I was in a quandary as to whether I should even post this. See, it’s not even really a recipe. It’s Baked Spaghetti.
But since this baked spaghetti is shaped like cake I figured you might like to know how it’s done. Besides almost everyone I know loves spaghetti and meatballs including me. Except these meatballs are made with turkey.
And they are flavored with allspice and nutmeg . There are no eggs and no breadcrumbs in the mixture. Really, they are not needed.
You know from my stuffed zucchini recipe that I use ground turkey instead of beef most of the time.
The sauce – well, I used sauce out of a jar. My favorite.
Pinch off enough to make a 2 inch meatball, shape it and place in a round pan with sides that are at least 3 inches high. (You want to be able to put the spaghetti in there after the meatballs are cooked to make the “cake”.) Place the meatballs in the oven and bake at 375 degrees 10 to 15 minutes. About 1/2 way through take them out and flip them over and return to the oven.
Meanwhile cook your spaghetti. Drain the water and combine the spaghetti with your favorite sauce.
Remove the meatball pan from the oven and add some of the spaghetti right on top of the meatballs. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese and…well, why not? Add some mozzarella on there too. The more cheese the better!
Add the rest of the spaghetti, push down on it a little with the back of a spoon.
Return to the oven, bake for about 20 minutes. Add more cheese if you like in the last 10 minutes of baking. Take out of the oven, let it sit for about 10 minutes if you can stand it. Invert a plate on top of the pan. With oven mitts on flip the pan over.
Check out others who have baked spaghetti recipes.
- ½ pound ground turkey
- ¼ cup onion chopped
- 2 tablespoons italian flat leaf parsley chopped
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- scant ¼ teaspoon allspice
- scant ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon shredded parmesan cheese
- 6 oz. spaghetti
- Jarred spaghetti sauce
- Preheat oven to 375
- Combine the first 8 ingredients until blended. Shape and place in lightly greased round pan with sides that are 3 inches or higher.
- Bake the meatballs for 10 to 15 minutes until starting to brown.
- Fill a medium saucepan halfway with water.
- Bring to a boil and add the spaghetti.
- Cook for 10 minutes or less until al dente. Taste test for doneness.
- Drain the spaghetti, add your favorite sauce and combine.
- Place half of the spaghetti on top of the meatballs. Add parmesan cheese and mozzarella.
- Top with remaining spaghetti. Push down lightly with the back of a spoon.
- Bake for about 20 minutes.
- Add cheese on top at the last 10 minutes of baking.
- Let it rest for about 10 minutes and dig in!
- Serves 2 or 3 with leftovers
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