Is it spaghetti? Is it lasagna? It’s….both. Just imagine spaghetti noodles mixed with the same yummy ricotta mixture that is usually found in
the layers of lasagna. Then it’s all baked and topped with your favorite meat sauce or meatless if that’s what you’re going for.
How is Baked Spasagna different from Baked Spaghetti? Not much. The ricotta layer in this Baked Spasagna is so delicious!
It’s good and full of flavor. I’m not going to say that it’s healthy by any means but it’s a comfort dish that the whole family will love. Supposedly it’s a knock off from a dish from the restaurant Cheddar’s but since I haven’t been there I can’t vouch for that.
This Baked Spasagna makes a heaping 9X13 pan of pasta so prepare to feed a crowd or even half it.
Spaghetti noodles are mixed with the cheesy mixture that you would usually put in lasagna.
Take a change on spaghetti by adding it to a casserole dish to make baked spasagna.
- 1 1/2 lbs 24 ounces spaghetti noodles, uncooked
- 2 lbs shredded mozzarella cheese you could probably get away with less
- 8 ounces ricotta cheese
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 1 1/4 cups half-and-half
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese divided
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 12 ounces ground beef or sausage
- 1/2 cup chopped white onion
- 1 24 ounce jar spaghetti sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook spaghetti al dente according to package directions. Drain and place in large mixing bowl.
In another mixing bowl, stir together sour cream, ricotta, half-and-half, mozzarella, oregano, basil, pepper, garlic, salt, and half of the Parmesan cheese.
Add above cheese mixture to the spaghetti. Mix gently until spaghetti is evenly coated with mixture.
Spray a 9x13 glass baking dish with cooking spray.
Gently place spaghetti mixture into prepared dish. Top with remaining Parmesan cheese.
Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees in pre-heated oven for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven, remove foil and place dish on cooling rack for 10 minutes.
While pasta is cooking, prepare the meat sauce.
For the meat sauce: Add ground beef or sausage to a skillet over medium heat and brown meat well. Add salt and pepper. Add the onion and cook until soft. Drain meat and set aside. Add spaghetti sauce and let simmer for about ten minutes.
Cut pasta into into squares and top with meat sauce.
Source: adapted from Food.com
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