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Baked Spaghetti

Ciao foodies,

For our around the world tour, I am also bringing you an Italian recipe: baked spaghetti. This recipe is a great way to jazz up normal spaghetti for an impressive meal that is cheap and super easy.

You will need:

  • 1 large jar of your favorite tomato sauce
  • 1 lb ground beef (a mixture or sausage and ground beef could also be combined for more flavor)
  • 1 box of spaghetti or angel hair pasta
  • 1 bag italian shredded cheese (Just plain mozarella could work too, but I like the mixture)
  • 1 tbs. oregano
  • 1 tbs. basil
  • 1 tbs. sugar
  • 1 tsp. paprika (pepper or tabasco could be used for the same heat)
  • ½ tbs. garlic powder

Directions: Heat your oven to 350⁰. Start boiling water for the pasta. Put the tomato sauce in a saucepan and heat on simmer. Add the oregano, basil, sugar, paprika and garlic powder. Taste the sauce after it heats and change the amounts of spices until you reach your desired flavor. Then brown the meat in a skillet until it is fully cooked and drain the fat.  Add the meat to the sauce.  Once the pasta water is boiling, cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. Drain the pasta. In a baking dish, put a layer of meat sauce on the bottom so it covers the dish. Add the pasta on top and then the rest of the sauce. Put a generous layer of cheese on top (about half the bag) and bake in the over for about 30 minutes, checking it every once in awhile. Cut and serve. You can also make garlic bread to accompany the baked spaghetti by putting some butter and garlic powder on any kind of bread you have around (hamburger bun, white bread, etc.) and toast or broil until golden brown.

This recipe makes 6-8 servings and is great for a “family” meal with your roommates or impressing your friends. You can also half the recipe if you just want 2-4 servings. I always use store bought pasta sauce and just add my own spices to flavor. It’s a nice shortcut to make great homemade pasta sauce without all the work. Happy Thursday foodies!



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