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Monday, May 9, 2016

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti

We’re all kinds of pasta lovers here in the SFFS house. We have been since the kids were little...like most families. Cheesy pasta is the BEST pasta, don’t you think? So if you love spaghetti AND lasagna then this is for you. It’s fun to switch things up once in a while, right? This is totally kid-friendly...and adult friendly as well. We loved this. I made two small pans of this instead of one large one so I could send it home with my daughter for her family. You can do the same thing and freeze a pan for later to pull out on a busy day when cooking is the last thing on your mind. Anyway...this is super yummy and super simple!

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti
1 24-ounce jar pasta sauce
1 pound ground beef
1 onion ~ diced
1 - 2 garlic cloves ~ minced
Salt & pepper to taste
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 16-ounce container ricotta cheese
12 ounces spaghetti ~ cooked and drained

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray.
In a large skillet, saute the onion and garlic for about 5 minutes.
Add the ground beef and cook until done.
Add the spaghetti sauce, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, egg and some salt and pepper.
Place the cooked and drained spaghetti in the prepared pan.
Spread the ricotta cheese mixture over the spaghetti.
Pour the meat sauce over the cheese mixture then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Cover with foil and bake 20 - 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
Allow to stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Let's get to cookin'!

Saute the onion and garlic for a bit 
then add the ground beef and cook 
until done. Next pour in the pasta 
sauce and seasonings. Simmer.

Mix together the mozzarella cheese, egg, ricotta cheese and some salt and pepper.

Plop the cooked spaghetti into your 
pan then add the cheese mixture.

Spread it evenly over the spaghetti.

Pour the meat sauce over 
the cheese mixture.

Sprinkle with the Parmesan 
cheese, cover and bake! 

Serve up that cheesy, meaty goodness!