7.29.2012

Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti


If you haven't been hiding under a rock you've heard of Pinterest, aka heroin for adult women! This recipe has circulated Pinterest once or twice and every time I see it come through I'd think, that looks SO good! Finally I had a night where I knew I wanted a pasta dish (wait, isn't that every night?!) however I didn't feel like the same old thing and that is when I remembered this gem. I had all the ingredients, as you probably do too, and whipped it up with the help of my sous chef, Riglee. 

Was it good? It was phenomenal! The noodles are coated with a cream cheese mixture and when Baked with the sauce on top, the sauce just melts down between the noodles. I think a 9x13 pan of this was gone the next day because we ended up eating the leftovers for dinner the next night too. And if you have kids, a guaranteed crowd pleaser!! This will definitely make the comfort food rotation in my casa!


Ingredients:
12 oz spaghetti
1 (28 ounce) jars prepared spaghetti sauce
1 lb lean ground beef
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 clove garlic, minced (I omitted this)
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. In a skillet, brown the ground beef until cooked through; drain fat and stir in spaghetti sauce. Set aside.

2. Cook spaghetti according to directions on packet.  Drain and place cooked spaghetti in bowl.  Add cream cheese, Italian Seasoning and minced garlic.  Stir until cream cheese is melted and the spaghetti is thoroughly coated. 

3. Lightly grease a 9x13" pan.  Spread a small amount of meat sauce in the bottom of the dish.  Put spaghetti on top of sauce and top with remaining meat sauce (I actually did 2 layers of spaghetti and sauce). Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top and  bake for 30 minutes, until bubbly. 

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