May 31, 2011

Baked Spaghetti

I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing long weekend! We spent ours hanging out with friends, lounging by the pool and still attempting to put away wedding gifts.

I made one of my favorite recipes last night for dinner and wanted to share it. It is one of my aunt's "go-to" recipes. I altered her recipe(that originally had no meat and no veggies--just pasta, sauce and cheese) to be a little healthier. It is easy to make, delicious and we usually have enough left overs for 3-4 meals!

Original Recipe Ingredients(plus notes from me!):
1 (8oz) pkg. vermicelli
--I use whole wheat noodles
½ c. milk
--I used 1%, because that's all we have besides almond milk. I bet skim would work too
1 egg, well beaten

½ c. grated Parmesan cheese

1 jar prepared spaghetti sauce or 2 to 3 cups homemade
--we're fans of any sauce with roasted red peppers and garlic
4 oz. (1c.) shredded mozzarella cheese.

To that I added:
1 lb lean ground beef(you could probably do turkey too)
1 yellow squash, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1/3 vidalia onion, diced
2-3 white mushrooms, diced


Heat oven to 350 degree. Cook pasta to desired toughness. Drain and rinse with hot water. Lightly grease a 8z12 or 9 x 13 baking dish. In a large bowl, lightly toss cooked pasta with milk, egg and Parmesan + any additions(veggies, meat). If you are adding meat, brown & drain it before mixing it in.Turn mixture in to a prepared dish, spreading evenly. Spoon sauce evenly over top. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 for 30-40 min. or until thoroughly heated. Allow to cool 5 minutes before cutting into squares.

It is delicious! We loved it during the winter, but it really isn't too heavy for spring/summer. You can play around with the veggies you add as well.

Anyone else have a good go-to recipe to share?


Anonymous said...

Ooh i love the idea of adding zucchini & squash. Baked Spaghetti is on my rotation of weekly menus too. I've never added cheese to the egg & milk mix, but I'll def try your recipe next time! Thanks doll :)

The Southern Lady said...

Good afternoon from Tokyo!

I just found your blog via Ally of "Copacetic in Carolina". Can I tell you how hungry this post has made me? It's not even noon and I'm already dreaming of baked spaghetti for dinner! Thank you for sharing and best wishes to you and your new Husband. As a gal who lived in Memphis for 5 years, enjoy all the blues, BBQ, and soulfull southerness the city has to offer.