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Recipes: Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
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Spaghetti has been a family favorite for as long as I can remember. My only sibling, a brother not quite 4 years older than me, called it spusghetti when we were very young.

Great variety to a family favorite
Great variety to a family favorite
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As much as we enjoy our basic spaghetti recipe, every now and then it is nice to add a little variety to the meal. Kathleen shared this recipe for baked cream cheese spaghetti in 2012 in a blog entitled Gonna Want Seconds. I believe you will see why once you’ve tried it. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces dried spaghetti, uncooked
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ Tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon (as needed) olive oil
  • ½ cup sweet red pepper, diced
  • ½ cup yellow onion, diced
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature) cubed
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 ½ cups parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup french fried onions

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cook spaghetti according to package directions, just until al dente. Drain well and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, brown beef - adding the oregano, salt and pepper, and cook until there is no longer any pink. Remove cooked beef to a paper towel lined plate. Set aside.
  4. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of fat from skillet. If you don't have 1 tablespoon of oil, add enough olive oil to compensate. (Just eyeball this. You only need enough oil to sautė the veggies.)
  5. Add peppers and onions to skillet and sautė until they are soft. Add cream cheese and milk to skillet and stir until well combined. Set aside.
  6. In a medium bowl, mix cooked beef and spaghetti sauce.
  7. In a 9x13 inch baking dish, add about ⅓ of a cup of sauce-meat mixture, and spread to cover bottom of dish.
  8. Add all the spaghetti to baking dish. Spread out evenly.
  9. Add cream cheese-veggie mixture to baking dish. Spread out evenly.
  10. Add the sauce-meat mixture to baking dish. Spread out evenly.
  11. Top casserole with Parmesan cheese.
  12. Bake until casserole is baked through the center, about 25 minutes.
  13. Top casserole with the french fried onions and bake another 5 minutes, watching carefully so onions do not burn.
  14. SERVE.