We like spaghetti and I like this variation of it.... I like to use casseroles which save time, so this is spaghetti in casserole and we call it Spaghetti Pie. The nice thing is that it can be made ahead and then it just bakes for a bit.
To start out, just cook spaghetti noodles like you normally would cook them. When done, drain and put the noodles into a greased baking dish... I use 9" x 13" and other sizes. I cooked 32 oz of spaghetti noodles and it fit into these two pans.
Next pour spaghetti sauce over the top.....
Smooth it to the edges. I used 4 cans of pasta sauce for these two pans.
Next, add cheese... I used 16 oz of shredded mozzarella cheese over the two pans. Sometimes I use other cheeses.. we really like Italian or other white cheeses for this step also.
Top with cooked hamburger. I cook hamburger ahead and freeze it. I blogged about that here:
Save Time and Money On Meals
I like to add frozen onions and peppers.
Almost done.... sometimes I stop with it just like this... and sometimes I add a bit more cheese to the top. This time I added some cheddar to the top... not much.
Sometimes I make extra pans of Spaghetti Pie while I am doing it and the extras will get covered with plastic wrap if they are to be put into the refrigerator.... or they get covered with plastic wrap and also foil if they will be put into the freezer. I love having this ready to go. This time, though, I only made enough for supper.
One rule I implemented in my family, years ago, about Spaghetti Pie, is that we cut into the spaghetti pie and take the spaghetti and topping together. You see, the topping is the special part and everybody loves it, so they can't take extra topping and leave the spaghetti. :)
We had salad and cheese bread with the spaghetti pie... and cheesecake for dessert. :)
It isn't hard to make... it tastes great and it can even be made ahead of time.
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