Baked Spaghetti Casserole
INGREDIENTS
  • Cooking Time: 30 to 35 minutes
  • Servings: 12
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. butter or margarine (I used non-stick cooking spray)
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (4 oz.) can mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1 (2 1/4 oz.) can sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained*
  • 12 oz. spaghetti, cooked and drained according to package directions
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 (10 3/4 oz.) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large skillet, saute onion and green pepper in butter or margarine until tender; add tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and oregano.
  3. Add ground beef and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  4. Place half of the spaghetti in a greased 13 X 9-inch baking dish (again, I used non-stick cooking spray); top with half of the vegetable mixture.
  5. Sprinkle with 1 cup of Cheddar cheese; repeat layers; whisk the soup and water until smooth and pour over casserole.
  6. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese; bake uncovered in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until heated through.
RECIPE BACKSTORY
This not-so-typical baked spaghetti casserole recipe was given to me by a lady I work with; it originally comes from Taste Of Home, and was submitted by Ruth Koberna of Brecksville, OH. *Instead of cooking the ground beef and vegetables separately, I cooked them together until the meat was brown and the veggies were tender.