Sunday, February 26, 2012

Baked Spaghetti with Cream Cheese and French Fried Onions - yes!!

I am on a roll, which makes me want to try more recipes! It's so disheartening when they don't eat that I stop cooking for days. This dish made a lot, but not so much that it won't be finished in 3 days, and that's without hubby eating. Both kids are eating though!!

Baked Spaghetti with Cream Cheese and French Fried Onions (from http://www.letsdishrecipes.com/)

8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
1 pound ground beef
1 (24 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce
1 tablespoon butter (although I used olive oil)
1/3 cup chopped onion (I used a whole small onion)
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup water
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
French Fried Onions (small can)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain and set aside. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add ground beef, onions and garlic and cook until beef is no longer pink. Add cream cheese and water to skillet and cook, stirring, until cream cheese is melted.. Stir in spaghetti sauce and heat through. Season sauce with salt and pepper.

Place a thin layer of the sauce in the bottom of a greased, 9x13 baking dish. Add spaghetti, arranging in an even layer. Pour the sauce evenly over the spaghetti. Top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and top with French Fried Onions. Bake 5 minutes more.


**Next time around, I might leave out a couple of ounces of cream cheese - it was a bit heavy of a dish! Might also add a bit more seasoning to the sauce, including a bit of red pepper to give it a tiny kick.

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