Past District Deputy Grand Lecturer
Well, you had to go and encourage me.Always interested in more recipes. Would have to swap out hamburgers for meat chunks though. Maybe add a ghost pepper or two.
Now, you're just going to have to deal with it!
This is my wife's all-time favorite recipe. Years ago I got in the mood to make lasagna, and after several hours work, she said, "It's...O.K." I was disappointed. Every couple of years, I would want to make it again and she would have the same lukewarm response. One time, I was ready to boil the lasagna noodles; the water was at a rolling boil, and when I went to get the box (on the extra pantry shelf in the garage), mice had gotten it first!
Panic begets innovation, and I substituted an equal weight of spaghetti pasta.
She loved it. Who'd figure?
This is the recipe, adapted for the (small) crockpot, and using ingredients we typically have on hand. You could probably bake it an hour at 350F.
Baked Spaghetti for Two
Ingredients (latest version)
Small slow cooker, or Crockette
3/4 cup Ricotta cheese (may substitute cottage cheese)
1 egg, beaten
3/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon dried parsley
4 ounces spaghetti, cooked
¼ pound hamburger (or 1 hamburger patty) cooked and crumbled
1 tsp. crushed red peppers
10+ oz. spaghetti sauce
4 oz shredded mozzarella cheese (or 5 sticks of Mozzarella string Cheese)
Fry hamburger and crushed red pepper in skillet over medium heat, drain, and crumble, pour on spaghetti sauce.
In a seperate bowl, mix ricotta, egg, Parmesan and parsley.
Place 1/3 of cooked spaghetti in bottom of small slow cooker.
Cover spaghetti with layers of 1/3 each of the spaghetti/meat sauce, ricotta mixture and mozzarella.
Repeat all layers twice.
Top with layers of the remaining sauce, ricotta mixture and mozzarella.
Plug in small slow cooker for at least 4 hours.
Let the knife and fork degrees begin!