Main Dishes

Baked Spaghetti with Crispy French Fried Onions

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This Baked Spaghetti is one of the more unique recipes I have found. First, a layer of cream cheese and sauteed vegetables which gives it a creamy and delicious flavor. Second, this casserole is topped with French Fried Onions during the last 5 minutes of baking, which adds crunch and flavor.

12
8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
1 pound sweet Italian sausage
1 large jar spaghetti sauce (26.5 ounces)
1 tablespoon butter
½ cup chopped red bell pepper
? cup chopped onions
8 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoons milk
Fresh grated Parmesan cheese (I subbed grated cheddar cheese)
French-fried onions (small can)
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 a saute pan and cook until softened. 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 lightly greased 9" x 13" baking dish, assemble in the following order: thin layer of spaghetti sauce, cooked spaghetti, cream cheese/vegetable mixture, remaining spaghetti sauce, Parmesan cheese (amount subject to your own taste) 6. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Top with french-fried onions and continue baking 5 more minutes. (This is the secret ingredient–don’t let them burn.)
Nutritions

Calories
180

Sodium
391mg
16% DV

Fat
10g
15% DV

Protein
9g
18% DV

Carbs
11g
4% DV

Fiber
2g
10% DV