Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday Feast: Baked "Pasghetti"

I usually make some type of pasta dish at least once a week. I don't think you can mess up pasta - every recipe I've ever tried has been delicious. And, hey - it's pretty budget-friendly, too. The girls love "pasghetti", but the grown-ups in this house get a little weary of the same old dish. So we change it up a bit sometimes. Enjoy!

Baked "Pasghetti"
1 large jar pasta sauce, any variety you like
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt
1 lb ground beef
1 lb Italian sausage
8 ounces angel hair pasta
2 cups Colby Jack cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large pot, boil pasta as directed. Drain and set aside. (I actually used fettuccine this time around because it's all I had on hand. It was just as tasty.) In a large skillet, saute pepper, onion & garlic in a bit of EVOO. Add sausage and beef, brown and drain. Slice sausage thinly after it's thoroughly cooked. Add jarred sauce to meat and veggie mixture, then add spices. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add pasta to sauce mixture. Mix together well.

In a lightly greased 9"x13" pan, layer: spaghetti mixture, half of cheeses, spaghetti mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, add the remaining cheese and bake for about 5 more minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

It's even better the second day - trust me!
I served it with a simple side salad and the girls were begging for more (after two servings).

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