RecipesBaked Spaghetti and Meat Sauce with Gooey Cheese Topping
Baked Spaghetti and Meat Sauce with Gooey Cheese Topping
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
3/4 lbs spaghetti noodles (before cooking)
1 lb lean ground chuck
1 medium white onion, diced
1 1/2 cups Founders & Farmers tomato sauce
1/4 cup Cal & Gary's olive oil
3 gloves garlic
salt & pepper to taste
1-2 sprigs fresh basil, picked and chopped
1-2 sprigs fresh oregano, picked and chopped
1/2 a bunch fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup grated parmesan
3/4 lbs bocconcini (or mozzarella)
How to make it
Finely dice the onion and set aside. Chop garlic, pick and chop herbs; basil, oregano, and parsley. Grate parmesan.
Get you pasta water on the stove over high heat.
Warm up a large skillet or frying pan and add oil, sauté diced onion until translucent. 3-4 minutes, then sauté garlic for 30-40 seconds until fragrent.
Crumble the lean ground chuck into the pan and brown it over high heat with the onion and garlic, turning occasionally for 5-10 minutes.
Add tomato sauce and half the herbs, reserving the remainder for garnish. Heat the sauce until it starts bubbling, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
Cook the spaghetti as per manufacturer's instructions on the box and strain. Toss together spaghetti noodles and meat sauce and prepare to transfer to a casserole dish or to bake it in the skillet, taste and adjust seasoning.
Slice up the bocconcini or mozzarella and lay out a layer over the top of the pasta and meat sauce. Sprinkle the top with parmesan.
Bake the pasta in the oven for 10 minutes at 400°F or until the cheese is melted.
Garnish in your skillet or casserole to serve family style by sprinkling with reserved herbs.