Recipe: Baked Spaghetti
From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish – Slightly Adapted
Prep time: 30 min |Cook time: 30 min | Yield: About 12 servings
1 pound of lean ground beef
3/4 pound of spaghetti noodles, cooked and drained
2 + cloves of garlic, minced (don’t skimp on the garlic, a little extra won’t hurt:
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped bell pepper
2 (14.5 ounce) cans Italian style diced tomatoes, with liquid
2 (10 ounce) cans Rotel tomatoes, with liquid
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
2 cups grated Cheddar or Mozzarella cheese, divided
1 (10-3/4 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 × 13 x 2 inch baking dish with non stick spray.
Break the spaghetti noodles in half one or twice to make them more bite sized and drop them into a large stockpot filled with boiling, well salted water. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet; remove, drain and set aside.
Add the onion and green bell pepper cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another 2 minutes. To that, add the tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and the cooked beef and bacon. Bring up to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Layer half of the spaghetti noodles into the prepared baking dish. Spoon over half of the meat sauce. Add half of the cheddar and then repeat all three layers. Combine the cream of mushroom soup with the water and blend well. Drop over the top layer of cheese and carefully spread across the top. Sprinkle the top with the Parmesan cheese and bake at 350 degrees, uncovered, for 30 to 35 minutes, or until heated through and bubbly around the edges.
The casserole came right up to the very top of my baking dish by the time that I got through the layering, so for insurance, I placed a pan on the lower rack and the casserole on the top rack to bake, just in case there was any spillover. There wasn’t, thankfully, but you may want to take that precaution also, just in case!
Can substitute all plain diced tomatoes; can also drain the Rotel to tone it down and just loosen the sauce a bit with some beef broth.