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Monday, May 21, 2012

Baked Spaghetti



The months are just flying by.  It seems like yesterday that I wrote my last Secret Recipe Club post.  Now, here we are again...Actually, I've got to tell you that I'm writing this at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.  We're on our way to visit our grandkids tomorrow and I couldn't sleep and decided this was as good a time as any to sit down at the computer and write.  George thinks it's a great idea to have his mom up and about and he's sitting on a chair next to me purring like crazy.

So, let's talk about the Secret Recipe Club.  There are oodles and oodles of linky groups in the blogsphere.  Everyone posts their favorite this or that and all of the links show up beneath your post.  SRC is different.  We're actually assigned a blog to choose a recipe from.  Genius idea by Amanda.  I love participating because I meet some wonderful bloggers and read some blogs I'd never run across otherwise. 

This month I was assigned The Avid Appetite.  Rachel and Shaun live in New York and are newly weds.  A few years ago she couldn't even boil water.  Now, she loves to cook.  In a lot of ways, she reminds me of my niece.  Samantha said to me a couple of weeks ago that she's decided she's going to work on her cooking and get out of the rut of the ten things she knows how to cook.  Rachel's done that and done that well. 

We enjoyed our baked spaghetti.  When I made it, the whole house was full of this incredible aroma.  You know how realtors say to bake bread or cookies if you're showing your house?  Well, let me tell you, this'd work ten times better than those!  Except for using chopped broccoli instead of chopped spinach, I made the recipe as Rachel had written it and would make one change - less pasta.  We tend to like more stuff to pasta so I'd cut it back by half.  This was a wonderful make ahead and bake later dish.  It reminded me a lot of my mom's spaghetti and meatballs from when I was a kid.  It's one of those recipes where you can change it up to suit your own taste.  Exchange the turkey for sausage or ground beef.  Use different vegetables. It's super flexible.  Thank you Rachel!  Here's a link to Rachel's blog if you'd like to get to know her yourself :-)

Baked Spaghetti

Ingredients:
1 lb whole wheat spaghetti
1 lb ground turkey
1/2 t kosher salt
1/2 t dried oregano
1/2 t dried basil
1/4 t freshly ground black pepper
1 pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 26 oz jar of pasta sauce
1/2 c grated parmesan
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

Cook and drain your pasta.  Cook it for a couple of minutes less than the package directs.  Brown and drain the turkey.  Mix together the pasta, turkey, seasonings, spinach and pasta sauce.  Put the mixture into a glass 9x13 baking dish.  Top with the shredded cheese and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.  To serve, cut into squares. 

adapted from The Avid Appetite.  Originally from Y'all Come Eat.

15 comments:

Rachel @ The Avid Appetite said...

Thank you! I really love this recipe and I'm glad that you chose to replicate this one. It's so fantastic for making ahead and having all week long! Glad to have found your blog!

Kate said...

This sounds great! I am craving pasta at the moment and I do love everything in this dish...
Great SRC choice.

Lizzy said...

This would go over well at our house! And it's always wonderful to have another make ahead meal in my repertoire :)

Chelsy Ethridge said...

Fantastico! This looks like a great meal to make for weekday leftovers!

Lacy @ NYCityEats said...

Ohhh I love the sound of this! I've never done a baked pasta but I love pasta everything so I know I'd absolutely devour this! sounds incredible, I can just imagine the aroma floating through the house, yum!!

Denise said...

Grew up eating baked spaghetti.... It really is a force to be reckoned with!!

Denise @ Creative Kitchen

Veronica Gantley said...

I love that you used turkey instead of ground beef. You can never have enough make ahead recipes in your arsenal.

Rhonda said...

Isn't Rachel adorable? So funny that we all feel like a month has hardly passed and it's time for SRC again. Baking spaghetti is one of my go to for leftovers...so good.

Cindy said...

I love recipes you can personalize, this looks like it could have many variations. Great SRC pick.

Anne@FromMySweetHeart said...

Kate...this looks scrumptious! I've never had baked spaghetti before. Looking forward to giving this a go!

Teri@thefreshmancook said...

I love make ahead meals. This looks fantastic!

E.K.R said...

Looks great! Love that you can change this one up to suit your tastes and what you have on hand. I love recipes like that! Great choice for SRC!

CJ - Food Stories said...

Thx for connecting with me on foodbuzz. I just subscribed to your blog feed and can't wait to see what your next post will be!

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

Just love your selection. The flavor combination is simply amazing. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you.

Kirstin said...

This sounds yummy!!!