Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: Baked Florentine Spaghetti

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Baked Florentine Spaghetti

I'm always on the look out for a great pasta dish and I found one!
A great way to plump up your veggie intake as well.

Baked Florentine Spaghetti...a hearty, comforting family dish!  And a great way to sneak in some veggies! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I'm a bit surprised that this Baked Florentine Spaghetti actually came to fruition.  I am now two days shy of grocery day {Friday} and I'm struggling.

All of the basics seem to have disappeared.  Milk, fresh veggies, nearly all of the cottage cheese {which the husband NEEDS}, granola bars {a must when you have kids} and so many others.  Honestly, I couldn't even think of what to give the kids for breakfast this morning before school.  We had eggs, we had oatmeal, but my brain was so transfixed on everything we didn't have I couldn't even deal.

It's a rough life around here.

Baked Florentine Spaghetti...a hearty, comforting family dish!  And a great way to sneak in some veggies! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

What I did have were two boxes of spaghetti noodles, one jar of spaghetti sauce, some frozen spinach, ground sausage and a handful of others.

I love a good baked pasta dish on the weekends.  One that we can eat off of for two nights in a row {I get a dinner free card!} and one that is hearty and rib-sticking good.  And let's face it, any chance I get to throw spinach at my kids is a good cause.

This dish is one you can throw together from basic pantry staples.  Trust me, I am the PRIME example.  If you were to look at my cupboards right now you might think my family was a bunch of college roommates, as compared to a husband, wife and three kids.

Besides the staples needed for this dish, the only other food sources you'll find are a box of crackers, some cheese, bread and some canned goods that I keep ignoring.

Baked Florentine Spaghetti...a hearty, comforting family dish!  And a great way to sneak in some veggies! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I made this dish in a deep 8x8 baking dish, but it can easily be done in a 9x13 dish as well.  I also took the time to portion out the baked spaghetti {see that photo above?}, I twisted and twirled that spaghetti into 9 different portions so that when you serve it, it perfectly feeds 9 adults.

Or 5 adults and about 8 kids, as they eat less.

Or 3 adults, three nights in a row.

Or whatever other calucation you can come up with.

Baked Florentine Spaghetti...a hearty, comforting family dish!  And a great way to sneak in some veggies! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Baked Florentine Spaghetti


1 lb. spaghetti noodles
24 oz. spaghetti sauce
15 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 lb. ground sausage
10 oz. box of thawed and drained, frozen spinach
1 T. onion flakes
2 t. garlic powder
1 T. Italian seasoning
1 c. Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 c. cottage cheese
1 c. mozzarella cheese
2 T. butter

1.  In a sauce pan cook the ground sausage until no longer pink.  Drain off the grease.  Add in the spaghetti sauce, diced tomatoes, thawed spinach, onion flakes, 1 t. garlic powder and half of the Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine and keep on a simmer.
2.  In a small bowl combine the cottage cheese, egg, 1 t. garlic powder, Italian seasoning and the remaining parmesan cheese and set aside.
3.  In a large stock pot boil the spaghetti noodles until al dente.  Drain and combine with the butter.
4.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
5.  Spray a deep 8x8 baking dish or 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.  Spoon enough of the sauce into the bottom of the pan to cover.  Using tongs pull up some spaghetti, twisting to place into 9 servings in the dish.
6.  Take the cottage cheese mixture and place evenly over the 9 servings. 
7.  Ladel on the remaining sauce and top with the mozzarella cheese.  Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.  Remove the foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.  Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

*Also makes a great freezer meal!  Cover with plastic wrap, then foil and keep frozen for up to 3 months.  Allow to thaw in the fridge the day prior to baking.

Baked Florentine Spaghetti...a hearty, comforting family dish!  And a great way to sneak in some veggies! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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