Friday, November 9, 2012

Baked Spaghetti Casserole

I LOVE spaghetti and I also love lasagna!  But, sometimes I just get bored with the same old stuff.  That's when I start searching for new ways to prepare some of my favorite foods.  This is a combination of a variety of recipes I tested for baked spaghetti casserole.  It is awesome!!

First of all, the picture above doesn't look as pretty as many of the picture I saw from other recipes.  I have come to the conclusion that those served meals were frozen and then cut so they are "solid" in the picture.  I am more concerned with keeping it real!  So - it kind of comes out of the pan as a mess!  But it is delicious!!!


1 - 16 ounce package of spaghetti
8 ounces ricotta cheese (low-fat)
16 ounces of your favorite spaghetti sauce (I make mine from scratch)
Desired amount of cooked hamburger or vegetarian substitute
12 ounces mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


Cook the pasta according to package directions (do not over cook).  

1st Layer:  Drain pasta and place in a greased glass casserole dish.  

2nd Layer:  Top with ricotta cheese

3rd Layer:  Sprinkle on hamburger (or substitute).

4th Layer:  Pour/Spread (mine is a thick sauce) spaghetti sauce on top of meat.

5th Layer:  Top with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.

Now is a good time to freeze this meal.  Just make sure you use a good container with a lid.

Bake at 350 degrees until the top cheese starts to brown.  Bake time is about 20 minutes (longer if cold or frozen).


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