Baked spaghetti is a recipe that typically involves layers of noodles, pasta sauce, cheese and optional meat prepared in a pan in the oven. If you do not enjoy microwaving leftover spaghetti, but don't want to throw away good food, or if you're simply looking for a way to revamp leftovers night, baked spaghetti is an option. With leftover spaghetti, you only need to add a few new ingredients before baking.
Things You'll Need
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- Sauce pot
- 1 pound ground beef (optional)
- Skillet (optional)
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce
- Baking pan
- Leftover spaghetti
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1 cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese
- Parmesan cheese
Add peppers, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning and 3/4 a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce to a pot. Cook on high heat until the sauce is brought to a boil, then turn down the heat to medium-low and let it simmer for an hour.
Cook ground beef in a skillet over medium heat until it has browned and there isn't any pink color. Drain the meat and add it to the sauce. Simmer the meat in the sauce for 20 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line your baking pan with the rest of the spaghetti sauce in the jar. This prevents your dish from sticking to the pan. If you do not want to use spaghetti sauce you can grease the pan.
Add half of your leftover spaghetti to the baking pan. Spread it out so that it makes a smooth layer.
Add in a little less than half of the cheese, spreading it over the spaghetti.
Pour the rest of your leftover spaghetti into the baking pan and add another layer of a little less than half of the remaining cheese.
Pour your sauce mixture over the entire casserole.
Bake the spaghetti casserole in the oven for 30 minutes.
Carefully pull the spaghetti out of the oven and pour the rest of your cheese over the top. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top layer as well.
Place the baked spaghetti back in the oven and watch for the cheese to melt. Wait about five minutes. Pull the spaghetti out of the oven when the cheese has melted. Let it sit for 10 minutes to cool before serving.
Tips & Warnings
- If your leftover spaghetti seems dry when you pull it out of the fridge mix in jarred spaghetti sauce until the it is moistened.
- Take care when putting in and removing dishes from the oven. Wear oven mitts to protect your hands.
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