A Stitch in Time*

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Summer Thoughts and Baked Spaghetti

Thoughts of Summer Flowers

It's cold and dreary here so I thought I'd post a photo of these flowers taken in the summertime. They are uplifting to me! I have another wretched cold going on--the price one pays for working with the wee ones.

Had to share my niece's Spaghetti recipe--Baked Spaghetti, that is.

Here it is:
Baked Spaghetti

¾ pkg Angel Hair Pasta
4 tbsp butter or marg
1 cup grated parm chs
4 eggs – well beaten
2 cups cottage cheese
¾ lb ground beef or turkey or Italian sausage
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup diced green pepper
2 cups diced zucchini
2 cups diced fresh mushrooms
2 ½ cups canned diced tomatoes with juice
1 - 6 oz. can tomato paste
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp garlic salt
1 sm can olives
2 cups mozzarella cheese

Cook spag. Drain and stir in butter, add parm cheese & eggs. Form spag into crust in a greased 9x13 baking dish. Spread cottage cheese over crust. In a very large skillet brown ground beef or sausage. Drain meat if necessary and set aside. Heat same large skillet over med heat and sauté onion, green pepper, mushrooms, & zucchini until tender. Add meat back to skillet with sautéed veggies and stir in tomatoes with juice, tomato paste and all spices. Add drained olives. Spread mixture in baking dish and bake covered for 30 minutes at 350. Sprinkle cheese on top and return to oven for 5 or 10 minutes uncovered until cheese melts. Enjoy!

* This is a great casserole for company or to return half to the freezer and reheat in two weeks. It is also wonderful as leftovers.


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  • At February 5, 2008 at 1:23 PM , Blogger anni said...

    hola, muy linda tu casa, hasta parece la de las peliculas jejejeje, a mi casi no me gustan las pastas que si no seguro intentaba hacer la receta que dejas, te mando un beo.
    p.d. las flores estan muy lindas.

  • At February 7, 2008 at 5:57 PM , Blogger Susan said...

    I'm sorry you are under the weather. I hope you get well soon.

    Thanks for sharing the pictures of the flowers - we're in the middle of a snowstorm at the moment, so it's nice to see some color!

  • At February 8, 2008 at 8:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    From Costco's 2005 Holiday Recipe Book
    Cattleman's Classic Baby Back Ribs

    3-4 pounds pork baby back ribs (2-3 racks)
    1 cup Cattleman's BBQ sauce (this is sold at Costco but you can sub with your favorite BBQ sauce, I usually use a honey BBQ flavor)

    1 tablespoon garlic powder
    1 tablespoon onion powder
    1 tablespoon salt
    1 tablespoon dry mustard
    1 tablespoon black pepper
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    1/2 cup paprika

    1. The night before cooking the ribs, prepare and apply the rub. Simply mix all the rub ingredients together. Rub mixture all over the ribs, then wrap them in heavy plastic wrap and refrigerate overnite.
    2. Grill ribs over indirect heat on a cover grill or bake in oven (I stick mine in the oven, less mess) for 90 minutes at 350 degrees.
    3. Baste with BBQ sauce and cook 30 minutes longer, or until meat is very tender. Makes 4 servings.

    A recipe from a friend of mine who cooked these for her super bowl party, they are suppoesed to be delicious!
    Sweet Niece


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