Is it spaghetti? Is it lasagna? It's Spasagna! Sometimes the meals I make are inspired by my favorite restaurant foods. If you've ever been to a Cheddar's restaurant then this will be a familiar dish to you. If you've never heard of it, well, it's about time you do. Basically, it is cooked spaghetti noodles tossed with alfredo sauce, baked in the oven, and then topped with a meaty red sauce. After I tasted this years ago, I knew I had to recreate a version of it at home. Now, you will never hear me say that something tastes exactly like it does in a restaurant. Because the truth is, I can never get anything exactly like it is in the restaurant. But I can come close sometimes and I think the end result of this one turns out pretty darn good, even if it isn't an exact match.For this recipe, I've used some convenience foods to save time (and dishes!). But if you have the time and don't mind dirtying up a few more pots, you can definitely have fun with this recipe by making your own alfredo sauce and meat sauce from scratch.
1 (26 oz) Jar of your favorite Spaghetti Sauce
1 (16 oz.) Jar Garlic Alfredo Sauce
1 lb. spaghetti noodles
1 pound of ground beef
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup milk (2% or higher)
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried parsley
I love the Garlic flavored Alfredo sauces. Also, I had already dumped the cheese into the bowl when I remembered to take a picture. Bad food blogger! (not pictured: milk, oregano & parsley)
Cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions. Drain noodles very well. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, combine alfredo sauce, mozzarella, milk, oregano and parsley. Stir well to combine.
Add cooked and drained spaghetti noodles and toss to coat them completely.
Place entire mixture into baking dish
Cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 30 minutes.
While it cooks, start browning your ground beef in a medium sauce pan. Once beef is brown and crumbled, drain well to remove excess grease. Over low heat add spaghetti sauce and mix. Put cover over sauce pan and allow the mixture to keep warm until pasta is ready. After pasta is finished cooking, remove foil and allow to cool for 8-10 minutes.
Unless you are completely impatient like me. Then you just cut out a slice and pour spaghetti sauce mixture on top, sprinkle with a bit of Parmesan cheese, if you like, and then dig in. I will warn you, if you don't allow the mixture to cool a bit before slicing, it can get just a bit runny on you (see below picture) but the taste is still fantastic!
Cook's Notes: If you like a lot of red sauce, you may want to purchase two jars.