After years of cooking for my family one of them recently mentioned that they really are not crazy about traditional Lasagna. Something about the noodles being too much. When he mentioned it most of the others chimed in with "I don't really care for it either". I had to chuckle that it took this long for them to tell me. ☺ But I was definitely glad for the heads up! They do enjoy Angel Hair Spaghetti. It's often not as dry as the thicker kind so that is usually what I prepare when we have pasta. I decided to layer this like Lasagna but it could also be mixed together like a regular casserole. It turned out delicious. And they all enjoyed it a lot!
I prepared a double recipe because I was preparing it for some friends but the second pan could be frozen for later use. The pan sizes here are slightly smaller than a regular 9 X 13 but they ended up being really full. So a regular 9 X 13 might be a better choice.
3¼ lbs. ground beef, browned and drained
¼ cup dry onion flakes
1½ teaspoons granulated garlic
16 oz. angel hair pasta,
cooked according to package directions
7 cups Best Pizza Sauce
12-14 oz. Cream Cheese,
1½ lbs. Mozzarella Cheese,
Brown the ground beef with the onion flakes and granulated garlic. Drain well. If you are using anything below a 90% burger a good way to drain it is to pour it into a colander and spray very hot water over it to drain off all the grease.
Meanwhile cook the spaghetti and drain.
Heat the Pizza Sauce and add the cream cheese in small pieces and stir until melted and mixture is smooth. Mix this and the burger together.
To assemble, put about 1 cup of meat sauce each into the bottom of two non stick sprayed baking dishes. Cover this with a layer of angel hair pasta. Then sprinkle with cheeses and seasonings. Repeat layers until your ingredients are all. Bake covered with foil at 350° until heated through. Remove the foil when the casserole is bubbling to allow the cheese to brown a bit around the edges.
Serve with a green salad (or applesauce) and bread sticks and everyone will love you.
Our men are hunting again in the mountains so Serena and I are once again enjoying some quiet (we DO love and miss those noisy boys... and their Dad!☺) time and a few things together. We enjoyed the Jonah production at Sight and Sound earlier this evening. One of the perks of living in Lancaster County are the half price tickets available. ☺
The party's are here!