Monday, February 16, 2015

Baked Spaghetti Casserole

This spaghetti casserole is simply delicious!! It is just darn good comfort food. It's like a lasagna, but with spaghetti noodles and it's a kid pleaser. All my kids raved about this one and my littlest, who's 2, had seconds, which speaks highly of it's kid-appeal. Not to say adults won't like this, because I love it, but spaghetti is always a great family meal. This will also feed a crowd, or you can have it 2 days in a row like we did. I got the recipe from the blog Your Home Based Mom, which I get so many good recipes from.

Baked Spaghetti Casserole

1 lb spaghetti noodles
1 lb bulk Italian sausage
1 cup chopped onion
1, 32 oz jar of your favorite meatless spaghetti sauce (I used Prego traditional)
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
2 eggs
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup small curd cottage cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cups shredded Italian blend cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 pan.

Cook spaghetti in boiling water until al dente.

In a large pan brown sausage and onion until cooked through and onion is soft. Drain off fat. Add spaghetti sauce and seasoned salt. Add in basil, oregano, and parsley.

In a large bowl mix together eggs, Parmesan cheese, and melted butter. Mix in cooked spaghetti noodles and stir to coat.

Place half of the noodles in the bottom of baking dish. Top with all of the cottage cheese and half of the other 2 cheeses. Top that with half of the meat sauce. Place remaining noodles on top. Top with remaining meat sauce. Top meat sauce with remaining cheeses. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake until cheese is melted and golden brown, about 20 more minutes.

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