One of my family's favorite dinners is spaghetti casserole. My mother used to make this when I was a child, but unfortunately she passed away due to cancer when I was 12 and I never was able to get her recipe. For years and years I tried to recreate her recipe without luck. I was heartbroken. No one in my family knew the recipe because she never shared it.
Then the year before last, while my husband was deployed to Iraq, I was on a forum and someone mentioned that they were making spaghetti casserole for dinner. My heart leaped out of my chest!!! OH MY GOD!!! Could this be the recipe that I have been searching for, for 20 years??? PLEASE PLEASE SEND ME THE RECIPE!!!!
I was sent the recipe and I immediately went to the store to purchase what I needed. While I was making it I knew from the smell that it was more than likely my mothers recipe. When I took it out of the oven I was even more sure... and when I tasted it... MOM. I think I cried I was so happy. So for all of you lucky readers, here is the recipe, tweak it as you like to fit your needs (and family size). This is enough for my family and some leftovers for a few lunches.
1 1/2 to 2 pounds ground beef
2 jars of spaghetti sauce (I use Prego)
spaghetti, cooked and drained- enough to make 2 layers
4 tablespoons melted butter
16 slices american cheese (I use Kraft Deli Select- the kind that is not individually wrapped)
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I like using Sharp Cheddar because it ads more flavor)
parmesan cheese, grated (hello... this comes in a plastic thingie already grated, right?)
In a skillet, brown hamburger and drain off fat. Mix in spaghetti sauce. In a casserole dish (lasagna pan size), layer 1/2 spaghetti tossed with butter. Sprinkle the noodles with Italian seasoning.
Pour 1/2 meat mixture on top of the cheese.
Repeat process and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. bake at 350 degrees for 1/2 hour or until bubbly.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did (and still do) and my children do.