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Mostaccioli with Beef and Turkey

Mostaccioli with Beef and Turkey is a flavorful tomato pasta bake. I like to serve bread and salad on the side.

Mostaccioli with Beef and Turkey is great if you are feeding a large crowd and don’t want to spend a lot of money. I love serving this with homemade garlic bread.

There will be one pound of leftover meat from this recipe. I combine the remaining meat and freeze using my food saver or I make a meat loaf in the same week. Try my Turkey and Beef Meat Loaf

Cost Per Serving $3.30 as of May 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $26.40.

If you have a fully stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $20.07.

  • Cost per serving reduces to $2.51.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Stove Top & Oven

Recipe serves: 8

Serving size: 1 cup

Equipment needed: 1 deep skillet, 1 large pot and a 13x9x2 baking dish

Total time: 1 hour


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a fully stocked pantry there is a savings of about $6.33.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $6.33 as of May 2022

  • dried basil $0.98
  • dried oregano $0.98
  • marjoram $4.37


Total: $20.07 as of May 2022

  • 1 - medium onion $0.62
  • 1 - garlic clove $0.50
  • 1 - pound ground beef $5.62
  • 1 - pound ground turkey $3.58
  • 1 - penne pasta 16 oz $0.92
  • 1 - can Italian diced tomato 14.5 oz $0.72
  • 1 - can crushed tomatoes 15 oz $0.79
  • 1 - can tomato paste 6 oz $0.62
  • 1 - ricotta cheese 15 oz $2.12
  • 1 - grated parmesan cheese 8 oz $2.36
  • 1 - mozzarella cheese 8 oz $2.22


You can freeze 1/2 the pound of ground beef and use it in the following recipes: 

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete prep from prep tab above.
  2. Put on a large pot of water to boil
  3. Preheat oven to 350°
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat add:
    • 3/4 pound ground beef
    • 1/4 pound ground turkey
    • onion
  5. Cook the meat and onion until the meat is brown and the onion is tender
  6. Drain the meat mixture
  7. Add the garlic for 1 minute
  8. Add:
    • Italian diced tomatoes
    • crushed tomatoes
    • tomato paste
    • 1/3 cup water
    • spice bowl of oregano, basil, salt and pepper
  9. Simmer covered stirring occasionally for 15 minutes 
  10. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook to package directions
  11. Drain pasta and coat the 13x9x2 baking dish with cooking spray or use 1/2 teaspoon of oil with a paper towel
  12. Assemble the baking dish spreading each ingredient evenly:
    • 1 cup meat sauce
    • half the penne pasta
    • half of the remaining meat sauce
    • ricotta cheese
    • the remainder penne
    • the remainder meat sauce
    • sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese
  13. Bake uncovered for 30 to 45 minutes. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 4 under $100 – Menu 8

Side Options

Roasted Vegetables

Vegetables such as green beans, carrots, asparagus, broccoli, etc. 

Side Salad

Rosemary White Bread

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