Baked Spaghetti

Baked Spaghettis 1

Here’s an interesting fact about me guys: I’m an identical twin.

For some reason, whenever people find this  out about me, they act like it’s the coolest thing since sliced bread. Their eyes get all big and they immediately subject me to a game of 21 questions where me and my twin sister Jasmine (I call her Jas) are supposed to answer every rumor, superstition and stereotype of twins that exists. And I’ve literally heard it all.

“What’s it like being a twin?” (After 24 years, I still don’t know to answer this to anyone’s satisfaction. I have an older sister and younger brother, the truth is that having a twin feels no different from having any other siblings.)

“Can you read each other’s minds?” (I really am tempted to just stare at people that ask me this until they actually begin to feel as stupid as what they just asked sounded.)

“Do you ever switch places to try and fool people?” (Uh, no. Just…no.)

“If I pinch you will she feel it?”  (No, I’m not making it up. I hear this ALL.THE.TIME. And yes, Some people have actually tried to pinch me).

“SISTA SISTAAA!” (In case you didn’t know, that’s taken from the Tia and Tamera Mowry television show from the 90s, “Sister Sister”. Jas and I have had it sung to us more times than we’d care to remember. It’s very annoying.)

Baked Spaghettis 2

All of the cliche stuff about twins aside, I will be honest and say that Jas really is one of my closest friends. She knows me better than just about anybody in the world, and vice versa. The telepathic/empathic connection between twins isn’t real, but Jas and I are close enough  and friends to the point where we can look at each other and make an instinctual guess as to what the other is thinking depending on the circumstances. But really that’s just because she’s been around me more than anyone else and we’ve had a lot of shared experiences and have a lot of inside jokes. There’s no ‘magic’ to it or anything. I’m sure some of you have friends or regular siblings that you’re like that with too.

Baked Spaghettis 3

Anyway. One of the things that Jas and I do NOT have in common is a love of cooking. Not that she can’t cook at all, it’s that she just doesn’t like to do it all that much. Now, I already shared before that my older sister Ashley loves the meat pies that I make for her. I also said that Jas likes baked spaghetti. Actually, no. I said that she could eat the stuff every day. That was not an exaggeration.

Jas LOVES baked spaghetti. Really, really, REALLY loves it.  I’d say it was right up there at the top of the list of her favorite foods, along with salmon, Teddy Grahams and chocolate milk. This baked spaghetti that I make for her is on a regular rotation in our house. I can make a lot of it at a time, and it pretty much doesn’t get any easier than this so far as easy meals go.

There are however 3 things that anyone cooking Jas baked spaghetti MUST remember: she wants lots of meat, she wants lots of sauce, and she doesn’t want a lot of cheese. So just keep that in mind when you make this recipe for yourself-my twin sister is a meat and sauce lover, and a cheese hater. However, since this recipe is so easy, you can always adjust the ratio of ingredients to suit you and your family’s taste.

FEED(ME) BACK: What’s a question you’ve always wanted to ask a twin? (Yes. I’ll answer anything you ask me…within reason.)

**********************************************************

Baked Spaghetti

CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE VERSION

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
  • 9.6 oz fully cooked sausage crumbles
  • 8-8.5 oz of angel hair pasta
  • 6 oz (1 can) tomato paste
  • 13 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teasp pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 heaping teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teasp garlic salt
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, diced
  • 1 and 1/2 cup of Italian style cheese, shredded
  • 2 oz pepperoni (About 40 slices)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9 x 12 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

2. Heat a  pot over medium heat. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, brown sugar, garlic salt and green pepper and stir to combine.

3. When tomato paste has completely dissolved into sauce, add the sausage crumbles and ground beef. Cover and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.

4.  Cook and drain pasta according to package directions.

5. Layer pasta, sauce and cheese in baking dish, making sure you start and end with sauce.

6. Bake in preheated oven for thirty minutes. Remove from oven and place pepperoni over the top of casserole, then sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Bake for about 5-7 minutes more, until cheese in melted. Remove from oven, let stand for about 10 minutes. Serve.

8 thoughts on “Baked Spaghetti

    • This can definitely be made using spaghetti squash, I would just recommend a few steps to preparing the squash to bake so that it’s not too watery (as spaghetti squash has a tendency to be):

      Split the squash into 2 halves. Roast the squash at about 425 in the oven for about 30-40 minutes. Comb the squash strands from the 2 halves into a colander. Heat a skillet over medium heat and cook the spaghetti squash strands for about 20-30 minutes to make sure all the water is cooked out of it. When it begins to slightly brown, it’s done. Layer the spaghetti squash, sauce and cheese in the pan and bake as normal. It should turn out fine this way 🙂

  1. Love the look of this- I will be using real spaghetti not spaghetti squash, because pasta is just awesome! I’m loving your blog Jessica- I noticed you comment on running with spoons and I adore your no Bull take on eating and exercise! I would love to hear more on your blog whenever or if ever you feel comfortable enough to share your perspective and journey. You sound truly recoverd (even more so than just mentioned blogger to be honest) in my opinion and I respect that so much. I feel deeply healthy in my relationship with food too so high five. Keep posting- xo

    • Hi Connie- first off, thank you for reaching out. I’m genuinely glad that my remarks on running with spoons can be of help to anybody. I’m not perfect- I’m a work in progress and I have rocky days like anyone else. I don’t think of recovery as anything that you ‘arrive’ at per se- it’s just a journey that you keep traveling on- the key is not going backwards.
      But I do like to remember where I was in the darkest days of my ED. Remembering makes me determined that I’m never going back there….ever.

      I have honestly thought about talking about my experiences with ED on my blog. Cooking and a love for food was something that ED took a away from me for a long time, and the blog is another way for me to throw ED the finger (lol). If it seems like something that makes sense for me to do, then I’ll think about creating a series talking about my experiences.

      Thanks again for visiting 🙂

Gimme some Feed(me) Back!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s