Last night I worked. I HATE my job. It’s mundane, drains EVERY last brain cell I have and is sooooooo repetitive. The cool thing about it is – CLOTHES. I work at a women’s clothing store in the mall. However, now the only good thing about my job is becoming bad too – ie: I have no money for clothing.
Anyway, b/c I am working a lot this week Colin requested I tackle the baked spaghetti casserole dish I make basically b/c it yields more leftovers than anything else I make 😀
So here we go…..
- 2 cups dry spaghetti pasta (2 handfulls)
- 1lb ground beef (or protein of choice)
- 1/2 red pepper – chopped
- 1/2 green pepper – chopped
- 1/2 red onion – chopped
- 1 clove of garlic (minced)
- 2 cans of whatever tomato sauce you want
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup of butter (softened)
- pinch of basil oregano, parsley and thyme
- salt & pepper to taste
- one container of ricotta cheese (we didn’t have any so we substituted cottage cheese)
- 2 or more cups shredded mozzarella
|demonstrating a “handfull” you need 2 of these|
Chop all the veggies (peppers, onion) and sauté them in a bit of olive oil.
|I love this man….always posing soooo nicely in the name of the blog|
The onions were sooooooo fresh they were literally burning all of our eyes. This is how I had to stir them – no joke
Sauté ground beef until brown and DRAIN! then mix the veg and beef into a large pot and add the herbs and spices (garlic, basil, thyme, oregano, parsley) while on low heat.
Meanwhile you mix the 2 eggs, 1/3 cup or parm and butter together and then mix in /w the pasta until evenly coated.
Pour the sauce into the pot /w the MEAT and veggies 😀 NOT the noodles….and heat on low stirring until everything is mixed. Add S&P to taste!
|(that’s Colin’s hand NOT mine…I just wanted to tell you incase you thought I all of a sudden got man hands and hairy arms)|
Ok now the fun part!!! take a greased 9X13 baking dish (I don’t grease ours I just pour a bit of sauce on the bottom) and then LAYER all the ingredients like a lasagna!!!!
|little L of course had to be involved! he just kept yelling “CHEESE” – and can you believe HE actually ran to get his step stool from the bathroom! the little dude just loves the kitchen|