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Monthly Archives: August 2013

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.

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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.