A Series of Un-Instagrammable Food: Baked Spaghetti

by - Sunday, October 07, 2018

My mom recently roped me into cooking lunches and I decided to test out a series called A Series of Un-Instagrammable Food because let's be honest, none of the food I make is ever going to be photogenic. For today's lunch, I decided to make a baked spaghetti thing (casserole? I don't know what you call this lol). I loosely based this recipe off one I found on Plain Chicken through sheer googling

Ingredients I used (this made leftovers & fed 3 people for lunch):

  • Thin Spaghetti (make sure you use enough for three people, I basically had half a box left)
  • One 24 oz can of whatever tomato sauce you like 
  • 5 tablespoons of melted butter/margarine 
  • Four pieces of garlic, minced (I cannot mince garlic but at least I tried. The recipe called for a whole clove but I used 4 pieces (approximately half) because I didn't want it to be too garlic-y)
  • One squeeze of Arla Squeezable Cream Cheese 
  • Six meatballs (in retrospect, I should have added more meatballs but I thought the meatballs would be heavy. Turns out the pasta is heavier than the meatballs), cut up into little pieces 
  • Shredded cheese (I used low moisture whole milk mozzarella and mild cheddar). 

All you have to do is boil your spaghetti, fry your garlic (because I don't dare use raw garlic on anything), mix it with your butter (or margarine) and cream cheese, mix it around with the spaghetti, dump your tomato sauce on it, mix it around again, and sprinkle some cheese on it and bake for 10 minutes at 325 degrees.

However, some things did go wrong and those were:
-I did not realize spaghetti multiplied in water, so I ended up having too much pasta in the dish
-My mom said it was a bit sour and I assume it's because of the tomato sauce (I used Hunt's 4-cheese Tomato Sauce). She told me to put in a little bit of sugar next time.
-Not enough meatballs. I used six (2 per person), but next time I'll use a whole bag of 10 meatballs.

Oh well. Cooking is always a learning experience and everyone liked it (enough).

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