And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to be full. Psalms 78:24-25

February 22, 2010

Silly Spaghetti Casserole

This dish was a HIT with the kids.  You can't tell, but those are stars that I cut out of an orange bell pepper with a small cookie cutter.  I got this recipe from one of my NEW cookbooks, Cooking for Kids Bible.

Nonstick cooking spray
8 oz uncooked spaghetti, broken in half
1/4 c finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 c cholesterol-free egg product (or 1 large egg)
3/4 lb lean ground beef/turkey/chicken
1/3 c chopped onion
2 c pasta sauce
1/2 (10 oz) pkg frozen cut spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 green, yellow, orange or red bell pepper, cored and seeded

Preheat oven to 350*F.  Spray 8-inch square baking dish (you can use a casserole dish too) with cooking spray.  Cook spaghetti according to pkg directions, omit salt and oil.  Drain.  Return spaghetti to saucepan; cool slightly.  Add Parmesan cheese and egg.  Toss until well mixed.  Place in prepared baking dish.  Spray large non-stick skillet with cooking spray.  Brown beef and onion in skillet over medium-high heat, stirring to break up meat.  Drain fat.  Stir in pasta sauce and spinach.  Spoon on top of spaghetti mixture.  Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.  Use small cookie cutter to cut decorative shapes from bell pepper.  Arrange on top of cheese.  Cover with foil.  Bake 40-45 minutes or until bubbling.  Let stand 10 minutes.  Cut into squares.  Makes 6 servings.

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