Baked Spaghetti Casserole.
Ingredients of Baked Spaghetti Casserole
- It’s of Meat Sauce:.
- It’s 1 tbsp. of olive oil.
- Prepare 1 lb. of ground beef.
- Prepare 1/2 of yellow onion, diced.
- Prepare 3 cloves of garlic, minced.
- It’s 1 can (28 oz.) of no salt added crushed tomatoes.
- Prepare 1 tsp. of each brown sugar. dried basil.
- You need 1/2 tsp of salt.
- It’s 1/4 tsp. of pepper.
- It’s of Pasta & Cheesy Layers:.
- It’s 1 box (16 oz.) of thin spaghetti pasta.
- Prepare 2 of large eggs.
- You need 1/3 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese.
- It’s 5 tbsp. of salted butter, melted.
- It’s 2 cups of ricotta cheese.
- Prepare 2 cups of freshly shredded mozzarella cheese.
- It’s 1 cup of freshly shredded white cheddar.
- Prepare 1/2 cup of freshly shredded parmesan cheese.
Baked Spaghetti Casserole step by step
- Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Once it's hot, add the beef and cook, breaking it up, until it's browned throughout. Then drain any excess grease and add the onion to the skillet. Once the onion softens up, add the garlic and cook another minute or so, until fragrant. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, brown sugar, basil, salt and pepper, then lower the heat and let it simmer while you start cooking the pasta..
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×13" baking pan and set it aside. Cook the spaghetti until al dente in a large pot of salted water. When it's ready, drain it and return it to the pot. In a small bowl, beat the eggs, melted butter and grated parmesan cheese together. Then pour it over the drained pasta and toss to fully coat. Place the shredded mozzarella, parmesan and white cheddar in a bowl and toss together to integrate it all together..
- Place half of the pasta into the prepared pan, then top with half of the ricotta and half of the meat sauce. Sprinkle half of the shredded cheese blend over that, then repeat the layers with the rest. Make sure to completely cover the pasta with the top layer of sauce. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Then remove the foil, and bake another 15-20 minutes, until the cheese has started to brown. Let it cool for 10 or so minutes, then slice into squares and serve..