Prep 30 mins
Cook 50 mins
I made this this week and we all liked it. It's from The Big Book of Casseroles by Maryana Vollstedt. I substituted ground chicken for the beef,used linquini, and upped the herbs to a half teaspoon each.The pasta absorbs the sauce while baking so it is really tasty.
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 1 -2 teaspoon vegetable oil (optional)
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) crushed tomatoes
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (or dried)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried oregano
- fresh ground pepper
- 8 ounces spaghetti (or linguine)
- 1⁄2 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1⁄2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- 1⁄4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to *350.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, saute meat, onion, mushrooms and garlic ( I added the mushrooms later with the sauce) until meat is no longer pink and veggies are tender.Add oil if needed.
- Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, parsley, and seasonings. Simmer, uncovered, until slightly thinckened - about 15 minutes.
- Combine meat sauce and spaghetti in a 4 quart casserole dish lightly coated with cooking spray or oil and mix thoroughly.
- Top with cheeses.
- Bake, uncovered, until bubbly, 50 to 55 minutes. Let stand ten minutes before serving.
I'm going to have to add stars later. I was piddling, and overcooked it, so it was a "tad" dry and hard. It had a nice taste, but I think it would have had a nicer taste had I removed it about 15 min. sooner. I did cook the spaghetti first, and I added the mushrooms into the sauce. When I was taste testing before baking, the sauce was delicious. I would guess that I would rate this 4-5 stars based on my "pre-burn", but I plan on doing it again, and making sure it comes out on time.
This was definitely enjoyed by my whole family. Followed the recipe exactly. The instructions should say "8 ounces cooked spaghetti". I know most people would know that but maybe someone just starting out may not. Easy and great weekday meal!