But last night was a success (although Michael would say the meatball was even more of a success)! All 4 kids loved it and I thought this one was GOOD. Not OK, but GOOD. So I wanted to share the recipe, because like I said...who doesn't like Cheep, Easy AND Good!! I am not sure where I got the recipe, but it was online somewhere, not Allrecipes or any big site, which is also more the reason to share; since it is not widely publicized....or maybe that should be reason to keep it to myself. Oh well, I am in a giving mood, so I'll share. And I think this would make a nice meal for a new mom too. Throw in a salad and some cookies and there ya go. Anyway, onto the recipe.
- 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
- 1 pound ground beef (I used turkey)
- 1 large can spaghetti sauce (26.5 ounces)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/3 cup chopped onions
- 8 ounces cream cheese (I used 1/3 less fat)
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Fresh grated Parmesan cheese
- French Fried Onions (small can)
- Cook spaghetti according to directions on the package. Cook to al dente, drain and set aside.
- Brown ground beef. Drain excess grease. Add spaghetti sauce to skillet and heat.
- Combine onions and butter in small glass bowl. Cover and microwave 4 minutes on HIGH until soft.
- Add cream cheese and milk to onions and stir well.
- Using a 10 x 6 dish, assemble in the following order:
- Thin layer of meat sauce on the bottom of the casserole dish.
- Cream cheese/onion mixture
- Spaghetti sauce
- Parmesan Cheese (amount subject to your own taste)
- French Fried Onions (added during last 5 minutes of cooking)
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Top with French Fried onion and continue baking 5 more minutes. (This is the secret ingredient--don't let them burn.)
Make this ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze without the French Fried onions. Don't forget to add them 5 minutes before casserole is finished cooking.