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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Do you need a tried and true recipe to take to someone in need? I have one for you.  It's easy and delicious.  

Shannon had a very stressful day last week.  I wanted to help her by taking care of dinner. Hopefully, not worrying about dinner helped ease the stresses of the day.  

I made Baked Spaghetti, Caesar salad, French bread and Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies (see Cookie Swap for recipe).

Baked Spaghetti is my stand-by, along with a few other recipes.  Don't worry, I will share more of them.   Here's a picture.  My sauce bubbled up a bit and the heart shape was completely unintentional, but made me happy nonetheless.

Baked Spaghetti Recipe
1         package (8 oz.) spaghetti, cooked and drained
2         tablespoons butter
1         cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1         container (24 oz.) cottage cheese
1         pound ground beef
1         jar or can (about 20 oz.) pasta sauce 
          (for my cincy friends, please use LaRosas, it is the best!)
1         package (8 oz.) shredded Mozzarella cheese

PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Spray a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with  with Pam cooking spray.

COMBINE hot cooked spaghetti with butter; stir until butter melts and coats spaghetti. Add 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese; stir to coat. Arrange spaghetti in an even layer in pan. Spread cottage cheese over spaghetti. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Brown ground beef, drain; add pasta sauce and heat until bubbly. Spoon over cheeses. Top with Mozzarella cheese and remaining Parmesan cheese.

COVER with non-stick foil. Bake 30 minutes. Remove foil cover and continue baking 15 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.


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2 comments:

  1. Jill, when you made us this dinner it was absolutely delicious! I made it last night BUT I lightened it up a bit and it was still scrumptious! I used whole wheat spagetti noodels, fat free cottage cheese, low fat mozzerella cheese, ground sirloin (93% beef, and no butter. YUM. Even my inlaws scarfed it down. Wowee!!! A little less guilt with a great meal. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  2. I agree with Shannon's comments - this was awesome. I made similar changes - whole wheat spaghetti, lowfat cottage cheese, half the butter, and 12 oz. of soy crumbles instead of beef. My son, who had complained about this the entire time it was cooking, scarfed it down. This will become a regular in our house, so thanks for sharing!

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