Thursday, March 22, 2012

Baked Spaghetti

One benefit of pinterest in this house is that it inspires me to be a better wife.
I love spaghetti but I wanted something a little more than my usual. 
When I found this recipe, I knew it was for me!
The photo is how mine turned out.

Here is the recipe I used (altered to fit my taste. HERE is the original)

Baked Parmesan Spaghetti
serves 4-6
1/2 pound spaghetti
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/4 pounds ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
5 fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 cups of your favorite pasta sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep water to boil for pasta. I cooked a spaghetti with a 10-minute cooking time for 7 minutes since it was going in the oven.
Heat a skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. Add onions with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and saute until soft, about 5-6 minutes. Add garlic and stir for another minute. Add ground beef to skillet along with the salt and pepper. Cook and drain.
Stir in one cup of pasta sauce and the chopped fresh basil. Mix to combine, then add in pasta and toss. Spray a 9×13 baking dish (or baking dish of your choice) with non-stick spray. Add half of the spaghetti mixture to the dish, then top with 1/2 cup pasta sauce and half of each cheese. Add the remaining spaghetti and top with the rest of the sauce and cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown and bubbly.