baked spaghetti

Hope you and yours had a very merry, joy filled Christmas!! It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

If you’ve had your fill of ham and lots and lots of leftovers here’s a yummy, quick and easy, casserole for ya! I think you could even call it (semi)healthy. So try it out, 🙂

Ingredients:

recipe adapted from: howsweeteats.com 

3/4 pound whole wheat spaghetti

1/2 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/4 pounds ground turkey

1 tsp. salt and pepper

10 fresh basil leaves, chopped

2 c. of your favorite pasta sauce

1 c. reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 c. freshly grated parmesan cheese

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep water to boil for pasta. Cook spaghetti for about 7-8 minutes. It doesn’t have to be completely cooked since it will be going in the oven.

Heat a skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. Add onions with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and saute until soft, about 5-6 minutes. Add garlic and stir for another minute. Season ground turkey with the teaspoon of salt and pepper and add to skillet. Break apart with a wooden spoon and brown on both sides.

Stir in one cup of pasta sauce and half of the chopped fresh basil. Mix to combine. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick spray. Add half of the spaghetti mixture to the dish, then top with 1/2 cup tomato sauce and half of each cheese. Add the remaining spaghetti and top with the rest of the sauce and cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown and bubbly.

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