Who doesn’t love oven baked pasta with lots of ooey gooey cheese on top? This is one of Hubby and T’s (he still isn’t here, but he loves it) favorite meals. What was great about making it this time is that I only used two pots. One was to boil the pasta, everything else I did right in the Copper Chef pan that was sent to me. (disclosure: I was provided the Copper Chef 5-piece set to review, opinions are my own). Normally I would put the mostaccioli in a different baking dish, but I love that the Copper Chef eliminated that extra step, and extra dish to wash, for me. It can go straight into the oven!
Brown the ground beef in the Copper Chef pan. If you are using fresh onion and garlic, saute that for a few minutes first, if you are using dried onion and garlic start with the ground beef. Once it is brown, drain well (if needed) and return to the Copper Chef pan.
Now add your pasta sauce. Use your own homemade or any store bought that you and your family like. Ragu has come out with a new Thick & Hearty blend that I am enjoying and that is what I used today. Yes, this recipe calls for a lot of sauce, but if you only use one jar of sauce the mostaccioli gets dry. I would rather have too much sauce than not enough.
Once your pasta is cooked and drained, add it to the same Copper Chef pan as your meat sauce. I love that the pan is big enough to hold all of this! I’m one of those people who always seems to cook way too much, but my family likes to have leftovers and you never know if someone is going to drop in and join us for dinner.
Mix the cooked pasta and meat sauce together well in the Copper Chef pan while it is still on the stove top. As I said, there is plenty of room even for all of this sauce and all of this pasta in the one single pan.
Now place the Copper Chef pan with the mixed sauce and pasta in it into the preheated oven. Bake for about 30 minutes. While the meat, sauce, and pasta are mostly cooked already, when you bake it all together the pasta absorbs some of the sauce which makes it taste even better.
After the first 30 minutes, pull the Copper Chef pan out of the oven and stir well, then top with the shredded mozzerella cheese and then the Parmesan cheese. Place back in the oven and cook another 15 minutes or so until all the cheese melts and starts to brown. If you want even more extra brown cheese you can put under a low broiler for a couple of more minutes.
Remove from oven and let sit a few minutes before serving. This is amazingly good! See all those dark spots at the top of the Copper Chef pan? No need to worry, this cleaned up super easily compared to when I use a baking dish to make the baked mostaccioli. Hubby (he’s my dishwasher) was very pleasantly surprised.
I suggest serving some warm garlic bread and a nice green salad with this meal. Everyone in the family loves it and there were plenty of leftovers for those who work outside our home to take to work with them.
I have been using the Copper Chef a lot over the last few weeks and I really do like it. One thing I noticed right away is that it heats up much faster than any of my other pots and pans on the stovetop.
I really am enjoying the versatility of the Copper Chef pan. I fried fresh zucchini fritters in it the other day. It actually comes with a fry basket as well, but I didn’t really need it for a shallow fry. I plan on making some fried chicken for Hubby though soon in it tho, one of his very favorites. I personally don’t fry a lot, but I like having the option and the handy-dandy basket included with the Copper Chef when I do want to fry things.
I really have been surprised, in a very good way, at how often I am reaching for the Copper Chef pan for so many of the daily meals I cook for my family. I love that it is nice and deep and can hold a ton of ingredients and I also love that it comes with the steamer tray, fry basket, lid, and that I can put it directly into the oven from the stove top. I know many of my followers have seen me mention the Copper Chef over the past few weeks and wondered about it and I’m here to say I think it really is an amazing pan and would be a good investment for any home cook.
The amazing folks at Copper Chef are also providing another one for me to give away to one of my lucky readers! Happy dance! Use the entry form below to get in all your changes to win. After the giveaway widget you will find the full recipe for Baked Mostaccioli also.
Copper Chef Giveaway