Oven-baked spaghetti casserole with cheese and weed

Published Nov 13, 2020 02:00 p.m. ET
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If you’re a lover of pasta and all things green, then you’ve come to the right place because oven-baked spaghetti offers both, all wrapped up in a thick and comforting layer of delicious cheese. It might take a bit more time than a more traditional variety to complete, but we promise that the flavour, texture, and accompanying buzz will be more than worth it.

Why you’re going to love baked spaghetti

Your average spaghetti recipe doesn’t call for any time inside of the oven, as the sauce and noodles can be cooked to perfection using pots on the stove. Still, baked spaghetti casserole offers a mouth-watering combination of soft, melty, and cheesy, with a touch of spice, and the most incredible slightly chewy noodles you’ll ever eat.

The baking process removes some of the moisture, resulting in a dish with flavours that are so intense because they’re thoroughly cooked right in with the noodles. This results in a flavour explosion that some compare to spaghetti that’s been premixed and left to sit in the fridge for at least a few days, to allow the pasts to absorb the spices. Plus, once you get the hang of it, you’ll realize that it isn’t that much more work to make it happen.

Baked spaghetti casserole

Some baked spaghetti casserole recipes incorporate strange new ingredients that you wouldn’t traditionally find in a bowl of pasta. However, here, we’re keeping everything simple and sweet for the pasta lover who enjoys a genuinely tangy tomato taste. Forego the cheese, add a whole other layer of ooey-gooey goodness, or switch up your sauce of choice for an entirely different experience each time you make it.

Preparation: 20 minutes

Cooking: 30 minutes

Calories: 321

Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 16 ox spaghetti noodles (cooked)
  • 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 32 ox pasta sauce
  • 14.5 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1 cooking onion (peeled and diced)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 green pepper (cored and diced)
  • 1 tablespoon of cannabis oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Tools

  • Large saucepan (with lid)
  • Spatula
  • Strainer
  • Ladle
  • 9x13 casserole dish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F, and while you wait, brown the ground beef, onion, seasoning, pepper, and garlic using a large saucepan over medium heat. While it cooks, be sure to use a spatula or wooden spoon to break the meat into small bite-sized pieces.

  2. Once the meat has finished cooking, using a strainer to remove all of the remaining greases, then dump the meat mixture back into the pan.

  3. Add the tomatoes and pasta sauce to the meat and then leave the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring it on occasion to avoid burning.

  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat, stir in the cannabis oil, and dump the mixture into a well-greased 9x13 casserole dish.

  5. Sprinkle both types of cheese evenly over top of the spaghetti mixture and then pop into the oven to bake for between 25 and 35 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown on top.

Once the spaghetti casserole is done, you’ll want to let it rest for at least 20 minutes before serving because the sauce will be incredibly hot, and the cheese helps to insulate which keeps it all in. Excellent topping choices include:

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