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.
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!
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Cook spaghetti according to package directions, just until al dente. Drain well and set aside.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- In a medium bowl, mix cooked beef and spaghetti sauce.
- In a 9x13 inch baking dish, add about ⅓ of a cup of sauce-meat mixture, and spread to cover bottom of dish.
- Add all the spaghetti to baking dish. Spread out evenly.
- Add cream cheese-veggie mixture to baking dish. Spread out evenly.
- Add the sauce-meat mixture to baking dish. Spread out evenly.
- Top casserole with Parmesan cheese.
- Bake until casserole is baked through the center, about 25 minutes.
- Top casserole with the french fried onions and bake another 5 minutes, watching carefully so onions do not burn.