13 October 2011

Scooter's Spaghetti



This spaghetti is the best I've tasted. I originally found the recipe on Pinterest, but the link is no longer working.

Ingredients

8 ounces uncooked spaghetti 
1 pound ground beef
1 large can spaghetti sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup chopped green peppers
1/3 cup chopped onions
8 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoons milk
Grated Parmesan cheese
French fried onions (small can)

1. Cook spaghetti; drain and set aside.

2. Brown ground beef; drain. Add spaghetti sauce to the skillet and heat through.

3. Combine onions, peppers, and butter in a small bowl. Cover and microwave for four minutes on high, until soft. (As usual, I don't like adding veggies because I feel the need to only eat fatty foods.) I actually don't mind the vegetables in this recipe, but I didn't have them on hand. I just melted the butter in the microwave.

4. Add cream cheese and milk to the vegetables (or in my case, to the butter); stir. 

 

5. In a casserole dish, layer the following in order:

Spaghetti
Cream Cheese Mixture
Spaghetti Sauce
Parmesan Cheese (add the amount you prefer)
French Fried Onions (add during the last five minutes of the baking process)

*I mixed half of the sauce in with the meat and noodles prior to layering, and I used the remainder as directed in the layering process. I was afraid the sauce wouldn't be evenly distributed.


 
 



*I didn't have eight ounces of spaghetti noodles so I added ziti noodles to the amount I did have.

I left the french onions out the second time I made it. The original recipe said that was the ingredient that makes it special, but it didn't do much for me. It didn't make the recipe any less delicious, but in my opinion, it didn't make it any better either. I think the ingredient that makes it special is the cream cheese baked inside. 

It is SO creamy. Like "melt in your mouth" creamy. The major fail moment for most baked spaghetti recipes is that they often turn out really dry, but you don't need to worry about that with this one. I couldn't think of one thing that would make it better. This dish will be in heavy rotation at my house. 

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