Monday, February 13, 2012

How to Impress your Valentine...

After a friend at work asked me "what to make" for dinner tonight, I hardly had to think at all before one of my favorite recipes popped into my head.  Most of you probably already at least know someone who makes this or even have your own recipe, but like I've said before...I don't cook anything super special!  anyway, here is a GREAT and easy recipe for Valentine's Day.  Pair it with a Caesar salad and a glass of red wine (preferably one of the suggestions from the previous post ;) and you're golden!

Spaghetti Bake
1 pound
4 cup bag (any brand will do)

This is my personal favorite, but any flavor sauce will work!

12 oz pckg, any brand

And last but not least, you need your garlic and seasonings.  I use lots of garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, crushed red pepper, and some basil.  Prepare the noodles as directed on the package and allow them to sit in the hot water before draining while you prepare the rest.  Brown the Italian sausage in a large, deep skillet with some olive oil and garlic.  Once sausage is brown, drain and return to the skillet with the garlic.  Add the entire contents of the jar of sauce, stir, and then lower heat to medium-low and let simmer.  Season to taste as desired.  I also like to put a splash of red wine in my sauce, but just taste to what you like! (or better yet, what your Valentine likes!)  Once the sauce has simmered for about 10-15 min you are ready to bake.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and drain the noodles.  Grease a 9 X 13 Pyrex and pour noodles into bottom of the baking dish.  Spread them out to cover the bottom of dish.  Then add a thin layer of the mozzarella over the noodles.  Carefully pour and spread the sauce and sausage mixture over the top of the cheese and noodles.  Add a final, generous layer of mozzarella cheese to the top of your dish and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the cheese begins to brown on the top.


Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours...(tomorrow).


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