Thursday, November 11, 2010

It's good for you!!! - Spinach, Cheese and Pasta Dish



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)

Ingredients:

 

4 oz. thin spaghetti or angel hair - broken into 2-inch pieces

1 egg

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

Directions:

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.

Enjoy!




Happy Baked Spaghetti with Spinach and Cheese Baking!


11 comments:

  1. I love, love, LOVE French Fried Onions! It is one of my favorites at Thanksgivng!

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  2. I'm with you Avril, cheese is enough of a protein for me. :o) This looks fabulous!! As soon as I saw cheese and spinach I was hooked. And I haven't had French Fried Onions in ages. Love those suckers! My Mom puts them on top of her green bean casserole. That was always my favourite part. What a great casserole, thank you!

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  3. Looks delicious! My entire house would eat this. I am making this one soon!
    mickey

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  4. Darn Avril, I used up my spaghetti noodles tonight for spaghetti. Now I have to wait until I go to the grocery store on Sunday. Rats!
    ~ingrid

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  5. I'm so glad you liked this! It really is delicious. And you're right the French-fried onions are so unexpected but they work SO WELL in this. Yum, I think I'm going to have to make this one again very soon!

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  6. Yum, Avril! I love this, and I think the husband would eat, too.

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  7. The French Fried Onions is indeed an unexpected ingredient! I have not seen it been sold here, or maybe I did not notice! This is new to me! Will have to keep a look-out for this. Thanks for sharing. Looks yummy!

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  8. I love cheese-spinach combo
    lately I keep seeing pasta-cheese-spinach pie, it seems is the new trend ;)
    love the addition of fried onions, tho i have to fry some more to make sure I still have some left to top the pasta :))

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  9. This looks so good! I love the addition of the crispy onions.

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  10. This is a new idea for those poor french fried onions (I can eat them right out of the can), and tired of them on green beans. This I will try. I have to ask one ? - you have this marked as Week Night Meal but there's no linky. Are you not going to use it as a blog carnival?

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