There was this one children’s song that I used to always sing every time we had spaghetti for dinner-something along the lines of, “Daddy makes the best spaghetti!! Daddy makes the best spaghetiiiiiii!!!” That’s probably not how the song goes but that was the only line that I remembered…and I LOVED spaghetti back when I was a child. I still do…anything with pasta in it is an immediate favorite.
Now this is a baked spaghetti recipe, so it’s more of a casserole style. It takes a lot longer, but I brought this to a 4th of July barbeque, and it was all gobbled up!
- 4 cups marinara sauce
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 8 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
- 1 cup grated cheddar
- 1 cup grated Monterey Jack
Combine marinara sauce, onions, bell peppers, garlic, sugar, and any additional seasoning (Italian, House) of your choice and heat in a stockpot.
Bring to boil and let simmer, about 1 hour.
Crumble ground beef and cook over medium-high heat until no pink color remains.
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Cover bottom of a 9×13 inch pan with sauce.
Add layer of pasta and around 1/3 of cheese.
Repeat layers, ending with sauce on top.
Bake at 350 °F for 30 minutes.
Top casserole with cheese and return to oven for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Cut into squares to serve, enjoy!
I fried some of the bell peppers, onions and garlic ahead of time just so that it would cook faster.
Adding in the marinara sauce, letting it boil.
Add your ground beef!
Voila! This didn’t take as long as the recipe called for, because I used marinara sauce from a jar, instead of tomato sauce and ripe tomatoes.
Begin your layers!
Ready to go in the oven!
Recipe adapted from Paula Deen’s recipe. I simplified a lot of things, since I was in a rush and I didn’t have as many of the recipes so I just used some substitutes. I also don’t like cheese, so I didn’t add any of that…but really, this recipe can be quite flexible based off of your personal tastes! Check out her recipe as well!
Bon appétit! ♥