Cheesy Spaghetti Bake
Spaghetti cooked al dente, lots of yummy veggies and smothered with sauce and cheese. This dish truly is a winner with my family. Everytime I make it I have to make enough for my family at home, then take some to my son and if there is still some left my sister comes and takes it. Yes I have to make LOTS when I make it.
- 1.2 litres Ragu Spaghetti Sauce
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 onion
- 1 lb fresh mushrooms
- 3 sweet peppers I like color so I use yellow, red and green
- 1 zuchini
- 1 can Campbells Tomato Soup
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 can tomatoes diced
- 1/4 tsp basil dried
- 2 tsp oregano dried
- 2 cups mozzerella cheese shredded
Fry the ground beef in a pan until brown with the onions and garlic.
NOTE: When I make italian sausage I usually make a few extra and freeze until Spaghetti Day, I add it with the ground beef for more flavour.
In a crockpot; add all the other ingredients except for cheese. I chop in nice big thick pieces and you might notice you cant see the mushrooms in this. Some of my family don't like them so I ground them up and then put them in haha. They don't know they are in there and still LOVE it. I usually leave this sit on low for about 6 hours, until the veggies are nice and tender but still firm.
When sauce is ready I cook the pasta in a pot on the stove in boiling water. I cook al dente because it will still cook some in the oven.
Reserve at least 2 cups of pasta sauce before mixing all together. Strain the pasta and put it back into the pot ( not on the stove). Mix 1/2 cup cheese and the rest of the sauce in the crockpot all together. You will notice how nicely the cheese will melt into the pasta YUMMY.
Heat oven to 350 F . Take the mixed pasta dish and put it into a casserole dish. Take at least a cup of the sauce and pour it on top. Take the rest of the cheese and cover the top.
Cover it and put it in the oven for 10 min, or until all the cheese has melted.
Add some garlic bread and a nice salad and serve. You should still have some sauce remaining. I usually have it in case someone wants their pasta really saucy.
Again you can add some spicy sausage for more flavour. I sometimes add a tiny bit of hot pepper flakes as well.