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Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs

February 4, 2011

Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs

Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs

If you have taken the time to make your own pasta or if you have been following this blog for at least a week now you know that it is so easy to make your own pasta.  If you do take the time to make your own noodles you will be able to make a variety of them.  When I made my pasta dough for the ravioli I took the time to dry out some spaghetti noodles as well.  These noodles need about a day or so to dry and traditionally you would hang them to dry on dowels.  I do not have that equipment and find that leaving them on a floured baking sheet to dry overnight is just as sufficient.

Baked spaghetti is a great way to use up leftovers or if you are in a hurry and already have everything prepared it is a real time saver.  The spaghetti takes on a completely different taste after it is baked in the oven, I think its from the cheese being melted on top.  If you have children who are picky eaters this dish will probably be a winner for you.  I remember when I was younger and we (my family) would go over to my aunts house for dinner.  I would cringe every time I heard my aunt say we were having spaghetti for dinner.  You see, my aunt didn’t make spaghetti the way my mom did.  My aunt mixed everything together in one pot and that was it.  The sauce was out of a jar and the noodles were usually macaroni, so technically it wasn’t spaghetti at all.  My mom on the other hand would place the noodles on the plate and then cover the noodles with the sauce and then with cheese so you had layers.  (I had/have issues, I would not eat a peanut butter sandwich unless it was layered properly, either).  I still to this day can not eat spaghetti/macaroni that has been all mixed together.  To me mixing the sauce into your noodles is part of the pleasure of having spaghetti.  You get to control how much sauce you have.  I first learned about baking spaghetti in a restaurant that I worked in.  We had it as a special one evening and it sold quite quickly.  It was also used for a lot of lunch specials too.  It was something that was used when there were a lot of other things to be done as it was easy to make and a hit with the customers.

Ingredients for Baked Spaghetti

Ingredients for Baked Spaghetti

For two servings:

2 cups prepared spaghetti sauce

3 cups of prepared spaghetti noodles (homemade or store bought)

1/2-1 cup of shredded mozzerella cheese

1 cup of prepared meatballs

To prepare:

Boil the noodles until cooked to your desire texture.  (You will probably want to under cook them slightly as they will be baked, so aldante would be good)  Drain the noodles and then place them in a heat proof baking dish.
Cover the noodles with the sauce and then top with  meatballs and cheese.  Bake for 15-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and everything is heated through.

For the Garlic Toast:

1/4 of a baguette sliced into 1/2 inch pieces

2 tablespoons garlic butter

To Prepare:

Butter the baguette slices with the garlic butter and bake until golden brown.  You could also top with cheese.

Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs

Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs

This is a meal that will be enjoyed by all.  It is easy to make and if you do not have the time to make all the ingredients from scratch, it is just as tasty when using store bought pasta and sauce.  There is just something about baking the dish that seals in the flavor of the spaghetti.  It is deliciously fit for a king or a picky eater 🙂

From our kitchen to yours,

Sydney Jones

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 4, 2011 7:52 am

    Love baked spaghetti dishes. Another great recipe from Sydney’s Kitchen.

    We invite you to continue to share these wonderful recipes on Food Frenzy and create your own Blogger “About Me” page.

  2. February 4, 2011 12:45 pm

    loving the presentation. Everything looks so good!

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