Spaghetti Bake

Recipe by SharleneW
READY IN: 1hr 10mins
SERVES: 12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • In a large pot, cook sausage over medium-high heat, breaking up as it cooks with a spatula.
  • Cook until it is no longer pink.
  • Drain off fat.
  • Add onions, garlic and basil and cook for another 5 minutes to soften onions.
  • Add mushrooms and cook until liquid is evaporated, about 5 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, tomato paste and pepper; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes until most of liquid is evaporated.
  • Stir in spinach.
  • Meanwhile, for topping: in saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Whisk in the flour and cook, whisking constantly for 1 minute.
  • Whisk in the milk.
  • Cook, whisking constantly for 12 to 15 minutes until sauce is thickened.
  • Add mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper.
  • Meanwhile, for noodles: cook spaghetti in large pot of boiling salted water for 5 minutes or until tender but firm.
  • Drain and add to MEAT sauce; toss to coat.
  • Spread in 2 greased 8-inch square glass baking dishes (this is what original recipe says, but not adequate--try 2 9 x 13-inch pans instead); pour topping over and then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake in 375F° oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until bubbly and golden.
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