Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Baked Spaghetti - Crazy Cooking Challenge

It's that time of the month again. No, not that time! It's time for another Crazy Cooking Challenge! This month it's all about spaghetti! I chose this recipe for baked spaghetti from Cully's Kitchen because it's easy and it has lots of cheese! I used a nice Catelli sauce. I like the thickness of it. You can use whatever flavour sounds good to you.

Here we go!


1 box spaghetti
1 lb lean ground beef or chicken
8oz fresh button mushrooms, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium Onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon italian seasoning blend
1 700ml jar spaghetti sauce
salt and pepper
2 cups grated cheese (I used Italiano blend)

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Boil the spaghetti according to package instructions. Make sure it's not overcooked since it's still going in the oven after it boils and will cook a bit more.

What the pasta's cooking, in a pan over medium high heat, fry the beef with mushrooms, onions and garlic for about 10 minutes or until meat is cooked through and vegetables are tender. Stir in cinnamon, turmeric, oregano and italian seasoning. Stir in the spaghetti sauce and taste it. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Drain the spaghetti and toss it in the sauce. Use tongs and make sure it's well mixed.

Place 1/3 of the spaghetti into a glass baking dish followed by 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat 2 more times. There should be a layer of cheese on top.

Bake your spaghetti for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.


  1. Looks and sounds really, really yummy. I hope you'll stop by an visit my CCC - Spaghetti Pie


  2. Looks like I need to try baking spaghetti...

  3. I love the idea of baked spaghetti.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my CCC entry: Tomato Sauce with Onion & Butter.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  4. I love baked spaghetti, hello cheese! :) Yours looks great.

  5. I have never baked spaghetti I think I should try this. Sounds pretty easy and yummy with all that cheese..andi

  6. Yum, yum! And a touch of cinnamon? I'll bet it makes the flavors pop!

  7. I am looking for a recipe to try tonight and this is super easy....
    thanks for sharing
    ccc #80 come visit when you get a chance.

  8. Love mushrooms in my spaghetti sauce. Will have to try the turmeric and cinnamon together. #18

  9. Sounds delicious. I like the cinnamon in the sauce, I use it in chili sometimes for more flavor.

  10. I need to bake my pasta with cheese more often. The addition of cinnamon is interesting, not something I would have thought of. Could you taste it?

    Tina decided that I hadn't fulfilled the requirements of the challenge, so she excluded me from the linky party. Check out my post and see what you think!

  11. Yum, I'm loving all of the baked dishes this month! I'm going to have to try them out. Stopping by from the Challenge!

  12. Hi Jen,
    We just love Baked Spaghetti and your recipe looks awesome. It is fun cooking with you in the CCC. Hope you are having a great week end!
    Miz Helen

  13. oh, I bet this would be great for my leftover spaghetti too and just pop it in and use in a smaller pan. :) Finally stopping by from the Crazy Challenge --