The Man Who Hated Mostaccioli Pasta

by Spicie Foodie on June 25, 2012

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pasta, Mostaccioli, penne, bolognese, Spicie FoodieThe events you are about to read are actual events that occurred Sunday between the hours of 6:20pm and 7 pm. Both parties have been allowed to tell their side of events.

This is a real story about a pasta weirdo, aka my husband. Though initially I had not intended to post this, it was he who suggested I share with you. Frankly I think the suggestion came with a slight selfish goal behind it. It is my belief that he wants this event documented so that he may have future evidence against me. I also believe that he would like for the cruelty forced upon him to be known. So here it goes.

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Me: “Dinner’s ready!” As I set down our biggest baking dish on the table.
Him: “What did you make? Oh…”
Me: “Its baked penne pasta with Bolognese sauce, I topped it with grated Mozzarella cheese too.”
Him: “It’s mostaccioli.” Said with a profound look of disappointment
Me: “Huh? No it’s penne pasta” Said with a tone of sarcasm and sass

He then goes on to say that he hates mostaccioli. What? That’s news to me. Yes, I know when it comes to pasta that isn’t long, thin, and flat noodles like spaghetti, fettucini, linguine, pappardelle, tagliatelle, lasagna he rather not eat it. Though he does love macaroni and that isn’t a long thin pasta. He says, “Yeah, but that’s different” Huh? See total weirdo. I figured though the pasta wasn’t a shape he liked the fact that it did have Bolognese sauce, cheese and it was baked, all things he loves, would make it okay. He of course does not agree.

Him: “Okay but the dish is called mostaccioli. Come on you’ve never had it before? You must have, it’s common with kids in the states, cookouts, school cafeterias. And I hate it” (Said as he took his first bite)

Me: “I’m sure I have then, I must have just forgotten about it. Well, I didn’t think I was inventing anything new. I was just trying to recreate it from the Italian restaurant.”

He then goes on to make a joke about how “apparently” I was thinking that I’d invented a new pasta dish. One he’d never heard of and would love. Oh he’s so funny, not! Did I tell you that as he was making his “funny” joke he served himself a second scoop. Well he did.

Me: “Well, I didn’t know you hated mostaccioli OR baked penne. You never told me.” (Sshh don’t tell him but after I said that I had a flashback of him telling me something about a baked pasta he hated. Obviously I choose to ignore his words. ) “And NO I didn’t think I was inventing something new. I made the whole bag, enough for 6 people thinking we could eat it for a couple…or few meals.”

Him: Laughing “Yes, I see. But I hate mostaccioli.” Serving himself another scoop.

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Me: Sarcastically, “I’m sorry, I won’t ever make you mostaccioli OR baked penne again. You don’t have to eat any more of it. I’ll eat the leftovers.”

Him: Laughing “No it’s okay we can eat if for lunch tomorrow.” Another scoop goes on his plate.

Me: “So I can see how much you hate mostacciolli. How many scoops is that?” I burst out laughing

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All in all he had about 5 scoops of mostaccioli, which did I tell you he supposedly hates. Proof that men are weirdos. I swear you can put any food in front of a man and even if he hates it he’ll scarf it down. Weirdos I tell ya! But at least now I know what to cook for him when he “forgets” to throw out the trash or makes me listen to bad screaming 80s metal bands.

To be fair, in the end my husband leaned over to hug me and say that he was just joking. Well, not about the part of hating mostaccioli, he still hates it. But he said that he liked mine and thanked me for making him a yummy dinner. Everybody say, aaaaawwwww!


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Easy Mostaccioli Pasta
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A family friendly recipe that takes little time and effort to prepare.
Recipe type: Main, Pasta,
Serves: 4-6
Bolognese Sauce:
  • 500 g or 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 15 oz (400 grams) can chopped stewed tomatoes
  • 6 oz (200 grams) tomato puree
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried Thyme
  • 2 tsp. dried Oregano
  • 2 tsp. dried Basil
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. salt, adjust to taste
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
For The Pasta:
  • 1 pack of penne/mostaccioli pasta
  • grated cheese
  1. Heat the oil, cook the ground meat all the way through. Drain off all excess fat from the pan. Next add the minced garlic and cook for 3 minutes, then add all of the spices and stir around for 1 minutes. Add the stewed tomatoes and tomato puree, stir. Cover and simmer until pasta has been boiled.
  1. Preheat oven to 200c or 375f, prepare a large baking dish. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Once pasta is cooked and drained mix with Bolognese sauce until well combined. Pour the pasta into the baking dish, cover with a layer of your favorite grated cheese. Place baking dish in center of oven and bake for 30 minutes and until cheese has melted completely.
Additionally you could mix grated cheese into the pasta before baking. Then add a final layer of grated cheese to top right before baking.


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