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Spaghetti Casserole

Makes 9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground pork or beef
  • 1 lb spaghetti broken in half
  • 24 oz jar marinara sauce
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic pressed
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella or cheddar cheese shredded
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • olive oil for saute
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Italian seasoning for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Start by cooking spaghetti according to package directions. I use the pot size spaghetti or you can break the noodles in half.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • In a large saute pan, add onions and a swirl of olive oil and cook over medium heat for about five minutes, until they start to soften and brown.
  • Add garlic and cook another minute.
  • Add ground pork and cook, crumbling with a spoon.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Once pork is no longer pink, drain any fat and add cubed cream cheese.
  • Mix until combined and melted.
  • Now stir in marinara sauce.
  • In a 9x13 pan, add a ladle or two of sauce on the bottom of the dish, spreading to cover.
  • Now add half of the pasta, then half of the remaining sauce, then 1/2 cup shredded cheese.
  • Top with remaining pasta, the rest of the sauce, and the last 1 cup of cheese.
  • Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes or until bubbly and the cheese has melted.
  • Serve hot with bread and a side salad {to be healthy, of course!}.