Being away from friends and family can be difficult, yet the military requires you to adapt and overcome. Living on a military base comes with many benefits. It gives you a unique chance to make fun memories, make new friends, and eat great food. Living in Okinawa, Japan, the food is impeccable, with great dishes to try, yet you do not have to travel far from home to acquire some great, new recipes. This baked Mostaccioli is one of them.

This dish combines the fantastic flavors of lasagna without any fuss. Originating from Italy and using a ridged noodle, this recipe has many variations. Thanks to Takia Davis, creator of Fabulously Flawed and Tryin, this can now be a staple of any home. While sharing the recipe at a neighborhood block party, she expressed how easy it was to make and continued to say, “It’s so simple and quick. It’s the perfect potluck dish or a family night meal.”

The dish pairs perfectly with a side salad, garlic bread, and a favorite cocktail. Looking for a good cocktail, try this LemonBerry Smash.

Tips & Substitutions

Want to make a few changes to this dish, don’t hesitate. Customize it to suit your tastes. The pasta, typically prepared with Mostaccioli noodles, will use Penne noodles. Can’t find Penne noodles, try Ziti. It is also possible to substitute ground turkey, ground chicken, or Italian sausage for hamburger meat. Want to add some veggies? Consider chopping up some mushrooms or even spinach. It is even possible to substitute the meat and alfredo sauce to suit your preferences.

Have leftovers? It is possible to freeze this dish, which allows you to prepare it in bulk and reheat it later for enjoyment.

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