Spaghetti Melty Baked Stuff…………………..

You know, I really am in the mood for spaghetti a lot. I always crave it. I pretty much love pasta in general, but there is something about spaghetti. Maybe because it rhymes with my name…..Betty. hahahaha. Which reminds me…..when we were kids, my bratty little brother would taunt me with this stupid little rhyme he made up. It went like this: “Betty spaghetti with the meatball eyes, put her in the oven and you have French fries.” Is that just stupid or what! I mean, really….it is just silly, harmless, but it really used to annoy me. To this day, when I make spaghetti or even hear someone talking about spaghetti, I can picture and hear that bratty little guy following me around with that stupid little chant. Funny how certain silly things stay with us. hahahaha. Ok, back to spaghetti……this particular spaghetti. It’s different than my Baked Spaghetti recipe I posted awhile back. You can find that recipe in my Recipe Index. But this one…..ohhhhhhhhhh, this one. If you like all things melty, you must make this. Another true comfort food. You can make your own pasta sauce or use a GOOD jar sauce……and I mean a GOOD one, not a cheap, crappy one. This is layers of spaghetti noodles, mixture of cream cheese, cottage cheese and sour cream….topped with cheese. How could you not like that! You will, so go make it….now. Or soon. You will feel comforted.

Oh, and this is a great potluck dish!!

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Spaghetti Melty Baked Stuff

1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
Approx 2  1/2 cups good pasta sauce (your own, or  1 jar) I have a simple recipe posted in the recipe index under Baked Spaghetti
1  8oz block of cream cheese, cut up in small cubes
1 16 oz tub cottage cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
8 oz (dry) spaghetti, cooked and drained
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

In a skillet, brown the ground beef or turkey. Add the pasta sauce and heat through. In a bowl, mix together the cottage cheese, sour cream and cream cheese cubes. Set aside. Butter a glass baking dish (I used 9×13). Put half of the cooked spaghetti in the dish. Top with the cheese/sour cream mixture. Put the other half of your noodles on top of that. Spoon the sauce over the noodles, covering everything. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and top with the cheddar cheese. Place back in the oven and bake just until the cheese is all melty. Remove from oven and allow to sit for about 5 minutes. Serves 6-8 people.





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