8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
1 pound ground beef
1 (24 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup water
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
French Fried Onions (small can)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain and set aside. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add ground beef, onions and garlic and cook until beef is no longer pink. Add cream cheese and water to skillet and cook, stirring, until cream cheese is melted.. Stir in spaghetti sauce and heat through. Season sauce with salt and pepper.
Place a thin layer of the sauce in the bottom of a greased, 9x13 baking dish. Add spaghetti, arranging in an even layer. Pour the sauce evenly over the spaghetti. Top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and top with French Fried Onions. Bake 5 minutes more.
I have been looking for a very long time for a baked spaghetti dish that is more than just spaghetti and sauce thrown into a casserole dish. This is it! I'm not sure if it's the cream cheese or French Fried Onions that make me love it so much, but I suspect it's a little bit of both. This meal is a crowd pleaser, and it's easy to adapt to your own tastes. Leave out the meat, or throw in some peppers and mushrooms. Just don't leave out the cream cheese and French Fried Onions!
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Adapted from Salad in a Jar