Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday Munchies...

I want to start some "regular" posts around here.  Not only as a way to post content, but also to help me organize myself and have a way of knowing what I should be talking about!  From now on, Monday will be known as Monday Munches.  I will feature a recipe-may be something new I've come across, or an old staple, may be healthy, may be comfort'll just have to wait and see!  
For today, I have an old comfort, staple food.  I grew up having this weekly for dinner; it's a family favorite.  But because it's carb heavy, I rarely made it.  I have to be honest though-it's incredibly easy, delicious and filling-kids love it!  So when I have to make a family a meal for a new baby (we live in a young community so these meals happen somewhat regularly), this is my go to staple.  Have you guessed yet?  It's a pasta dish!  Can't go wrong right?  True, but you can definitely do better...or as I like to say, Go Big or Go Home!!!  

This is the special dish I mentioned I made on my birthday-baked spaghetti.  There isn't a recipe per say, it's just ingredients and eyeballing it.  

Baked Spaghetti
Tomato Soup
Mozzarella Cheese
Sliced American Cheese
Diced Onion 

*You will determine how much of each ingredient you need based on how much you want to make.  This recipe can be made in any type of dish.  My mom always made it in a deep, round, casserole dish.  I don't have one, so I started making it in a regular 9x13 tin.  I've made it in personalized dishes too...really can't go wrong.  
**For a regular 9x13 I use 2 boxes of spaghetti and 2 cans of family size tomato soup, 2 small onions.  I never measure the  cheese, because that is just based on what fits and preference.  I usually have a little bit of left over spaghetti and onion. 

Boil spaghetti according to directions.  I've learned an awesome trick-once it's done, just let it sit in the pot until it mostly cools-it's ok if it gets a little sticky or mushy-it's getting baked so that won't harm it!  Otherwise, just drain and rinse with cold water until you can grab it by the handful.  

Next you'll coat your dish with tomato soup

Add a layer of pasta, sprinkle the onions 

Then cover with sliced American cheese

Now there's one complete layer.  Now start over-sauce, pasta, onions, cheese.  I do this three times.

But when you get to the last pasta layer, instead of cheese, top with sauce, and then shredded Mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 350 until browned

Deliciousness ensues!!!



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