Recipe: Spaghetti Casserole! (a makeover for your spaghetti)

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If your family loves spaghetti, then get ready for this one! Spaghetti Casserole is a kicked up version of your old favorite with the addition of some different yummy cheeses and whole-wheat breadcrumbs on top. The other night my 7-year-old tried to help herself to thirds of this dish before I told her “no” because she was going to give herself¬†a tummy ache! Serve this with a big green salad, and you’ll have a healthy weeknight crowd pleaser.

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Recipe: Spaghetti Casserole! (a makeover for your spaghetti)
 
Ingredients
  • ½ pound whole-wheat spaghetti noodles
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil + extra for greasing the casserole dish
  • ½ onion, peeled and diced
  • ½ green bell pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Crushed red pepper, to taste (a few firm shakes for us)
  • 1 - 26 oz jar of your favorite red spaghetti sauce or 3 cups homemade sauce
  • ¾ cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush a rectangular baking dish with olive oil and set aside.
  2. Cook the spaghetti noodles al dente, drain, and then mix with the eggs and ½ cup of the Parmesan cheese. Put in the bottom of the casserole dish.
  3. In a large saute pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook until soft, but not brown, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the beef to the pan and break up the meat with a spatula. Cook until the beef is brown all the way through. Drain and discard the fat (I find putting a lid on the pan helps with this job).
  5. Add the garlic, salt, and red pepper, and cook for 1 more minute before adding the red sauce to pan. Heat for an additional few minutes.
  6. Pour the meat/sauce mixture on top of the noodles in the casserole dish. Top with dollops of ricotta cheese, grated mozzarella, breadcrumbs, and remaining ¼ cup Parmesan cheese. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve warm and enjoy.
Notes
We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.

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