Saturday, September 1, 2012

Baked French Fried Onion Pasta

This is an easy peasy recipe for pasta done a little bit different (and it's great with left-over spaghetti sauce). I came across this recipe on one of the Crazy Cooking Challenges from last year, and you won't be disappointed if you create this for dinner sometime very soon.

Baked French Fried Onion Pasta
adapted by me, found at Chocolate Chocolate and More, originally from Salad in a Jar

8 oz uncooked pasta (penne, bowtie or spaghetti)
2 to 4 cups of spaghetti sauce with ground beef (use left-overs, make from scratch or a jar)

1/3 cup onion, chopped
8 oz cream cheese

1 tbsp butter, melted
2 tbsp milk
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
French's Fried onions (small can)

Cook pasta according to package directions, you want it to be al dente. Drain and set aside.

Add cream cheese, melted butter and onions, stir until creamy and blended.

Now to put it all together. Put a good layer of sauce on the bottom of a baking dish, I used a 9x13 glass baking dish. Nest add the noodles and then top it with the cream cheese mixture. Then another layer of spaghetti sauce and top it off with the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes. Add the French's Fried Onions and then bake (or broil) for about 5 to 10 minutes.

Serve with a green salad and garlic toast and it's a perfect weekend night dinner and a great new recipe to recreate with all that left over spaghetti sauce we always seem to have hanging around in the refrigerator.


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