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Baked Spaghetti and Nerds

Baked Spaghetti and Nerds - Single Serving
Baked Spaghetti and Nerds - Casserole Dish
(With NERDS on top.)

Calories 547 (27% from fat)
Fat 16 gram
Saturated Fat 7 gram
Trans Fat 0 gram
Cholesterol 109 mg.
Sodium 1030 mg.
Carb. 61 gram
Fiber 7 gram
Sugar 17 gram
Sugar Alcohol 0 gram
Protein 37 gram

(WithOUT NERDS on top.)

Calories 517 (28% from fat)
Fat 16 gram
Saturated Fat 7 gram
Trans Fat 0 gram
Cholesterol 109 mg.
Sodium 1030 mg.
Carb. 54 gram
Fiber 7 gram
Sugar 10 gram
Sugar Alcohol 0 gram
Protein 37 gram

Ingredients


16 cups water

1 box (13.25 oz.) whole wheat spaghetti
(We used Mueller's 100% Whole Grain Spaghetti.)

2 Tbsp. lowfat butter, melted
(We used I can't believe it's not Butter! the LIGHT one.)

2 whole large eggs

1/3 cup parmesan cheese, shredded

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 pound 96% lean beef
(or vegetarian beef replacement)

1 green bell pepper, chopped

2 cups sweet onion, chopped

1 jar (24 oz.) pasta sauce
(We used Classico Four Cheese Pasta Sauce.)

1/2 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. savory (chubritsa, merudia) spice
(Yes there is a spice just called SAVORY.)

olive oil spray

1 container (15 oz.) fat free ricotta cheese

2 cups part-skim mozzarella cheese, grated

4 Tbsp. Nerds candy


There's a video called Getti Spaghetti. It features a Tik Tok star named Getti making a very unusual dish. We prepared it the way she suggested but found the spaghetti noodles didn't cook well in the middle of the meat and the baking time was far too short. However, Getti's idea of adding Nerds candy to bring out the flavor was inspired. So we made this easy baked spaghetti recipe with nerds.

You can prep everything the day before, cover it and store it in the refrigerator until the day you want to cook it. Just make sure if you take it out of the refrigerator, to set it on the counter to warm up for 20 minutes before putting it in the oven.

If you don't want to use beef, you can substitute vegetarian options like impossible or beyond beef in this recipe. You can also skip the Nerds topping and sprinkle basil over the top when you're done.

1. Heat 4 quarts (16 cups) of water in a large pot to a rolling boil. Add the spaghetti and stir it gently until all the strands sink beneath the water level. Stir again to make sure they’re not stuck together and bring back to a boil.

2. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook spaghetti for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Pasta releases starch as soon as it starts to cook. You have to stir it while it’s cooking to separate the pieces.)

3. While the pasta is cooking, whisk together the butter, eggs and parmesan cheese in a large mixing bowl.

4. When the pasta is done, drain the water. Then put the spaghetti into the bowl with the egg mixture. Toss or use tongs to mix the spaghetti into the egg mixture, so it’s thoroughly coated. Set aside.

5. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil, beef, bell pepper and onion. Cook the beef and veggies, breaking up the meat into crumbles, for 6-8 minutes. Once the onion is tender and the beef is no longer pink, it’s ready.

6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

7. Drain the beef mixture and stir in the pasta sauce, salt and savory spice. Remove from the heat and set aside.

8. Lightly coat a 13x9 baking dish with olive oil spray.

9. Put half the spaghetti in the bottom of the pan. Then put half the ricotta cheese on top of that.

Baked Spaghetti and Nerds - Step 9

10. Top with half the meat sauce, about 2.5 cups.

Baked Spaghetti and Nerds - Step 10

11. Put the remaining spaghetti over the top of the meat sauce.

Baked Spaghetti and Nerds - Step 11

12. Put the remaining ricotta cheese on top of that.

Baked Spaghetti and Nerds - Step 12

13. Cover with the remaining meat sauce and level it out.

Baked Spaghetti and Nerds - Step 13

14. Spread the mozzarella cheese next.

Baked Spaghetti and Nerds - Step 14

15. Sprinkle the Nerds candy on top.

Baked Spaghetti and Nerds - Step 15

Baked Spaghetti and Nerds - Nerds Package

16. Cover and bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Uncover and bake for another 20-25 minutes, until cheese browns, and it’s heated through.

Baked Spaghetti and Nerds - Baked

17. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving, then cut and serve. These portion sizes may seem like a lot; you can always divide them into more servings.

Yield: 8 Servings


Baked Spaghetti and Nerds

Baked Spaghetti and Nerds - Casserole Dish

This is a Freezer Friendly Recipe!

You can freeze individual portions for easy re-heating later.

Microwave on high for approximately 4-4.5 minutes. Keep the container open a little to allow steam to escape.



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