It’s the 7th day of the month again. That means it’s time for our monthly cooking challenge! This month we were on the quest to find a spaghetti recipe that would knock your socks off. I know what you’re thinking. Spaghetti is boring, why focus on this food? Well, I think spaghetti was picked because it is a staple in most family’s dinner menus. It’s quick, it’s easy and if you do it right, can be very inexpensive.
In the summer time when my garden is in full bloom, I’ll make my own tomato sauce. But I’ll admit during the other times of the year, it’s the jarred stuff for me. My favorite jarred spaghetti sauce is Mom’s Garlic & Basil spaghetti sauce. I can’t always find it but when I do, I stock up. In my search for the ultimate spaghetti recipe, I came across Scooter’s Spaghetti by Salad In A Jar. Immediately I wanted to know who Scooter was and if she would be my best friend and cook for me. This recipe uses something I thought was only used on green bean casserole…french fried onions. Oh, it’s so good. Don’t even think about leaving them off. It makes the meal.
- 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 large can spaghetti sauce (26.5 ounces)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/3 cup chopped onions
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Fresh grated Parmesan cheese
- French Fried Onions (small can)
- Cook spaghetti according to directions on the package. Cook to al dente, drain and set aside.
- Brown ground beef. Drain excess grease. Add spaghetti sauce to skillet and heat.
- Combine onions and butter in small glass bowl. Cover and microwave 4 minutes on HIGH until soft.
- Add cream cheese and milk to vegetables and stir well.
- Using a 10 x 6 casserole dish, assemble in the following order:
- Thin layer of spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the casserole dish.
- Cream cheese/vegetable mixture
- Spaghetti sauce
- Parmesan Cheese (amount subject to your own taste)
- French Fried Onions (added during last 5 minutes of cooking)
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Top with French Fried onion and continue baking 5 more minutes.
This has become the only way we eat spaghetti. Forget big meatballs, I want cream cheese and french fried onions! I hope you enjoy it and stop by Salad In A Jar’s blog and browse around. You’ll find lots of inspiration and won’t be disappointed!