It was a busy weekend around here but I did want to share with you this quick recipe. Do you ever stand in front of the refrigerator sighing and thinking, “damn, those leftovers are still in here. I guess we should eat them” *dramatic sigh* Well I do, constantly. That meal I made on Monday that everyone loved? She will not be met with nearly the same enthusiasm, in fact she may even be scorned by the tiny food critics masquerading around here as children. For the record, the little Tupper wares get very depressed over this treatment, so sad in fact they occasionally hide their lids in self defeat, but that’s an entirely different story. I often pull a Pretty in Pink with my leftovers, rearrange, open a few seams, and add an ingredient or two to help their mass appeal, and cause those damn containers are so expensive! (BTW 10 cool points for any of you who know what the hell I’m talking about with regards to Pretty in Pink) So this casserole is using leftover spaghetti. Use whatever spaghetti and sauce you normally make, any of it will work.
Preheat oven to 350ᵒ F.
In a small casserole dish place (well mixed amongst itself) leftover spaghetti and sauce.
Add 1 can diced tomatoes (do not drain). Sprinkle liberally with garlic powder and stir in dish.
Take about 1 serving of raw spaghetti & break it in half. (If you don’t have much actual cooked spaghetti you’ll need more)Place raw spaghetti across top of casserole, 1 noodle deep. Gently (trying to not break spaghetti further) push into casserole just enough to wet noodles with sauce & canned tomatoes.
Wrap dish top in aluminum foil. Place in oven for about 15 minutes.
Remove from oven. Layer shredded mozzarella completely covering top of casserole.
Spray foil with cooking spray (will prevent sticking to baking cheese). Return foil to dish.
Place back in oven for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven liberally sprinkle parmesan across the top.
Serve with a nice fresh salad & you can be like “what leftovers? Ha, we aren’t eating leftovers, this is new!” (No one will believe you, but their confused faces over your apparent mid-week mental crisis will quite them long enough to try it)
Have a good night!