Hey y'all .
Welcome back to the simple way in today's video .
I will show you how I make my easy , simple and delicious baked spaghetti .
A K , a million dollar spaghetti .
I'm gonna start by dicing a quarter of a white onion , a quarter of a bell pepper and one green onion and four garlic cloves .
Next , I'll cook £1 of ground beef on high heat .
I'm gonna chop this up really good just like this .
I didn't want my meat sauce to have big chunky meat pieces in it .
So I'll just keep breaking this down to get it nice and crumbly .
I'm also going to strain this fat that you see here .
So now I'm gonna reduce the heat down to medium and I'm gonna add £1 of mild Italian sausage and I'm going to cook it until it's mostly done .
Then I'll add the chopped onions and bell peppers .
And I'll let this continue to cook until those onions are translucent .
So now I'm gonna add the mince garlic and I'm gonna let this continue to cook for an additional minute .
I'm going to season this to taste and I'm only gonna use two seasonings .
I'm just gonna use salt and pepper for this .
That's it .
Like just salt and pepper .
The pasta sauce that I'm using for this recipe was so , so , so , so , so , so , so good , so good .
And if you have a really good pasta sauce , you don't have to do a lot to it to spruce it up .
Not only that , but , um , using that mild Italian sausage also brought a lot of flavor and that fresh garlic and the onions .
So I'm gonna use about 36 ounces of this pasta sauce .
And you know , if you don't have this particular brand accessible to , you , don't worry about it .
Just use a really , really good high quality garlic and herb pasta sauce , OK ?
Then you'll be good .
So you wanna make sure that you taste your sauce and add sugar as needed to balance out the acidity in the tomato sauce in the pasta sauce .
So now we're gonna let this simmer on low for about 30 to 45 minutes .
Make sure that you stir it occasionally .
So now while that simmers , let's work on our spaghetti , you're gonna add a good amount of salt to a pot of boiling water .
Make sure that you taste your water .
It should taste salted .
If it doesn't , then you want to add a little more salt , OK ?
And this is a 16 ounce pack of spaghetti and I'll cook this al Dente , OK ?
Which means basically firm when bitten but not hard or crunchy .
And this could take anywhere from about 8 to 10 minutes to cook .
Now , we are going to make our cheese sauce and it's going to be really , really simple yet delicious .
So we're gonna add together eight ounces of sour cream , five ounces of cottage cheese and four ounces of room temperature cream cheese .
Our chopped green onions , I believe that was like 1 to 2 chopped green onions .
We're gonna add just salt and pepper as our seasonings .
That's it .
And you want to add this to taste .
Now , trust me on this y'all .
I know y'all like your salt and pepper .
Yes , your salt and pepper .
This is a really simple , easy recipe , but it's gonna be so , so delicious once it all comes together .
So now I want you guys to go ahead and preheat your oven to 3 75 .
I'm using a nine by 13 inch casserole dish and I'm adding some of the meat sauce to spread it evenly over the bottom of the dish just like this .
Then I'm sprinkling some grated Parmesan cheese onto the meat sauce .
So when you do , when you do yours , you do as much as you want .
So I'm going to add all of the spaghetti in here and I'm only gonna do this in one layer .
So again , I'm adding all of that spaghetti and I'm gonna spread it out evenly just like .
So I will add all of the cheese sauce just like this and I'm gonna gently spread it across the spaghetti as evenly as possible .
Now I'm gonna add all of the remaining meat sauce on top of the cheese sauce .
And I'm just gonna just spread it out gently to , you know , gently cover that cheese sauce and I'm gonna cover this with 16 ounces of grated mozzarella cheese .
And I'm gonna cover this real good .
Now , I'm adding parsley here .
I know you guys totally cannot really see it , but I'm adding dried parsley .
When you do yours , you can go a little bit heavier if you prefer .
OK , we're gonna bake this for about 30 to 45 minutes or you can , you know , take it out once your cheese is , you know , melted and nice and golden brown .
So this is optional .
I uh at the last minute just use my chi my kitchen sheers and cut up these green onions .
This is , you know , like the last of my green onions just cut these up and I'm gonna add this on top of the baked spaghetti .
So I just added this during the last 15 minutes of baking .
You know , if you prefer not to do this , another good option would be to add some fresh parsley , you know .
Yeah , you could do that too .
This is what the baked spaghetti A K a million dollar spaghetti looked like after it was done , this took about , I would say about 45 minutes to bake .
I did turn this up to broil like at the last like three minutes .
I turned this up to broil and yeah , I did not let this rest .
Like , as you can see , it's nice .
It's cheesy .
You know , it's uh , oh my gosh .
It was so flavorful .
It was so , so good when you make yours , if you want to let it rest for about 10 , 15 minutes , it's totally up to you .
But as for me and my house , we eat our food hot .
So yeah , I hope you guys will try this recipe .
Comment below and let me know how yours turned out and I hope to catch y'all in my next video .
Thanks for watching .