Thursday, August 6, 2009

Baked Spaghetti....MY WAY

1-lb of lean ground meat. I use Angus beef, but you can use whatevah.

1-Jar of spaghetti sauce or home made sauce. I cheat and use the jar.

8-ounces of UNCOOKED spaghetti noodles. I use whole wheat noodles.

1-cup of HOT water.

Shredded cheese of your choice. I use Sharp Cheddar.


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Brown the ground meat and drain. Make your sauce as you normally do and bring to a simmer. Break the spaghetti noodles into 3rds and place in an oven safe dish. Pour the HOT water into your sauce and pour the entire mixture over the uncooked noodles. Mix the ingredients well and make sure there are no noodle pieces sticking up out of the mixture. Bake in the pre heated oven for 40 minutes. After the 40 minutes sprinkle the cheese over the top and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and ENJOY!! You family will LOVE you for it!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

7-Layer Salad...MY WAY!

Ok, I got the original recipe from a friend, and I have tweaked it a bit to my preference. Feel free to do so as well! The ingredients are in the order of the layer starting, of course, with the bottom layer, and I put mine in a HUGE Pyrex bowl left to me by my granny. ENJOY!!

1-head of shredded lettuce. (You can cheat and use a bag of shredded lettuce. I do!)

1-Medium Onion chopped finely and layered on top of the lettuce.

1-Bell Pepper finely chopped and layered on top of the onion.( I use green, but any will do)

1-Small package of frozen sweet peas. Thawed but NOT COOKED. Layer on top of pepper.

1-Small bottle of Ranch dressing. Today I got Bacon Ranch, but I guess any dressing will do. Pour this in an even layer OVER the peas.

Shredded Cheese. I use cheddar in a thick layer on top of the dressing.

Crumble bacon on top of the cheese. (I use a lot. Hahaha)

Assemble the ingredients in the above order. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Over night is best allowing all of the flavors to mingle. Some people will actually toss all of the ingredients before serving, but I just dip it out as I go. It makes a TON!!!

I hope you like it!!