Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Baked Spasagna

I saw this recipe on Pinterest; the pin was from the blog Plain Chicken, who got the recipe from, where the recipe is touted as a copycat for an entree at Cheddar's restaurants.  Got that?  Lol.

Anyway, I really like this recipe because it's like a lazy man's lasagna: all the lasagna taste without all the work.  Easy and yummy?  Sold.  That said, I've tweaked the recipe because the original was a little excessive on the amounts of ingredients.  And even with my changes this still fills up a 9x13 and should be enough to feed a family of 6 or more.

adapted from recipe on Plain Chicken

16 oz (1 lb.) uncooked spaghetti
16 oz (2 cups) shredded mozzarella
8 ounces (1 cup) ricotta cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup half-and-half (fat-free is fine), or milk
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, divided, plus more for garnish
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1 jar (26 oz) spaghetti sauce*
1 lb. Italian sausage or ground beef

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

In a large bowl, stir together sour cream, ricotta, half-and-half or milk, mozzarella, oregano, basil, pepper, garlic, salt, and half the Parmesan cheese.  Add spaghetti and toss until well coated.  Pour mixture into prepared pan and press even.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

Cover dish with foil and bake for 40 minutes.

While pasta is baking, prepare meat sauce: brown sausage or ground beef in skillet; drain.  Add spaghetti sauce and simmer.

Remove pasta from oven; let stand about 10 minutes.  Cut pasta into squares and top with meat sauce.  Sprinkle more Parmesan for garnish, if desired.

*My favorite jarred spaghetti sauce is Prego's Italian Sausage and Garlic, but it only comes in a 23.5 oz jar, so I used that and added a 14.5 oz can of petite diced tomatoes.  Turned out good!

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