spaghetti and meatball casserole

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By Happy Cook
from The Villages, FL

The recipe prepared by Kathy Carter for the October 2014 meeting of Curious Cuisiners.A lot of ingredients, but well worth the trouble! Delish!

serves 8
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 2 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For spaghetti and meatball casserole

  • MEATBALLS
  • 1 lb
    ground sirloin
  • 1 sm
    minced onion
  • 2 clove
    minced garlic
  • 1/3 c
    parsley, minced
  • 2 slice
    bacon diced
  • 1/2 c
    bread crumbs
  • 1
    egg, lightly beaten
  • FORM INTO 1" MEATBALLS. BAKE ON RIMMED BAKING SHEET AT 425 ABOUT 12 MINUTES.
  • MARINARA
  • 1 lg
    onion, chopped
  • 2 stalk
    celery, chopped
  • 1 lg
    carrot, grated
  • 1/2
    green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/3 c
    chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp
    each basil, oregano, thyme, chili powder
  • 1
    bay leaf
  • 1 can
    (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 c
    white wine
  • SAUTE ONION THROUGH PARSLEY; ADD SPICES AND HERBS. ADD TOMATOES AND SAUCE AND WINE. BRING TO A BOIL AND REDUCE TO A SIMMER. COOK 45 MINUTES, STIRRING OCCASIONALLY.
  • SPAGHETTI
  • 1 lb
    regular spaghetti
  • COOKED AND DRAINED, RESERVING 1 CUP PASTA WATER.
  • CHEESE SAUCE
  • 1 Tbsp
    butter
  • 3 Tbsp
    flour
  • 11 1/2 c
    milk
  • 1/2 c
    jalapeno-pimento cheese
  • MELT BUTTER, STIR IN FLOUR AND COOK ON MED-LOW HEAT UNTIL FOAMING SUBSIDES. ADD MILK SLOWLY, WHISKING CONSTANTLY AND COOK UNTIL SLIGHTLY THICKENED. ADD IN CHEESE AND WHISK UNTIL SMOOTH.
  • TOPPING
  • 4-6 oz
    grated parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 oz
    heavy cream

How To Make spaghetti and meatball casserole

  • 1
    Toss pasta and cheese until thoroughly coated. Place in the bottom of a buttered, large casserole dish. Top with meatballs, then marinara sauce. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top and drizzle with the cream. Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly and hot, about 45 minutes.

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