Friday, August 27, 2010

Straight to the Recipe Box.

I love it when I come across a recipe that's easy but tastes like it's a lot of work. This is one of those recipes and as soon as I took a bite the recipe card went straight into my recipe box, which rarely happens.

Three Cheese Baked Spaghetti

Here's a list of the ingredients you need for the pasta part of this dish.
8 ounces spaghetti, cooked and drained.

While your pasta is cooking mix together the following in a separate bowl:
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
 (1 1/2 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese*

Mash this mixture into the still hot spaghetti noodle, then spread this mixture into the bottom of a well greased dish. I used a 7x 11 but you can use an 8'' pan too.

Now the ingredients for the sauce part of this delicious spaghetti:

1lb ground beef, browned and drained.
1 tsp garlic powdered
1/2 onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups spaghetti sauce
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, or cheddar

Once your beef is browned and drained, add all other ingredients except for the mozzarella/cheddar cheese. Cook until warmed through then spread on the top of the cheese-noodle mixture. Now add the mozzarella/cheddar cheese on top.
Bake uncovered, 350 degrees for 35 minutes, or until cheese is melted and it's all bubbly.

Everyone in the house ate this for dinner. I couldn't believe my two youngest actually enjoyed it and asked for seconds. They love pasta, but spaghetti has never been a favorite of theirs. This one is a keeper and I may add it to the bi-weekly menu plan.

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