Baked pasta dishes are perfect on cold days, piping hot from the oven and coated in cheese. This spaghetti confetti recipe features baked spaghetti with a tomato and meat sauce and a hint of chili powder. This dish is reminiscent of spaghetti Bolognese; only it is baked with a layer of cheese for an even heartier dish.
Ground meat recipes are excellent because ground beef is more economical than steaks or pork chops. This spaghetti recipe uses one and a half pounds of beef, so you could purchase an extra large package, divide it into freezer bags and store some for later use. This dish is weeknight worthy because it uses a store-bought tomato sauce to coat the spaghetti. If possible, consider purchasing organic tomato sauce for all your easy pasta meals. Tomatoes currently frequent the Dirty Dozen Lists for 2016, because they are commonly grown with the use of several pesticides so be sure to wash tomatoes before eating them in a solution of 10% vinegar to 90% water letting them soak for at least 15-20 minutes. Organic tomatoes and tomato sauce will allow you to enjoy your spaghetti without the addition of toxic substances in your food.
Makes 12 servings
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12 ounce package of spaghetti
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1 medium green or red pepper chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic glove, minced
1-14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes, un-drained
1-8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder *optional
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper *optional
3/4 cup shredded cheese
Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
Meanwhile, in a skillet, put a spoonful of butter and fry the garlic and onions until the onions are transparent.
Add the ground beef, chopped pepper and cook until the meat is no longer pink.
Shut off and if there is any fat from the meat spoon it out.
Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, brown sugar, salt, chili powder, pepper, garlic powder and cayenne.
Drain spaghetti and add to the beef mixture. Stir together.
Transfer to a greased 13 by 9 inch baking dish.
Cover and bake at 350F for 30 minutes.
Uncover, sprinkle with cheese and bake 5 minutes longer or until the cheese has melted.
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Nutrition Facts for: Spaghetti Confetti From Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: Spaghetti, lean ground beef, red pepper, onion, garlic clove, canned diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, brown sugar, salt, chili powder, pepper, cayenne pepper, cheese.
* The entire recipe has been calculated for 12 servings. * Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * Per Serving:Calories 237, Calories from Fat 60, Total Fat 6.7g 10%, Saturated Fat 2.9g 15%, Cholesterol 79mg 26%, Sodium 386mg 16%, Potassium 472mg 13%, Carbohydrates 20.4g 7%, Dietary Fiber 1.2g 5%, Sugars 3.3g, Protein 23.0g, Vitamin A 16, Vitamin C 33%, Calcium 7%, Iron 67%
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