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Oh look! It’s another food post! Aren’t you thrilled? The fact of the matter is that – no matter what else is going on – I have to eat some time. I don’t have much to talk about today (unless you want to hear all about my exciting trip to the Meijer in Highland, Indiana) but I can tell you what I made for dinner last night.

Baked Spaghetti – More Catholic Prison Food

To begin, I should probably start this off with the disclaimer that I never ate baked spaghetti growing up. Our spaghetti was always angel hair pasta, a jar of marinara and a few meatballs. I enjoyed everything but the angel hair and my brother hated everything but the angel hair*, so I’m sure that we can confidently say that we did our part to keep the family grocery budget under control.

Still, once I got to college, I discovered that there were plenty of people who ate baked spaghetti back home. The first time I tried it, I was pretty skeptical. I mean, it is pretty gross looking. Eventually, baked spaghetti won me over. It’s easy, you can make it the night before and it’s really pretty cheap.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 pound of ground beef (or turkey, if you’re beef-avoidant)
  • 1/2 pound of spaghetti noodles
  • 1 onion
  • 1 jar of pasta sauce
  • 1/2 bag of shredded mozzarella (fancy, natch)
  • 1 pint of frozen sliced mushrooms

I also thought about adding some broccoli but I don’t want Bret to divorce me, so I left that out.

How to make it:

  • Cook your noodles according to the instructions on the package.
  • Brown the ground beef with the onion and mushrooms.
  • Drain the grease from the meat and combine everything together in a bowl.
  • Put the spaghetti in a lidded casserole dish, bake at 350 for one hour.
  • Try not to think too much about how utterly unappetizing your dinner looks.

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Really though, once you wrap your head around the fact that it’s ugly, it doesn’t taste all that bad.

 

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