Recipe of the Month – Spaghetti Bake

My daughter had good luck picking taco casserole for a dinner that she has continued to suggest other meals.  This one came for the Delish website. Since she likes spaghetti this seemed like the perfect fit for her. While it was good (needs more sauce), I don’t think I would choose this over a regular plate of spaghetti.

 

 

Ingredients

Cooking spray
16 oz. spaghetti
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. ground beef
kosher salt
ground black pepper
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 (28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 c. basil, chopped
1 c. shredded mozzarella
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a medium baking dish with cooking spray. Cook spaghetti according to package directions until al dente, drain, and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Add ground beef, season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning, and cook until no longer pink, about 8 minutes. Drain fat in a bowl lined with paper towels and return to pan. Pour in crushed tomatoes and basil and simmer until slightly reduced, about 10 minutes. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.

Toss with spaghetti, then transfer to baking dish and top with mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake until cheese is melted and pasta is warmed through, about 20 minutes.

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