#Comfort Cooking

Philly Spaghetti

March 05, 2017

I miss book club days!  We started meeting a half hour earlier to join in a potluck dinner or tasters table.  I didn't make assignments and just let the gals decide what they wanted to bring.  If we end up with all desserts, do you think anyone will complain?  Doubtful!  I suggested it would be a good time to try out some of the gazillion Pinterest recipes. 

This Spaghetti recipe was a winner, but then can you ever go wrong when philly cream cheese is part of the mix?  It's original name is Scooter's Spaghetti and is posted HERE.  Hope they don't mind, but "Philly" helps me remember the secret ingredient. 

Layered spaghetti casserole topped with french fried onions. A new favorite!  (I added a little more to the quantities for a 9x13 pan.)

PRINTABLE RECIPE


Ingredients

8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
1 pound ground beef
1 large can spaghetti sauce (26.5 ounces)
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup chopped green peppers
1/3 cup chopped onions
8 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoons milk
Fresh grated Parmesan cheese
French Fried Onions (small can)
Directions
  1. Cook spaghetti according to directions on the package. Cook to al dente, drain and set aside.
  2. Brown ground beef. Drain excess grease. Add spaghetti sauce to skillet and heat.
  3. Combine onions, peppers and butter in small glass bowl. Cover and microwave 4 minutes on HIGH until soft.
  4. Add cream cheese and milk to vegetables and stir well. (If cream cheese is not soft, nuke it for 20-30 seconds to make it easy to spread.)
  5. Using a 10 x 6 dish, assemble in the following order:
  6. Thin layer of spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the casserole dish.
  7. Spaghetti
  8. Cream cheese/vegetable mixture
  9. Spaghetti sauce
  10. Parmesan Cheese (amount subject to your own taste)
  11. French Fried Onions (added during last 5 minutes of cooking)
  12. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Top with French Fried onion and continue baking 5 more minutes. (This is the secret ingredient–don’t let them burn.)
Notes
Make this ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze without the French Fried onions. Don’t forget to add them 5 minutes before casserole is finished cooking.

Thanks for stopping by!  I enjoy good company.



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