Friday, May 16, 2014

Simply Baked Spaghetti

Baked Spaghetti with Fettuccine Noodles

Need a new dish for your next church or family gathering?  Why create the same ole thing? Try our spaghetti dish with a twist!  I usually make this for my lunches throughout the week.  I don't mind leftovers, so this is perfect for me.  The recipe is not heavy on the sauce, so it sticks together more than regular spaghetti.  But you can always add in a bit more sauce if you like it runny and messy!



Ingredients:

1 lb - Ground Beef
1/2 lb - Sausage
2 - 14.5 oz cans of peeled and crushed tomatoes (undrained)
2 - 14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes (undrained)
2 - 7 oz cans of mushrooms (undrained)
1 - 10.5 oz can of cream of mushroom
2 TB - Italian Seasoning
1 TB - Garlic Powder
1 TB - Sugar
1/2 stick of butter  
2-3 TB - Cornstarch
1 Cup - Water
1 - Onion
2 - Bell Peppers (any color)
1 lb - Cottage Cheese
1 Cup - Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 lb - Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 lb - Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 1/2 boxes or 18 oz - Fettuccine noodles

First, you will need to brown your ground beef and sausage in a skillet or suitable pan.  While the meat is cooking, go ahead and dice your onion and peppers to your liking and set to the side. You will then drain the grease and move the meat to a larger pan which will hold your sauce also. Next, mix together all of your tomatoes, mushrooms, cream of mushroom, italian seasoning, garlic powder, sugar and butter into the pan with meat. Whisk the cornstarch with the water until dissolved, then pour into the pan. Bring this to a boil while stirring occasionally and then reduce to a simmer. You will now add in your onion and peppers. I add them last so they don't become too soft and squishy. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Next, you will boil the noodles according to the instructions on the box while the sauce simmers. When the noodles are finished cooking, you will drain the water from them. Take the casserole bowl, I use an 11" x 15" glass dish, and lightly butter or grease the dish.  Place half the noodles on the bottom, then pour half the sauce over the noodles, spread half the cottage cheese over the sauce, sprinkle all the mozzarella over the cottage cheese.  You will then repeat the process by placing the remaining noodles in another layer, topping with the remaining sauce, the remaining cottage cheese, then sprinkle all the cheddar cheese and parmesan over the top. Place the uncovered dish into the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes. Remove and let cool.  It's that simple!

Check back with us on Sunday when we will let you know what events/festivals are happening around Tennessee for the next weekend. If you missed this weekend's list, you can find the post on our blog from this past Sunday, May 11, 2014!

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