Presenter:  Becky

Introduction: 

Many years ago my friend Erin shared this recipe for her families baked spaghetti casserole with me and I have given it to many other friends.  I have made a few changes over the years to suit my families taste, but this continues to be a favorite in our house! 

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Procurements:

  • 1 lb. spaghetti (I break it in half for easier mixing and eating!)
  • 1/2 lb. bacon, cut into small pieces (I use kitchen shears)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced or grated
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 c. ketchup (Heinz of course!)
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 soup can hot water
  • 3 c. sharp cheddar cheese (divided), freshly grated (NOT pre shredded)
  •  salt and pepper to taste

Operating Procedures:

Butter a 9×13 in deep baking dish.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cut bacon with kitchen shears into small pieces and saute it in a large stock pot until crisp.  Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.

While bacon is cooking, dice onion.

Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat from the pan and cook ground beef until totally cooked through and brown.  

Next, add onions and cook until translucent, about 5 mins.  Grate in garlic and cook another 30 seconds.  

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Add the ketchup, soup, water, and cooked bacon to the pot and bring to a boil.  Then reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Pasta sauce simmering to perfection!

While the sauce is cooking, boil pasta to your preferred doneness, but remember it will cook more as you bake it, so I suggest only cooking to al dente. Drain pasta and set aside until sauce is ready.

When sauce has simmered for 30 minutes, add the cooked pasta back in and mix to combine.  

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Transfer to buttered baking dish and top with a ton of cheddar cheese.

Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly!

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Ooey gooey melted cheese!

Let cook for 10 minutes and slice.

Proposals:

I will often break this recipe into two smaller square disposable pans and bake one for dinner, and freeze one for Michael to make on a Monday grad class night. It is also what I often bring to friends who have babies.  This casserole, a loaf of garlic bread and a salad makes a fantastic meal!

Closing Remarks:

As I have said many other times in recipes that call for cheese, DO NOT use pre shredded cheese in this recipe.  Fresh is always best!

Baked Spaghetti
A cheesey and delicious pasta bake.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. spaghetti (I break it in half for easier mixing and eating!)
  2. 1/2 lb. bacon, cut into small pieces (I use kitchen shears)
  3. 1 small onion, diced
  4. 2 cloves garlic, diced or grated
  5. 1 lb. ground beef
  6. 1 c. ketchup (Heinz of course!)
  7. 1 can tomato soup
  8. 1 soup can hot water
  9. 3 c. sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated (NOT preshredded)
  10. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Butter a 9x13 in deep baking dish.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Cut bacon with kitchen shears into small pieces and saute it in a large stock pot until crisp. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.
  4. While bacon is cooking, dice onion.
  5. Drain all but 1 table spoon of the bacon fat from the pan and cook ground beef until totally cooked through and brown.
  6. Next, add onions and cook until translucent, about 5 mins. Grate in garlic and cook another 30 seconds.
  7. Add the ketchup, soup, water, and cooked bacon to the pot and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium low and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. While the sauce is cooking, boil pasta to your preferred donness, but remember it will cook more as you bake it, so I suggest only cooking to al dente. Drain pasta and set aside until sauce is ready.
  9. When sauce has simmered for 30 minutes, add the cooked pasta back in and mix to combine.
  10. Transfer to buttered baking dish and top with a tone of cheddar cheese.
  11. Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly!
  12. Let cook for 10 minutes and slice.
Notes
  1. I will often break this recipe into two smaller square disposable pans and bake one for dinner, and freeze one. It is also what I often bring to friends who have babies. This casserole, a loaf of garlic bread and a salad makes a fantastic meal!
Adapted from My friend Erin's family recipe
Adapted from My friend Erin's family recipe
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