What household with kids doesn’t have “Pasta Night” at least once a month? Definitely not ours! :D Even before I got married, I’ve always took a special liking for cooking pasta dishes. Mostly because of the sheer ease of preparing and cooking them. One thing I’ve never done though, is make my tomato based spaghetti sauce from scratch. But something does tell me that I may just do so some time soon.
I was under a lazy spell last Monday so I announced to the two other members of our household (hubby and my little munchkin) that it’s spaghetti night. :D But to give an otherwise ordinary pasta dish just the slightest hint of a twist, I decided to bake it.
We waited an extra 30 minutes before we finally had dinner. But it was well worth the wait, if I may say so myself.
My little girl gave it her stamp of approval: “It’s yummy, Mom!” ;)
It’s very simple really. No need to sign up for one of ‘em Culinary Arts degree programs. ;) First saute garlic and onion, then add the ground beef, and season it with salt and pepper. Let it simmer for a few minutes, just until the beef changes color. Then add mushrooms and the spaghetti sauce (mine was store bought! ;) ). Bring the sauce to a boil and adjust the seasoning according to taste. Mix the spaghetti sauce with the cooked spaghetti (I used thin spaghetti for this one.) and transfer it to a baking dish. This is the yummy part…top the spaghetti with grated cheddar cheese (as in I covered the entire top of the dish with cheese!) and then bake it in the oven for 30 minutes or just until the cheese turns brown and starts to bubble. Voila! :D It’s spaghetti packaged just a little differently. ;)
Simply put, just make spaghetti like you normally do, top it with your favorite type of cheese, then bake it. :D
p.s. Please do excuse my amateurish babbling of the procedure. :)