Friday, October 19, 2012

Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti Casserole

I am generally not a huge fan of baked spaghetti.  It seems like when I have made it in the past, it was always  kind of dry, or 'paste-y' if that makes since.  However, when I saw this Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti over at Plain Chicken, I thought I would give it a try.  I am so glad I did!  It was the best baked spaghetti I have ever had!  I was pleasantly surprised, and I will definitely be making this again.  I made just a few changes to the original recipe (in italics).

Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti Casserole 

12 oz spaghetti *I used Barilla Plus - a higher protein pasta w/a lower glycemic index
1 (28 ounce) jars prepared spaghetti sauce
1 lb lean ground beef *I omitted & added turkey pepperoni instead
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 clove garlic, minced
8 ounces cream cheese *I used fat free
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated *I used a little extra :-)

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.

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. 

Add pepperoni to spaghetti sauce.

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

Bake for 30 minutes, until bubbly.
Verdict? The end result is a warm, creamy, cheesy plate of yumminess!  

I'm linking up today with Simple Living and Eating, Just Us Four; Bacon Time with Hungry, Hungry, Hypo; Six Sisters' Stuff, Not Your Ordinary Recipes, Simply Sweet Home, Rattlebridge Farm, Miss Information, Foodie Friends Friday, Close to Home, Mommy's Sweet Confessions, Finding Joy in My Kitchen

9 comments:

  1. I love spaghetti pie. Love for you to link it up on Friday Food Frenzy recipe linky.party when you get a chance

    http://www.stayingclosetohome.com/2012/10/friday-food-frenzy-halloween-and-fall.html#more

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  2. My kids would get a kick out of this recipe and I love how healthy you made the dish. thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

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  3. Can't wait to try this, thanks for linking up at I Freakin' did it Friday's!

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  4. I made this last night and added finely chopped mushrooms, onion and sauted spinach. I used WW pasta and it was delicious. It is comfort food that I can load with hidden veggies. Definately going to be a 'go to'.
    Thanks

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    1. That's great Nancy! So glad you liked it. I am going to sneak in some veggies next time....if I purée them, my kids will be none the wiser ;-)

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  5. I am in love with this dish!
    I would love to have you join my new link party Wednesday Extravaganza! Come by and share this or other recipes. Here is the link
    http://www.hungrylittlegirl.com/1/post/2012/10/wednesday-extravaganza.html

    Can't wait to see you there!

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  6. Thanks for linking this up with Foodie Friends Friday last week and hope that you come back this week to share for Crocktober party.

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  7. I just found this in your archives and it looks like an easy dinner idea for us. Thanks!

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  8. Thanks for bringing this by the Ingredient Spotlight -- it looks so good!!

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