Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Baked Spaghetti

I just love a baked pasta. It's bubbly, it's gooey, and the noodles have soaked up all that delicious flavor. Ah, it's heaven in a dish!

I don't make spaghetti that much because, even though I really like it, I like to save it as a bake up dish when I've completely run out of food, energy, or creativity. But when I saw this recipe on Mommy's Kitchen, I knew it was time to pull out the beef and noodles! I adapted this recipe a bit, but make sure you check out the original one at Tina's blog too, she's got some awesome stuff!

I made this with my own spaghetti sauce that I posted a long time ago.

Baked Spaghetti
Adapted from Mommy's Kitchen


9 ounces spaghetti, cooked and drained
1 batch spaghetti sauce
2 tablespoons either olive oil or basil oil (basil infused olive oil)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese


Heat oven at 375. Prepare spaghetti sauce according to directions. Toss noodles with oil and Parmesan cheese. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray and arrange noodles in pan. Pour spaghetti sauce evenly over noodles. Sprinkle cheese. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until cheese is browned and bubbly.

I would also like to send a huge thank you out to Kathy at Three On Food and Katherine at Smoky Mountain Cafe for this adorable award.

These are the guidelines for the award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

So here it goes:

1. My passion for food is a fairly new one. It wasn't until I was on maternity leave with my second baby that I discovered the Food Network channel. Ina Garten was the first TV chef I watched and I immediately fell in love. Shortly after that I became very excited about trying new things.

2. I've always prided myself on being a very non-picky eater, but to my dismay, I've realized that there are a few things I just can't get myself to like. Goat cheese, tofu (at least when I prepare it), and ricotta being the biggest ones.

3. I'm pretty much always on a diet, which means that when you see me diving headfirst into a plate of cookies, I'm cheating.

4. Standing at 5'0 I've always had the ability to make everyone feel very tall. Luckily, being short has never bothered me.

5. Even though I've been a stay-at-home mom for two years, I still feel like I'm getting the hang of it. Sometimes I wonder if that feeling ever goes away.

6. I am enjoying every minute of living in the east. I don't honestly know how long we'll be out here, but we're having a lot of fun with our new experiences.

7. I can't wait to have my dream kitchen. It may not be for a long time, but I think all the time about how I want to build my kitchen when I get the chance. It gets a bit bigger everytime lol!

And I'd like to pass this on to:
1. Sophia at Burp and Slurp
2. Sara at Sara in the Kitchen
3. Alissa at Spunky Girl Eats
4. Barbara at Barbara Bakes
5. Denise at Keeper Worthy Recipes
6. Reeni at Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice
7. Aggie at Aggie's Kitchen

I also want to thank Emaline at The Open Pantry for this lovely award:

I'd like to pass this on to:
1. Sarah at Delectable Dining (did I get your name right?)
2. Rachel at Rachel vs Kitchen
3. Itzy at Itzy's Kitchen
4. Judy at Judy's Kitchen

Whew! Congratulations ya'll and keep on cookin!


Delectable Dining said...

Thanks for the award! ;)

I'm with you... there's no such thing as a bad baked pasta!

Rachel said...

I, too, LOVE baked pasta!!!!! I always order baked spaghetti from Fazoli's :)

Thank you so much for the award! :)

finsmom said...

Baked pasta is the bomb :)

Jenn said...

I'm a sucker for baked pasta. I think I shouldn't look at food during lunch time. It just makes even more hungry when I've already eaten.

Chow and Chatter said...

love this dish congrats on the deserved awards, I am also a stay and work at home mom, try not to be on a diet it won't work, in fact diet stems from the word dieta in greek meaning lifestyle lOL

The Miller Family said...

YUM! Such a great comfort food! Thanks for the award! I don't know what to do with myself! he he! Luv ya!

Aggie said...

Thank you thank you for the award! You made my day! :)

That spaghetti looks so good...I have never made spaghetti that way and am totally going to give it a try. I love baked pasta too!

Barbara Bakes said...

Congratulations on your awards! Thanks so much for passing the award on to me!!

I haven't had baked spaghetti for a while. I love all the different cheeses you used!

Katy ~ said...

Congratulations on your awards. Well earned.

I don't know that I have ever baked spaghetti!

Anonymous said...

Oh, thank you, Teresa! YAY! I feel so appreciated >.< *HUG*
Oh, and I love Ina, too! But WHAT?!! You don't like goat cheese?!! That's blasphemy to me! lol.
And yum, baked spaghetti! I truly think pasta tastes WAY better with that lovely crunchy texture when baked.

Erica said...

mmmm baked spaghetti! Love how toasted the cheese on top looks- yum yum! Thank you for the award- you are too sweet!

Ingrid said...

Baked spaghetti? Very cool and yummy idea! I prefer baked pastas especially if it calls for a tomato based sauce.

Congrats on all your awards!

the ungourmet said...

Congrats on your lovely awards!

I just saw some basil infused oil today at World Market and I was so tempted to buy it!

Your pasta looks awesome!

Reeni♥ said...

Your spaghetti looks so delicious! That is one pasta that I've never baked. Congrats on your awards! Thanks for thinking of me - your so sweet! And I enjoyed getting to know you better.

Donna-FFW said...

Your baked pasta dish looks so delicious. And so easy! Nice quickie;)

Congrats on both your awards!!

girlichef said...

Congrats on your awards..I luv me some baked sketti, too!

♥peachkins♥ said...

Congratulations on your awards!!

By the way, that Baked Spaghetti looks good!

Laura said...

My mom always would make baked spaghetti with leftovers. Wasn't my favorite then, but this looks delicious. I will definitely be giving it another try!

Lara said...

My kids love anything with noodles and cheese, so baked pasta is a regular on our menu. I'll have to give this one a try!

Marta said...

Baked pasta is definitely a life-saver when you run out of time/ingredients/creativity! it's just so delicious and comforting, and a total crow-pleaser!

Debbie said...

I love baked pasta...or really anything to do with pasta. And pasta always takes better the second day. Congrats on your awards!

Coleen's Recipes said...

We really enjoy recipes like this. Thank you for posting it!!

Pam said...

Baked spaghetti sounds delicious. It's a cold, rainy day today - it might be perfect for dinner.

jscardon said...

Mmmmmm, love Italian food. How can you not?? Also, I just made your baked tacquitos for Sunday dinner tonight and LOVED them!! Definitely a favorite from now on. Thanks for the award-- it sounds fun!:)

Elizabeth's Edible said...

This looks sinful!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Congrats on your awards! Your baked spaghetti is eye candy. I haven't made this in so long. I'm going to have to work this into my rotation next week.

Cathy said...

Congratulations on your much deserved award!

Baked spaghetti is pure comfort food. Homemade spaghetti sauce makes it very special. Yum, I'm getting hungry.

Anonymous said...

Yum, baked pasta - nothing better and the more cheese the merrier!

Congrats on the awards!

Kathy said...

You are more than welcome!!! :) It's so neat getting to know you better!!!

In my "forever kitchen" as I call it - I want a Hibachi grill at the island where I can serve my family up some japanese food, or burgers, or bacon and eggs. I might just become a short order cook!!!

Judy said...

The baked spaghetti looks yummy, must try it soon. Thanks for passing the award to me, but please tell me what it is and what I should do with it. Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

I was just looking for something to make for dinner tonight. My search stops here. Thanks! I can't wait for dinner. :)

Congratulations on your awards!!