Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Baked Spaghetti

Baked Spaghetti....and it was delicious!

I baked cheesy garlic bread to serve with it.  The kids had seconds...so I know it was good.

Reynold's Wrap
1 (8oz) package of cooked spaghetti
2 tablespoons of butter OR margarine
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 (24oz) carton ricotta cheese
1 lb ground beef
1 jar of preferred spaghetti sauce
1 (8oz) package shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a 13x9x2 inch baking pan with Reynolds Wrap.

2.  Combine hot cooked spaghetti with butter; stir until butter melts and coats spaghetti.  Add 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese; stir to coat.

3.  Arrange spaghetti in an even layer on bottom of baking dish.

4.  Spread ricotta cheese over spaghetti.  (I use my fingers to spread the cheese.  It's so much easier.)

5.  Sprinkle with 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.

6.  **I usually prepare my ground beef and spaghetti sauce the day before as a time saver.**   Brown ground beef, drain;  add pasta sauce.  Mix.  Spoon over cheeses.

7.  Top with mozzarella cheese and remaining Parmesan cheese.

8.  Cover with non-stick foil.  Bake 30 minutes.  Remove foil cover and continue baking 15 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.



  1. I am not sure what the goody bags are, so please forgive me if this is a repeat. When we do major traveling, I stock up on things ahead of time, and wrap them up and label with names. The kids get it all in a box, and they can choose one new thing to open with each state (or 2 things, sometimes). Special snacks and drinks, puzzle books, magazines, books (yea, Half-Price), and so on.

  2. Well, when I called them a goody bag..I'm thinking a bag, with their name and a cute note attached to it, waiting on their seats (as a surprise) when they climb in. Something that they aren't expecting but will put huge smiles of delight on their faces.

    So, what to put in...I like your idea of the puzzle book!

    I want to stay away from crayons because of the likelihood of a major melt down.

  3. Patty, for our last trip I found a lot of neat printables at www.momsminivan.com/printables.html including car bingo and a state license plate tally sheet. The girls really liked those. I also went to Cracker Barrel and stocked up on those cute little dover books ($1 each) and got some of their candy sticks. I found a stick on mosiac at the homeschool convention that took them awhile to complete in the car. I also bought them each a new little polly pocket and provided a "lap desk" of sorts to use to create a ply space. And for a special treat....we had popcorn, chocolate and a Karaoke CD so that Dad could sing to us! It was actually an enjoyable trip. We also packed all the meals. Food is ALWAYS key on trips. Baked goodies (banana bread, cookies) are always a hit. My best gift to my kids was to be well rested so Mom wasn't a grouch. :) TeeHee - Have fun Patty!

  4. Thank you! Thank you! Great ideas!!! I started shopping last night at the $1 section in Target.

    We, too, pack our food. We keep a cooler and stock it during different legs of each trip. So economical and time-saving.

    These ideas are getting me excited to go hunting for more goodies!

  5. Here is what we take on a long trip.
    Puzzles and mazes printed from krazydad.com
    Paper for hangman and tic tac toe
    Word searches and crossword puzzles
    Car bingo
    Other travel games
    Rush hour game by Think Fun
    Playdough (to be used when waiting for dinner at a restaurant)
    Colored pencils (we have even have markers melt in a hot window)
    Pencil sharpener
    Bucket and paper towels (just in case)
    Water bottles
    Books on tape and/or cd
    sunglasses and/or hats
    string and cat's cradle book
    Transformers are good for boys
    Bendaroos* new for this year, not sure about the heat
    Mary packs a weaving loom and supplies or crochet needles and yarn
    Paper and origami book
    Plastic clipboards with storage inside are great! We bought ours at Michael's with coupons. You can even personalize with Sharpies or wet paint pens.

  6. My best hint is an Electric cooler which plugs in to the cigarette lighter and into an electric outlet when you reach your destination.
    This avoids the mess with ice and the lack of it when visiting friends or relatives. Just carry the cooler in and plug in at a motel or your destination. I keep it in the car for trips to the grocery when not on vacation. Coleman is the brand and it is available at Walmart here in Texas.


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