Baked Spaghetti with Fresh Basil and Smoked Mozzarella
Great flavor, and easy to make! This is perfect the way it is, but would also be great with some summer squash and/or zucchini."This was very good and very easy. I used it with leftover spaghetti and it was perfect. I did chop the basil as I knew my kids would not eat giant green things. I also could not find smoked mozzarella at my local grocery so I used regular. The fire roasted tomatoes gave it a nice smokey taste even without the smoked mozzarella." - deniseditgeswoolsey
Yield: 5 Ready in 30 minutes
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|3/4 poundDry spaghetti|
|1 tablespoonolive oil|
|1 mediumOnion; diced|
|6 clovesGarlic; more or less to taste, minced or pressed|
|4 Roma tomatoes; halved and then sliced|
|1 14.5-oz canFire-roasted crushed tomatoes; (regular crushed tomatoes would work fine too - just adjust seas|
|1 cupHeavy cream|
|2 teaspoonsDried Oregano|
|1 1/2 teaspoonsBlack pepper|
|20 Fresh basil leaves|
|2 cupsSmoked mozzarella cheese; grated|
Baked Spaghetti with Fresh Basil and Smoked Mozzarella Preparation
Preheat oven to 350F
Cook spaghetti until almost al dente (be careful not to overcook - it will cook more when it bakes; it should still be a little white in the middle when you put it in the oven).
In a medium skillet, heat oil, add onions, and saute until soft. Add garlic, and cook about a minute more. Add tomatoes, and cook about a minute or two. Add crushed tomatoes, and cook until sauce begins to simmer. Add cream, and cook until sauce begins to simmer. Add oregano, salt, and pepper, and simmer 5 minutes. Taste, and adjust seasonings - sauce should have a good, full flavor that won't be overwhelmed by the pasta.
Lightly oil a 9x9 baking dish, and add spaghetti. Pour sauce over spaghetti. Arrange basil leaves so that they cover the top. Sprinkle smoked mozzarella over the basil leaves.
Bake for about 10-15 minutes, until cheese is completely melted and a little bubbly.
I made this up with things I had in my fridge and cupboard. Mostly I needed to use the basil, tomatoes, and smoked mozzarella, and didn't want to make a trip to the store for anything. The smoked mozzarella really makes the dish, and the fresh basil is excellent!
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