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Soft (and Addictive!) Garlic Bread

We love garlic bread in our house, especially as an accompaniment to spaghetti and meatballs. What I don’t like, however, is super crunchy bread that takes on the consistency of toast. I’m sure some people love toasty garlic bread, but it’s just not for me.

Soft Garlic Bread

The Ingredients:

  • A fresh loaf of French bread (16 oz). Or, if you’re a huge sourdough fan, grab a loaf of sourdough.
  • 1/2 cup (yes, one stick — don’t freak out) of unsalted butter, softened.
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, smashed and minced.
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of freshly chopped parsley.

The Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix the butter, garlic and parsley together in a small bowl.
  • With a good bread knife, make 1 inch thick slices into the bread, down to the crust, without going completely through.
  • Put a teaspoon or two of the butter mixture between each slice.
  • Wrap the bread in aluminum foil and heat for 15 minutes in the oven.

Try not to eat the whole loaf before your family comes down for dinner.


Baked Spaghetti Casserole

Last weekend I was looking for something to jazz up an otherwise boring spaghetti and meatball night, and I stumbled across this recipe which did just the trick.

Baked Spaghetti Casserole

The Ingredients:

  • 12 oz spaghetti
  • 28 oz of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 1 lb lean ground beef OR do what I did and thaw and cut up pre-made turkey meatballs because, frankly, it was WHAT I HAD IN THE FREEZER!
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

The Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In skillet, brown the meat and drain (or you can do my little frozen meatball trick). Stir in pasta sauce.
  • Cook the spaghetti al dente, then drain.
  • Mix the cooked spaghetti with the cream cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic. Stir until the pasta is coated with the cheese mixture.
  • Lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ pan and spread a small amount of meat sauce on the bottom of the pan. Put the spaghetti mixture in the pan and cover with meat sauce and then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes, until bubbly.

We enjoyed this baked spaghetti casserole with soft and yummy garlic bread and freshly steamed green beans.