Sunday, November 15, 2009

Baked Spaghetti

2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes
2 (15 oz.) cans tomato sauce
2 cups water
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp. dried parsley ( or approx. 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley)
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
3 small bay leaves
2 lbs. ground beef
8 ounces uncooked angel hair spaghetti
*1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
*1 cup grated cheddar cheese

* Or, can use 2 cups Cheddar Jack cheese blend

Chop onion and green pepper.

Chop garlic.

In a medium stockpot, combine tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, chopped onions, peppers, and garlic, parsley and all seasonings. Add bay leaves and stir gently.

Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat, cover and let simmer for approximately 45 minutes.

While the sauce mixture is simmering, Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium high heat. Cook until desired brownness.

Drain any fat from browned ground beef and add beef to sauce.

Stir until well-combined.

Cook pasta according to the package directions and drain well in colander.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cover the bottom of a 13" x 9" pan with sauce. Add a layer of half of the cooked pasta.

Top with approximately 3/4 cup grated cheese mixture.

Repeat layers.

End with a final layer of sauce on top.

Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 30 minutes.

Top the spaghetti with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and return to oven for about 5 more minutes -- or until cheese is completely melted.

Cut into squares and serve with salad and garlic bread.


GirlB300 said...

Oh I can't wait to try this one! My family LOVES the crock pot lasagna! I've missed you!!

Jenna said...

A post on Mimi's Making Meals?!?!

The Lord hath answered my prayers. :-)

Love you sweet Emilie!!

Heather said...

sounds yummy! welcome back!!!

Sarah said...

I have missed your posts! Miss you.

Jenny said...

I too have missed you! Can't wait to try this one out!

Alex and Jill said...

Mimi, you're back!!!

This looks DE-LISH! Making this for homegroup the next time I have to cook. :)

Rebekah said...

Yay for a post! Yum-o! This is one of my favorite meals! I can't wait to try it!