Friday, March 10, 2017

Menu: Italian Spaghetti Bake Dinner


I've shared this main dish recipe before on my blog (click here), but thought it would be fun to post it again, together with the menu I chose for a recent Family Meal here at our home. It was a joy to have most of our family who lives nearby over for a Saturday lunch at the end of February. 

Italian Spaghetti Bake
Fresh Salad and Dressings
Cheese Garlic Bread
Strawberry Cream Dessert
Chocolate Meringue Pie


Italian Spaghetti Bake

This recipe for Italian Spaghetti Bake makes two 9x13 pans, perfect for our meal together ...

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Italian Spaghetti Bake



Source: tasteofhome.com
Course: Main/Beef
Serves:
Ingredients
  • 2 packages spaghetti one 16 ounce, one 8 ounce package
  • 1-12 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large green pepper chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cans tomato sauce 15 ounces each
  • 1 package sliced pepperoni 8 ounces
  • 1 can mushroom stems and pieces 8 ounces, drained
  • 1 can ripe olives, sliced 3.8 ounces, drained OPT
  • 12 teaspoon dried basil
  • 12 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 14 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 14 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups mozzarella cheese 16 ounces, shredded
  • 12 cup Grated Parmesan cheese grated
Directions
  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook the beef, green pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, pepperoni, mushrooms, olives and seasonings. Drain spaghetti.
  2. Spoon 1 cup meat mixture into each of two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes. Layer with spaghetti and remaining meat mixture. Sprinkle with cheeses.
  3. Cover and freeze one casserole for up to 3 months. Bake the remaining casserole, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through.
  4. To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 2 casseroles (8 servings each).
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Plan To Eat

An easy dish to prepare, and if you don't need both pans for your meal, you can freeze one to bake later. (Note: I also often leave off the mushrooms and the olives, just a family preference.)




Fresh Salad and Dressings

I also prepared a simple large salad ... mixing some romaine lettuce with a purchased package of mixed salad greens, and adding chopped cucumbers, and tomatoes, and a bit of shredded cheese.


Cheese Garlic Bread



Some type of bread is always good with a spaghetti dish, and I chose this recipe that I have used many times over the years. It had been awhile since I had made it, so it was a treat to have it again. We always love this recipe ...



Cheese Garlic Bread


Course: Breads/Rolls
Serves:
Ingredients
  • 12 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • garlic powder
Directions
  1. Combine the melted butter and the Parmesan cheese.
  2. Spread on both sides of 12 1-inch slices of French bread.
  3. Sprinkle bread on both sides with garlic powder.
  4. Place on baking sheet and toast at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes, turning once.
  5. NOTE: I double this recipe for a long loaf of French bread from the bakery - it yields about 24-30 slices.
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As we were celebrating two significant occasions, I decided to make two desserts ... a refreshing creamy strawberry dessert, and another dessert with chocolate, especially for my hubby who is a chocolate-lover.


Strawberry Cream Dessert

Strawberry Cream Dessert

Chocolate Meringue Pie

Chocolate Meringue Pie

Such a treat to enjoy a sweet time with our family around the table ... and then, also fun for me to share this menu with you!




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