I am just going to tell you this right now. Although the recipe is quite yummy, do not get it twisted, it is in no way Italian. You might gather that based on that ingredient they call cheddar cheese but “spaghetti” can be misleading. It is not a creamy casserole but it was filled with flavor. Even though the recipe gives ground beef as an option, I would not make it optional but necessary. Keep in mind that this recipes timeline does not include ground beef or pasta cooking time. If you are a good multi-tasker you can cook these at the same time as the vegetable mixture. see below recipe for more notes
W.W.S. Points- N/A
Prep: 20 minutes Bake: 30 minutes
1 cup chopped onion (I buy prechopped)
1 cup chopped green peppers
1 Tbsp. butter
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
2 tsp. dried oregano
1 lb. ground beef, browned & drained, optional (I think the ground beef is necessary)
12 ounces spaghetti, cooked and drained
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
¼ cup water
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
In a large skillet, sauté onion and green pepper in butter until tender. Add the tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and oregano. Add ground beef if desired. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
Place half of the spaghetti in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with half of the vegetables mixture. Sprinkle with 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Repeat layers. Mix the soup and water until smooth; pour over casserole. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until heated through.
Now Let’s Dish- I know this is silly but I wouldn’t make this on a hot day. Having an oven and 3 burners at the same time going was slightly uncomfortable in summer heat. We served it with Greek salad because that is what the hubby requested. I feel like if would have made the soup/water mixture a little more liquidy it would have been slightly creamier instead of sitting on top.
WW tips- I did not eat this dish. I had a few bites but I had a huge Greek salad -romaine, feta (1), Greek olives (1), crumbled croutons (1), avocado (2), and dressing (2) and Amy Black Bean Enchiladas. I wanted some extra room for dessert.
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