Cheesy Baked Spaghetti
If you want a delicious one-dish dinner you can prepare in advance, this cheesy baked spaghetti recipe is an excellent choice. This easy meal comes from Jamie, the writer of the Love Bakes Good Cakes recipe blog, which she often batch cooks so that she has some to serve for dinner and some casseroles to freeze for later on. Essentially this dinner recipe is spaghetti in a meat and tomato sauce and topped with cheese, but layering it in a dish means you can make it ahead, reserve it and bake it when you are ready for dinner. Plus, it is an enjoyable way to enjoy classic spaghetti. If you are on the search for casserole recipes and your family loves meaty spaghetti, this dish will be the one for you.
This cheesy baked spaghetti recipe includes several ingredients which you might already have in your pantry if you are a spaghetti aficionado. Dried herbs like oregano, basil and rosemary might already be in your spice cupboard, while dried spaghetti and tomato sauce could already be in your pantry. This dish also has minimal chopping, since all you have to do is mince a clove of garlic. If you don’t have dried spaghetti in your cupboard to complete this easy meal, you could substitute with whatever pasta you have on hand for an equally delicious dinner dish. Ground beef is a prime choice in spaghetti with meat sauce recipes, but also easy casseroles since it is full of flavour and is enjoyed by everyone. If you are looking for leaner meat, though, ground chicken or turkey would substitute fine. The key to one of the best casserole recipes ever is to use the ingredients you enjoy the most, and this spaghetti dish is an excellent way of helping you do that.
Since the spaghetti for this dish is going to be baked, it is a good idea to undercook it slightly when boiling it. Just take a look at the package instructions for the spaghetti and cook it for one or two minutes less so that it won’t become overly soft once baked with the sauce in the oven. The fact that pasta can become soft after sitting makes it not as ideal to use in casserole recipes, but with some know-how, you can ensure the spaghetti retains some bite after cooking. Although Jamie uses dried herbs in her spaghetti recipe, you could add fresh herbs, especially if you have extra on hand from cooking another dish or if you have a garden. Fresh herbs will add a fresher taste to the tomato sauce, but you will likely want to use twice the amount as the dried version since the dried versions tend to have a very strong taste. If you were substituting fresh herbs for dried, you would want to use half the amount. Consider adding plenty of fresh herbs to whatever you cook for every bright flavour and quality nutrition.
The next time you are searching for easy casseroles to prepare for your family or a get-together, try this cheesy spaghetti recipe with plenty of tomato sauce, meat and cheese. This spaghetti is a dish that will be easy to make, and even the pickiest eaters will love, which means you can keep it on the meal plan for many weeks to come. There is nothing more appealing than an easy meal you can make ahead, the entire family enjoys, looks delicious, and comes out perfectly every time. Thank you to Jamie, the author of the Love Bakes Good Cakes recipe blog, for sharing her cheesy baked spaghetti recipe with us.
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