I absolutely love baked spaghetti. My husband, however, is NOT a big fan of spaghetti at all. So, it’s not something we have on the menu often. I was searching baked spaghetti recipes online a few weeks back looking for a possible way to have him change his mind. I stumbled across a few that mentioned using cream cheese in it in various ways (cubed on top of the noodles, mixed into the noodles, and even mixed into the sauce) We love cream cheese around here so I saw a glimmer of hope. After reading a few I decided on a way that would work best for me and got to cooking. Lets just say the hubby actually ate it. Yep, and did not complain! Score!
12 oz angel hair spaghetti
28 oz jar of your favorite pasta sauce (or make your own.. I’m not that good!)
8 oz Philadelphia Whipped Cream Cheese
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage
1-2 teaspoons sugar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups Shredded Cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350.
Brown ground beef and Italian sausage in a frying pan until cooked thoroughly. Drain Grease. Combine meat, jar of spaghetti sauce, minced garlic, and sugar in a pot and simmer on low to allow flavors to meld.
Boil noodles according to package directions. Reserve a bit of the water from the pot. Drain the rest and return the noodles to the pan. Add 8 oz of cream cheese to the noodles. You may need to add a little of the pasta water to help with mixing. Try to coat all of the noodles as evenly as possible.
Put a thin layer of the meat/sauce mix in the bottom of a 9X13 dish.Add the noodles on top of this. Then, add the remaining meat/sauce mixture. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the top. Cover with foil and bake for 2 minutes. Remove and top with shredded cheddar cheese. Bake for another 15 minutes.
Once the cheddar cheese is melted and slightly browned, remove from oven and let cool for 15-20 minutes. Using a spatula you should be able to easily cut out servings and plate it. Goes perfect with rolls or garlic bread of course! It was absolutely delicious and even tasted great as leftovers!