Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti Casserole

This is a great make-ahead meal.  I actually threw this together while I was making dinner one night and had dinner ready for another night!  A friend of mine pinned this on Pinterest.  (Starting to see a pattern in these recipes?!? HA!)

I didn't have the exact ingredients on hand.  I used penne noodles (but think I would preferand a spaghetti sauce with sausage, so I didn't use the ground meat.  Everyone seemed to enjoy it.

Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti Casserole

12 oz spaghetti
1 (28 ounce) jars prepared spaghetti sauce
1 lb lean ground beef
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 clove garlic, minced
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.

In a skillet, brown the ground beef until cooked through; drain fat and stir in spaghetti sauce. Set aside.

Cook spaghetti according to directions on packet. Drain and place cooked spaghetti in bowl. Add cream cheese, Italian Seasoning and minced garlic. Stir until cream cheese is melted and the spaghetti is thoroughly coated.

Lightly grease a 9x13" pan. Spread a small amount of meat sauce in the bottom of the dish. Put spaghetti on top of sauce and top with remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.

Bake for 30 minutes, until bubbly.

Photo taken from http://www.plainchicken.com/.

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