Pasta Casserole Recipes

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Here's an adaptation of one I found when I was in Germany. It came from one of the many German cooking magazines that have so many wonderful recipes. This one is a variation of a spaghetti casserole recipe.

German noodle nests

Pasta is Italian and noodles are German AND Southern Germany loves its noodles.

German Noodle Nests

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz spaghetti
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 24 oz can pasta sauce
  • 1 lb fresh mushrooms
  • 2 - 3 smoked sausage (precooked), cubed
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • salt, pepper
  • 4 oz mozzarella, cubed

Instructions:

  • Cook spaghetti according to package instructions, till "al dente".
  • Drain spaghetti, rinse with cold water. Return to pot and mix in 3 tbsp olive oil.
  • Quarter mushrooms. In frying pan, put remaining olive oil. Heat. Add mushrooms, stirring until browned. Add sausage,
  • Using a garlic press (or chopping finely), add garlic to mushrooms. Continue to brown for a few minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Add green onions and season with salt and pepper.
  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Put 1/3 of pasta sauce in bottom of casserole dish.
  • Form 6 "noodle nests" (see hints below) and place in casserole.
  • Distribute the mushroom mixture in the center of the nests.
  • Pour the rest of the pasta sauce around the nests.
  • Sprinkle cubed mozzarella over top.
  • Bake, uncovered, until bubbly - about 25 - 30 minutes.
  • Serves 4 - 5

Hints:

  • To form nests, put about 1/6 of spaghetti on a saucer and form into nest by twirling it around the fork with a depression in center. Slide into casserole dish.
  • Repeat with remaining spaghetti.

Enjoy this cultural mix because these "noodle nests" don't use German noodles, but rather spaghetti. So, then, this could become your best spaghetti recipe -- It's a fun casserole to make for company. Make it ahead and then just pop it in the oven to bake.

I enjoy making this using either whole wheat or multigrain spaghetti - not only delicious, but healthy as well! Want vegetarianThen omit the sausage.

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