Not only is this dish good for you, it is an easy "Week Night Meal" too! Good for you and easy peasy to make........Wonderful! And the fun part about this dish is that there are crispy French Fried Onions it in!- SUPER YUM! It is so much fun for me to find a recipe that has an unexpected ingredient mixed into it. Who would've guessed that French Fried Onions would be part of this recipe?? Yes, to the spinach, pasta and cheese (the title kind of gives it away....) but French Fried Onions?!? Okay, enough of my own personal happiness with this recipe. Time for ME to share the recipe and for YOU to be the judge if this pasta dish makes YOU happy! :-)
Baked Spaghetti with Spinach and Cheese
(recipe from a delicious blog....Cassie Craves)
4 oz. thin spaghetti or angel hair - broken into 2-inch pieces
2 cups (16 oz.) sour cream
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese (or cheese of choice)
1 package (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1 can (2.8 oz.) french-fried onions, divided
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook spaghetti in salted water according to package directions. Drain.
2. While pasta cooks, beat egg (as you can see I got so excited for this recipe that I just combined all ingredients instead of beating egg before adding in the other ingredients....worked out fine) in a medium bowl. Add sour cream, parm cheese, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.....
3. Add cooked and drained noodles to sour cream/egg mixture along with cheese, spinach and 1/2 of the fried onions....
Stir well all together. Pour mixture into a well greased 2 quart baking dish.
4. Sprinkle remaining fried onions on top of noodles....
....and then cover with tin foil. Bake for 30 minutes then removed tin foil and continue baking for another 5-6 minutes or until onions are nice and golden brown.
For those of you that like/need to have a meat included on your dinner menu just add a nice grilled piece of chicken along side this dish and viola you've got your *protein, veggie and starch all at once! *Call me crazy but when I serve a dish for dinner if it has cheese in it of some form or another I consider it the "protein" of the dinner.
Happy Baked Spaghetti with Spinach and Cheese Baking!