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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Baked Spaghetti using 100% WHOLE GRAIN Pasta

Italian food is my thing! My favorite restaurants are the Olive Garden, Carrabbas, Macaroni Grill...you get my drift! At home, one of my go-to-foods is spaghetti because it's quick, cheap, lasts a few days and Maddie seems to like it a lot!


Three things...

  • I've never made baked spaghetti until now because I thought that extra step (baking it) was such a waste of time and if I was going to do that I might as well make lasagna.
  • I've been dreading switching to 100% Whole Grain pasta so I've been avoiding pasta dishes for a while until now!
  • This is the best spaghetti I've ever made and the husband's response was "Babe, this is REALLY good!"  He's terribly picky and didn't even notice that I only used sausage instead of beef + sausage, not to mention the whole grain pasta....until I told him so!
Here's how you make this yummy dish for dinner, enjoy...

Prep Time: 20 min | Cook Time: 10 - 15 min 



Ingredients
1/2 package of Hillshire Farms Beef Smoked Sausage
1/2 package of Ronzoni Healthy Harvest, 100% Whole Grain Spaghetti
1 Clove of Garlic, minced
1 Small yellow onion, chopped
1/2 Green pepper, chopped
1 Can diced tomatoes
Spaghetti sauce, as desired*
Herbs & Spices, as desired**
1 1/2 Cups of Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1/2 Cup of Mozzarella Cheese



Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large skillet saute sausage for 10 minutes then add the garlic, onion and pepper and cook until softened.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, your favorite spaghetti sauce (in the amount that you prefer, I like a lot of sauce)* and any herbs and spices you prefer and let simmer."
  • Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti noodles according to the package for a minute or two less than directed.
  • Drain pasta and add to the spaghetti sauce skillet. 
  • Add 1 cup of cheddar cheese.
  • Incorporate noodles and cheese into the sauce completely.
  • Pour the spaghetti into an appropriately sized casserole dish (I used a 2 quart dish).
  • Top with the remaining mixture of cheese (1/2 cup of cheddar/ 1/2 cup of mozzarella).
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Happy eating!

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9 comments

  1. This looks absolutely marvelous and awesome that you used the whole grain pasta!

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    1. Thanks, Tasha! I was VERY skeptical about the pasta! But it turned out great!!!

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  2. I love spaghetti. I know my hubby would love the addition of the sausage too. It's so cute watching the kids eat messy food like spaghetti. Puts a smile on my face.

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    1. I agree, Lanaya! I gave the sausage a try one day and now my husband won't eat spaghetti without it! So beware!

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  3. It was really good too and I didn't even care how you made it. I enjoyed my visit and lookinh forward to the next one!! Love you guys!!!~~~~

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  4. What an amazing recipe! Going to try, my family would love this!

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  5. I like spaghetti! I like to add in some spaghetti squash to trick the kiddos into eating more veggies.

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  6. Whole wheat noodles are pretty yummy! We've switched to whole wheat everything (pancakes and waffles included)! I saw your blog on the Lovely Blog Hop by Rekita! I look forward to reading more!

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