Grandpa’s Famous Baked Spaghetti
Did you have a favorite food when you were a kid that is completely different from your favorite food now? In middle school, I loved anything and everything with hamburger. I went through a long phase very long where I only liked hamburger and french fries. Growing up baked spaghetti was one of my absolute favorite meals to have for dinner, because it had hamburger. As I was working on my family cookbook I found my Grandpa’s Famous Baked Spaghetti recipe. It’s been so long since I’ve had it that I nearly forgot about it. I knew right away that I wanted to recreate a vegan version.
The hype on baking spaghetti is questionable. Honestly, I just baked it because my good ole’ gramps did. My assumption is that baking is mostly for the melting of the cheese. Seeing how I didn’t put any cheese on this I’m not sure why I baked it. Though, I am sure that it is delicious. After eating I was feeling very nostalgic about my childhood remembering coming home off the school bus with spaghetti waiting for me. I didn’t realize I missed it so much, but missing my family probably makes me miss this dish more.
The original recipes had loads of sugar, lol I think I got my sweet tooth from my grandpa. I toned that down and added more vegetables to make it a more nutrient dense dish. I also used Banza chickpea pasta to incorporate more plant-based protein.
1 Tbsp avocado oil
1/2 yellow onion diced
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dried basil
1 (28 oz) can fire roasted tomatoes
1 (24 oz) jar of Ragu Simply, divided
1 cup Gardein beefless ground
1 (8 oz) box Banza pasta
Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C)
Cook Banza pasta according to package instructions watch closely and don't overcook.
Use 1/4 cup Ragu Simply to coat the bottom of a 9” x 13” glass cooking dish.
Making the sauce Saute onions and mushrooms over medium heat until tender. Once tender add spices and can of fire roasted tomatoes, let simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in Gardein crumbles and the rest of the Ragu Simply. yay! Your sauce is done, set aside.
Drain pasta then transfer back into the pot it was cooked in. Quickly add the sauce. Stir to combine tongs work best for this. Once combined transfer pasta into glass cooking dish and bake for 30 minutes.