Wednesday, March 07, 2012

CCC: Baked Spaghetti with Cream Cheese and French Fried Onions

March is Spaghetti month (:

Now as far as spaghetti goes, I really love it. By love, I mean whenever I am asked what I would want for my last meal, I always say spaghetti. I'll try any spaghetti recipe once. I was more than ready for this challenge! You can see some more spaghetti recipes {here}.

I chose Baked Spaghetti with Cream Cheese from Let's Dish. I had actually found it just a few days before Tina announced March would be all about red sauce spaghetti recipes. Like I really needed an excuse to make it!  It's definitely a keeper - the cream cheese was incredible. It added a nice smooth texture as well as a very rich taste to the sauce. The crunchy onions are always a plus in my book!

Can't wait to see what everyone else has made - I'll be a stumbling, pinning, tweeting, FBing machine today!

(Printable Version)
Recipe from Let's Dish

What you need:
  • 8 oz. spaghetti
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 (24 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce (I used Hunt's Garlic & Herb)
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • Small can French fried onions

Preheat oven to 350* while cooking your spaghetti according to the box. Drain and set aside.
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

Add ground beef, onions, and garlic. Cook until beef is browned.

Add cream cheese and water. Stir until cream cheese is completely melted.

Add in spaghetti sauce, season with salt and pepper, and cook until heated through.

Add a little sauce on the bottom of a greased 9x13" dish.

Add spaghetti and then pour sauce evenly over the top.

Top with mozzarella and Parmesan.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
Add French fried onions and bake for 5 more minutes.

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Moviegirl03 said...

Cream cheese makes a lot of recipes better. I may have to try this to see if it improves spaghetti sauce. Thanks for posting this. Please swing by my spaghetti post (#3).

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Cream cheese really is one of those magical ingredients. I use it in all kinds of non-traditional ways.

Great post. I hope you'll stop by an visit my CCC - Spaghetti Pie


Kristin said...

Don't know why I never thought to add cream cheese to my pastas...I love it so much!

Alison said...

I've never added cream cheese to any of my pastas, but what a great idea! I will definitely be making this soon for my family! I'm #58 on the linky

Cassie A Little Treat said...

Oh my goodness you have to love cream cheese, it just makes the day better! I am definitely going to try adding some next time! Check me out at #62! Happy Treats!

Jennifer said...

I want to make this NOW. Sounds SO good!

Spaghetti Pie

Lynn Gardner said...

Cream cheese & french-fried onions? I think I'm in love!

Spaghetti Bolognese

Tracey @ The Kitchen Is My Playground said...

This looks so yummy, Sarah! Love the addition of the cream cheese for a different spin on the sauce.
Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground (CCC #15)

Lisa~~ said...

Hunts Garlic and Herb is my daughter's favorite. Love what you chose to do with this challenge and the addition of the French Fried Onions sure sounds wonderful.

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

Cook Lisa Cook

Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl said...

I love adding cream cheese to just about anything, and this looks great! Found you through the Challenge!

Unknown said...

This looks great, I love the addition of the french fried onions!! Stopping by from CCC#61.

Unknown said...

Too funny, we both made the same recipe but from different blogs! This is so yummy, loved it!

Melissa said...

I have never made spaghetti with cream cheese in it before. It sounds delicious, I'll certainly have to give it a try!

Unknown said...

this looks nice and hearty we call it spaghetti pi!!

Marina Prins Hoiting said...

I love this recipe, in holland we love to eat cheese!
I hope you visit me too (ccc51)
greats, marina

Rachel said...

Wow! What a flavor combination! Creamy, savory, crunchy - yum :-)

Jennifer said...

I love those fried onions. I could just sit and eat the whole can with a spoon. I can only imagine what amazing flavour they add to this dish!

Jen #19

Mukta said...

Looks really delicious.
Stopping by from ccc #65

Unknown said...

So glad you decided to try this recipe! I think cream cheese and french fried onions make everything better! :)