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Cheese and Pesto Italian Baked Spaghetti Recipe

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Looking for a great comfort food EASY spaghetti dish? This Cheese and Pesto Italian Baked Spaghetti is an oldie but a goodie and one we turn to frequently. Plus, I adore Paula Deen, and well, this is an adaption of one of her great recipes!

Cheese and Pesto Italian Baked Spaghetti Recipe

I love cookbooks. I have a ridiculous amount of cookbooks.

I almost never follow a recipe fully and I’m always substituting or adding my own twist to every meal we make from a recipe.

However, my over flowing bookshelf of cookbooks needed a little dusting off and when Tina made This Week’s Cravings a recipe from our favorite cookbook, I knew it was time.

Cheese and Pesto Italian Baked Spaghetti Recipe

The problem is, which cookbook.

It took me days to decide which cookbook I wanted to use, and then another week to decide which recipe.

I’m WAY too addicted to Taste of Home, but I might also equally be addicted to Paula Deen. I went with Mrs. Paula Deen because she cooks like me.

Well, okay without all the butter… I probably don’t use as much. ANYWAY.

Cheese and Pesto Italian Baked Spaghetti Recipe

I finally settled on this awesome Cheese and Pesto Italian Baked Spaghetti Recipe from Paula Deen’s The Deen Family Cookbook.

We had never made it before and it really turned out good. (update: We’ve made this dozens of times and honestly, it’s one of those dishes you can add vegetables too, flavors, seasonings, different proteins, etc. to make it what you want, which I LOVE!)

I think that next time I will probably nix the goat cheese (only because it was expensive) and add some low fat cottage cheese, simply to add a little more moisture to the recipe.  (we’ve done this too now and it’s DELICIOUS!)

But honestly the flavor was amazing as it’s written below and it is definitely hearty and rich.

Cheese and Pesto Italian Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Are you ready to whip up a delicious Cheese and Pesto Italian Baked Spaghetti Recipe?

Cheese and Pesto Italian Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Cheese and Pesto Italian Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Yield: 8 -10
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound uncooked spaghetti noodles
  • 1 pound ricotta cheese
  • 2 6-7oz jars of prepared pesto
  • 2 ½ cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 13×9 dish.
  2. Cook the spaghetti for 2 minutes less than the pkg directions say to cook it. Drain the spaghetti well and transfer it to a bowl. Stir in the ricotta, pesto, 1 cup of the mozzarella, ½ cu. of the Parmesan and the goat cheese.
  3. Toss the mixture well and transfer it to the baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle it with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.
  5. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 15-20 minutes. Turn the oven to broil and broil for 1 minute or until golden (we skipped the broil setting.)
  6. Serve hot!

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Blake McCauley

Monday 26th of November 2018

How many and what size Pesto jars to use?...

Thanks

Kirsten- The Foreign Domestic

Tuesday 21st of February 2012

I featured your recipe today! It was sooo good! Thanks for sharing!

http://www.theforeigndomestic.com/2012/02/from-your-kitchen-to-mine-recipes-26-30.html

Kirsten- The Foreign Domestic

Tuesday 14th of February 2012

This dish looks amazing! Do you mind if I feature you in my new series 100 recipes from 100 blogs? You can read more about it here: http://www.theforeigndomestic.com/2012/01/from-your-kitchen-to-mine-100-recipes.html

Angie @ Bigbearswife

Tuesday 31st of January 2012

Yum! This looks like a great choice! I had the same problem too when I was trying to pick a favorite cookbook for this week haha

Nicole Humphrey Cook

Wednesday 1st of February 2012

So glad I wasn't alone - I am such a fan of cookbooks and while I use them occasionally I don't use them often enough but then deciding which to use... Interesting challenge. haha I cannot WAIT for next week's theme ;)

Karen Hartzell

Monday 30th of January 2012

Looks yummy! Soon enough I will be back on track to link up with some of the weekly themes. They seem so fun!

PS...where on earth is your stumble button on your post, girl??? I want to stumble when I am here reading!!!! :-)

Nicole Humphrey Cook

Wednesday 1st of February 2012

Hey Karen, thakn you so much for the comments and I do hope you plan to join in at some point! The stumble upon button should be in two places - it should be at the top of each post just before the content starts (I think below the title) and then on the left side of the post as you scroll down it will appear in a bar with other buttons on the side. I wonder if it didn't load? Thanks for letting me know, I'll check it out.

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