Thursday, September 06, 2012

Beefy Cheesy Spaghetti Casserole

So my plans were to make this with macaroni noodles, I was thinking along the lines of a beefy mac and cheese, but then as I got ready to make it tonight, I realized I forgot to buy the macaroni noodles.  Bummer.

Beefy Cheesy Spaghetti Casserole

I had to alter my plans and use what I had on hand which was spaghetti.  Knowing that my family LOVES pasta of any kind, and especially spaghetti, I knew it would be a hit no matter what.

Using very simple ingredients and what I had on hand, I put together this casserole that tastes delicious.  Got the family's seal of approval.

I'm thinking that next time I will make double and freeze one of these for another meal.

Beefy Cheesy Spaghetti Casserole

Beefy Cheesy Spaghetti Casserole

Half a box of spaghetti noodles (8 oz)
1 pound ground beef
salt and pepper
onion powder
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 can of whole tomatoes
pepper jack cheese

Cook the spaghetti according to package directions.  When done, drain and return to the pot. 

In a skillet, brown the ground beef with all the seasonings.  While the meat is cooking, take the can of whole tomatoes and dump it into a blender, puree.

Add the puree to the meat, simmer for 5 minutes or so until it reduces and thickens the sauce.  Add the meat mixture to the pot of spaghetti and mix well.

Pour into a casserole dish, top with pepper jack slices and bake in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.  I could have left it in a while longer to get the cheese brown, but the family was super hungry and in a hurry to get to the dinner table, so I didn't do it.

Beefy Cheesy Spaghetti Casserole

This makes a really comforting dish, and it's a nice change to the usual spaghetti sauce.

1 comment:

  1. I will definitely be making this...reminds me of the beef and rice recipe you posted recently (can't remember the name), have made that a couple of times and it has gone over well. I have to laugh because I did the same thing as you last night - I was actually making *your* Pepperoni Pizzazz recipe (a favorite here) and I only had spaghetti for pasta so that's what I used! Worked fine.

    Have a great day-