dinner time, pull it out and pop it in the oven at 350 until it's heated, and then turn on the broiler to brown the cheese. It's perfect with a tossed salad and a slice of toasted baguette.
Mostaccioli (adapted from my mother's recipe)
1 16 oz box of mostaccioli pasta noodles (you can use penne or ziti too)
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 tsp seasoned salt
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1/2 c shredded parmesan cheese
1 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
2 cups shredded mozzarella
Preheat broiler. Prepare pasta according to box directions, toss with butter, and spread in a large glass casserole dish.
Cook ground beef, onions, and seasoned salt in a large saucepan on medium high heat until meat is brown and onions are tender.
Stir in remaining ingredients (except mozzarella), cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Carefully pour meat sauce on top of the pasta in the pan, and layer with the mozzarella cheese. Brown under preheated broiler for approx 2 minutes (keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn).