I know I say this a lot... but this was REALLY good! We had this for our first college football game watch party. It's a different approach to a recipe I've made since my kids were little. This is an easy recipe and the variations are endless!
This spaghetti casserole recipe got rave reviews!
Serve with a little garlic bread and a side salad and you've got a hearty meal that everyone will love!
1 pound of Angel hair pasta (we used whole wheat)
1 pound of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 box of cream cheese (feel free to use light or fat free)
1 large jar of spaghetti sauce, I like to use a zesty flavor.
1 small jar of green olives with pimentos, chopped
1 small package of pepperonis, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
1 pound of ground Italian sausage
1 pound of ground beef
In a large skillet brown the sausage,ground beef, and onion. Set aside.
Boil the angel hair pasta according to package directions and then drain, rinsing with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
Grate the cheese and chop the olives and pepperonis and add to the meat mixture.
Heat the spaghetti sauce and then add cream cheese, stir to blend.
Now it's time to layer!
Find a casserole dish large enough to accommodate all of the ingredients and spray a little bit of cooking spray to keep it from sticking. Add a little bit of sauce to the bottom of pan. Then add about half of the spaghetti, then half the meat, half the cheese, half the sauce. Repeat the layers. Make sure your final layer is sauce so that the cheese won't burn while cooking. I reserved some of the cheese to add during the last few minutes of cooking. Bake in an oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let cool before serving.
Feel free to add whatever ingredients you like. Mushrooms would be great, or black olives, or even bell pepper if that's what blows your skirt up! But to me, the green olives take me back to the spaghetti sauce that mom made when I was growing up. :)
This made a ton of food. I ended up having enough that I made another pan to put in the freezer to send home with my son.
Life on the lake is laid back. When we cook it's far from being fancy affair. It's all about relaxing with friends and family and enjoying comfort food. More often than not it's not all that healthy but boy it sure is good!!!
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