February 20, 2014

Bobby Deen's Baked Spaghetti


Tomorrow is Friday!!!  Any fun plans?

You should make this Baked Spaghetti for your family.

The first time I made this casserole, it blew my expectations out of the water.  I was so surprised how much I liked it.  One, because I thought I added too much pasta and two, because it was baked - I didn't know what to expect.  

I have made it countless times since and it turns out perfect every time.  It is now a family favorite recipe.  I love that you can cut it out of the pan, in squares, and it holds its shape.  It is even good leftover.

Definitely a keeper.  
Bobby Deen's Baked Spaghetti
adapted from: Bobby Deen
(Printable Recipe) or (Printable with Picture)

1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 c. low-sodium chicken broth
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
splash of white wine vinegar, opt.
1 c. onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 c. fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp. garlic powder, or to taste
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1 bay leaf
1/2 Lb. lean ground beef
8 oz. angel hair pasta 
1 c. Cheddar cheese, grated
1 c. Mozzarella or Monterey cheese, grated

In a large saucepan, combine the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, Worcestershire, white wine vinegar, onion, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, sugar and bay leaf.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour.  When sauce is about done, in a nonstick skillet, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat until no pink remains.  Add the meat to the sauce.  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions and drain well.  Lightly grease an 8X8-inch casserole dish.  Combine the sauce mixture with the cooked pasta, 1/2 cup of Cheddar and 1/2 cup of Mozzarella or Monterey.  Pour into casserole dish.  Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.  Top with remaining cheese and continue to bake until melted and bubbly, about 5 minutes.  Serves: 5-6

Linked up at Weekend Potluck!

20 comments:

  1. Your pictures look great! I'm going to try this recipe very soon, spaghetti is one of my favorites!
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  2. This is such a fun idea Jenn!! I love spaghetti and what a fun variation :)

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  3. I love the simplicity of casseroles and we are big spaghetti fans- this is perfect! Saved for later :)

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  4. This sounds delicious and easy! A combo that I just can't resist! Can't wait to try it!

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  5. My family would go ca-razy for this spaghetti Jenn! Perfection! Pinned :)

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  6. Just wondering what your tomato sauce is? In new zealand tomato sauce is the equivalent of your ketchup. Is this what you mean?

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    1. It isn't ketchup. It comes in a can. The ingredients on the can are tomato paste, water, dehydrated onions, sweet bell pepper and some other seasonings. Does that help?

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  7. Do you think using sauce in a jar would work for this recipe? I found a great deal at the supermarket & am now stuck with 8 jars to use up, lol!

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    1. The flavor will be a little different, but you can absolutely used jarred pasta sauce.

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  8. I use sauce in a jar but spice it up. I use a lot of minced garlic and Italian herbs. I don't even measure. I also use ground beef. I simmer it for about an hour. I usually make a large quantity and put some in the freezer. This recipe sounds great since the sauce is already made and I have been looking for a baked spaghetti recipe.

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    1. Your sauce sounds delicious! Thanks.

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  9. Hubby and I would scarf this up in no time! Looks so tasty. Thanks much for sharing at Weekend Potluck. Please do come back again soon.

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  10. This sounds so delicious to me. Thanks! Pinned it!

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  11. I MADE THIS DISH LAST NIGHT AND IT WAS VERY GOOD , I'LL BE MAKING IT AGAIN ,THANKS

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  12. First the sauce smells and tastes incredible. I was skeptic at first but I can tell this will be a home-run dish. Thanks so much for the recipe. Can't wait to try more.

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