Thursday, October 2, 2014

Ghostly Baked Spahetti

It's pretty easy to throw a Halloween twist onto any casserole that your making. Last night I made baked spaghetti, which is always a crowd favorite, and topped it with my ghostly apparitions. The best part about these ghosts is their made of cheese - and who doesn't like cheese? They look awesome and taste awesomer. (Awesomer? I just made up a word. I like it.)


12 oz. whole wheat spaghetti
1 small onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped 
1 Tb. minced garlic
1 large tomato, yup, chopped
2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. thyme
1 - 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 - 2 1/4 oz can sliced olives (reserve two pieces for each ghost you will be making)
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 can low-fat cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
I small round log of mozzarella cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and get your spaghetti started cooking.

While spaghetti is cooking, saute your onion and green pepper in a tablespoon of water until the onion has turned slightly browned and caramelized. If your water runs dry, add more at a tablespoon at a time until veggies are done cooking. Throw in your garlic and cook for another minute. Add the tomato, oregano, basil, onion powder, salt and thyme and stir till veggies are well coated with spices. Add tomato sauce and olives - making sure to set enough olives aside for your ghosts eyes. Allow this to simmer on low until thickened - about 10 minuets.

Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray. In this put half of your spaghetti, half of your tomato mixture and 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese. Re-layer with the rest of the spaghetti and tomato mixture.

Whisk together your cream of mushroom soup and water. Pour this over the top of the last tomato layer, and top with grated Parmesan cheese. If you were making this dish, for say a normal day, you would top with another 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese. BUT, since this isn't a normal day, we are going to make our awesome cheese ghosts.

Thinly slice your mozzarella log. Lay you "ghosts" on top of your casserole and then add two olive eyes each. 

Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes, or until heated through.