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vendredi 10 septembre 2021

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti


10 Facts about spaghetti:

1.Spaghetti is the plural form of the Italian word spaghetto, which is a diminutive of spago, meaning “thin string” or “twine.”

2.Contrary to popular belief, Marco Polo did not discover pasta.

3.The ancient Italians made pasta much like we do today.

4.Marco Polo did write about eating Chinese pasta at the court of Kubla Khan, he probably didn’t introduce pasta to Italy.

5.There’s evidence suggesting the Etruscans made pasta as early as 400 B.C. The evidence lies in a bas-relief carving in a cave about 30 miles north of Rome. The carving depicts instruments for making pasta – a rolling-out table, pastry wheel and flour bin.

6.Further proof that Marco Polo didn’t “discover” pasta is found in the will of Ponzio Baestone, a Genoan soldier who requested “bariscella peina de macarone” – a small basket of macaroni. His will is dated 1279, 16 years before Marco Polo returned from China.

7.The Chinese are on record as having eaten pasta as early as 5,000 B.C.

8.They may have the same shape as spaghetti, but they aren’t the same thing. Noodles are the Eastern version of the Italian dish. They’ve been eaten in China for more than 4,000 years and are usually lighter, thinner, and aren’t made from durum wheat.

9.January 4th is National Spaghetti Day.

10.According to the International Pasta Organization, there are more more than 600 different shapes of pasta produced throughout the world.

11.Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, is credited with being the first person to introduce pasta to America, back in 1789.

12.One of the most important times in the history of the spaghetti was World War II. It was then that American soldiers came in close contact with European cuisine, bringing home tales about spaghetti and demanding its presence on the American market.


1 pound spaghetti

1 pound ground beef

1 yellow onion, chopped

4 cups Marinara Sauce

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 large eggs

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2 cups cottage cheese, divided

4 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 9×13 baking dish with vegetable oil spray.

Cook pasta 2 minutes shy of the directions.

Add meat and onions to a large skillet on medium-high heat and brown while breaking it apart until fully cooked, about 5-6 minutes.

Add in the Marinara Sauce and mix well.

Toss the noodles in the salt, eggs, and butter.

Put half the pasta in the bottom of the baking dish, then add half the cottage cheese, half the meat sauce, and half the mozzarella.

Top with the rest of the noodles, the rest of the cottage cheese, meat sauce, and mozzarella.

Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes, remove the foil and bake an additional 15 minutes or until the cheese on top is crispy and golden brown.

Enjoy !!

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