Twice Cooked Veggie Spaghetti Recipe

Growing up my mom worked multiple jobs and went to school (college) all trying to raise five kids.  Often times, when we got home everybody was dirt tired (using one of my mom’s phrases).  And I don’t know about you, but when you’re exhausted the last thing you want to do is slave away in a kitchen.  So, spaghetti became one of our go-to dinners.  This was just fine with me and my siblings because we are all pasta lovers!
I don’t think any of us have tried a pasta fish that we don’t like.  Anyways, when I met my husband, he was not a spaghetti fan.  At all.  Then, we had Moo and she was (still is) a spaghetti fanatic.  I was thrilled to have someone to cook spaghetti for again.  Over the years, I’ve experimented with making spaghetti a few different ways and the recipe I’m sharing with you today is one of my favorites.
It’s a great way to sneak in some veggies for those picky eaters.  I’m going to go ahead and let you know there aren’t any specific measurements listed because I’m more an eyeball-it-like-Rachel-Ray kind of cook.  I make whatever looks like it’ll be enough for my family and I’ve learned that two shakes of this or three shakes of that is my family’s taste preference. 
Ingredients
Angel Hair Spaghetti
Hunts Garden Combination Spaghetti Sauce
White Cheddar (soy/dairy)
Sharp Yellow Cheddar (soy/dairy)
Frozen Mixed Veggies thawed (try to stay away from canned veggies because they tend to be mushy)
Ground Beef/Turkey
Directions
In a medium sauce pan, bring about three cups of water to a boil over high heat for spaghetti noodles.  While you wait for water to start boiling go ahead and brown your beef or turkey in a medium or large frying pan on medium-high.
Once water is boiling add angel hair noodles and turn down to medium heat.  Cook for 5-7 minutes.  Do NOT overcook because noodles will be very mushy. 
Drain meat and noodles when done.  Mix together in sauce pan and add in spaghetti sauce and thawed mixed veggies.
In a baking dish alternate layering spaghetti and cheeses starting with a layer of spaghetti first and ending with a layer of cheese on top.  Cover with foil and bake for 10-15 minutes at 325. Let cool for five minutes before serving.
Didn’t remember to take a pic until I had started eating.  It’s that yummy.   

I hope that you will try this recipe. Spaghetti and mixed veggies may sound like a weird combination but with the Garden Combination spaghetti sauce and the cheeses it all comes together. You can also use fresh bell peppers too.  And of course, if your kids allergies like mine gluten-free pasta and soy cheeses work well with this dish too.
Do you have a favorite non-traditional spaghetti recipe?

16 Comments

  1. DaenelT

    October 22, 2012 at 12:33 am

    My son loves spaghetti! I usually make it with sausage and ground beef. I wonder how the rest of the family would like this?

  2. Daenel T.

    October 22, 2012 at 12:33 am

    My son loves spaghetti! I usually make it with sausage and ground beef. I wonder how the rest of the family would like this?

  3. Candice

    October 22, 2012 at 12:41 am

    We love spaghetti too! I made a baked spaghetti casserole last week that was sooo yummy. I will have to try adding mixed veggies next time. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Katie

    October 22, 2012 at 11:44 am

    That looks YUMMY! I am going to have to try it!

  5. Mrs. Pancakes

    October 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    My spaghetti meals are pretty standard but I do love some pesto…so simple and yummy!!

  6. Alicia

    October 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    It looks super yummy and it's making me hungry! LOL. I wish I loved cooking (or was as good as it) as much as you and Tara. It'd be a WRAP! LOL.

    (PS: Nice makeover!)

  7. YUMMommy

    October 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Cooking takes practice. I'm always taking simple dishes and finding ways to jazz them up so that they look and taste fancy. LOL. I do have some misses sometimes though. Glad you like the new look!

  8. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy

    October 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Cooking takes practice. I'm always taking simple dishes and finding ways to jazz them up so that they look and taste fancy. LOL. I do have some misses sometimes though. Glad you like the new look!

  9. YUMMommy

    October 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I went through a period where I was addicted to pesto. I was putting on almost everything and most certainly serving it with every meal including breakfast. LOL

  10. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy

    October 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I went through a period where I was addicted to pesto. I was putting on almost everything and most certainly serving it with every meal including breakfast. LOL

  11. YUMMommy

    October 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    It is really yummy! Hope you'll like!

  12. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy

    October 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    It is really yummy! Hope you'll like!

  13. YUMMommy

    October 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    You're welcome! I'm really starting to get into these twice cooked and casserole dishes. I should have been trying them earlier.

  14. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy

    October 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    You're welcome! I'm really starting to get into these twice cooked and casserole dishes. I should have been trying them earlier.

  15. YUMMommy

    October 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Love the idea of mixing sausage with the ground beef. Will have to try that. Thanks for the idea!!

  16. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy

    October 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Love the idea of mixing sausage with the ground beef. Will have to try that. Thanks for the idea!!

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