Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Baked Spaghetti

 Growing up, my mom always made her spaghetti sauce from scratch (until I was a teen and it became easier with four kids to use a jar). She is an amazing cook and so I'm kind of a snob when it comes to homemade lasagnas, spaghetti sauces, stuffed shells (you get the pictures, I'm sure), or things with a tomato base. So when I tried this recipe that my friend Jamie gave me years ago, I was instantly hooked! It is so easy and so delicious. I no longer make my homemade lasagna or stuffed shells because it has that same awesome flavor without all the work! All of the flavors meld together perfectly and I alter the canned jar of sauce just a little bit to make it taste more homemade. My husband and kids always devour this!

Baked Spaghetti from Jamie

Mix these ingredients together and place in a greased 9x13 baking dish:

12 oz angel hair pasta, cooked
1 egg
1 C parmesan cheese
2 T chopped basil

Mix these together and place on top of the pasta:

1 lb hamburger, cooked
1 (13 oz) container ricotta cheese
2 C grated mozzarella cheese, save ½ C for the top
1 jar pasta sauce

Sprinkle ½ C mozzarella cheese on sauce. Bake at 350 for about 35 min or until the cheese starts to bubble.

**You might be tempted to throw the whole box (16oz) of pasta in to boil. I've done that before and it definitely only needs the 12 oz that is calls for. I found it was not enough sauce for that extra bit of noodles.

**If you have a pasta sauce that you love and don't want to alter--perfect. Otherwise I like to use the Prago regular sauce and add 1/4-1/2 C brown sugar, 2-4 cloves of garlic, and italian seasoning. I just season it to taste.


*Priscilla* said...

i *love* baked sphagettie and this looks soo good!

Barbara Bakes said...

Sounds like a great, quick and easy meal!

Jamie Y said...

I'm glad you like this recipe, it's still a favorite at our house too!

The Bentley Family said...

I made this one over the weekend and really enjoyed it. Thanks for the awesome recipe!