1 lb Organic Ground Meat (Turkey, Beef, Chicken or Lamb)
2 tsp Olive oil
1/2 Cup finely chopped onions
1 finely chopped garlic clove
1/2 lb (or 8oz.) Spaghetti Noodles
1 Jar Pasta Sauce 24 oz. (or homemade spaghetti sauce)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese (+2 tbsp for sprinkling on top at the end)
2 Tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (+1/4 cup for sprinkling on top at the end)
3/4 cup small curd cottage cheese (or ricotta)
***Please note you can use an Alternative to Cow's Milk Cheeses in recipe with Vegetarian/Soy or Almond Cheese blends available.
Heat in frying/saute pan on medium heat:
Stir gently until heated through, not carmelized though.
Then stir in:
Meat and cook over medium high until done (until no pink in meat remains). Season to taste with salt and pepper (optional).
Then stir in Pasta Sauce and heat until bubbly, turn down to simmer. (See picture below)
Cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions until al dente and drain. (can be prepared earlier in day and refrigerated) Put noodles into a Large Round Baking Dish (a deep pie dish). Set aside.
**Note: You can also use 2 small pie dishes if you don't have a Large Deep dish and then have one to eat and one to freeze and bake another time or 1 to share. If you do 2, just distribute noodles and egg/cheese/meat mixture evenly between them both.
Mix into a bowl (pourable bowl if available):
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Cottage cheese (or ricotta)
Pour this mixture over the noodles in pie dish. Mix it really well and press down as this will be the crust. (see above)
Spoon on and gently spread the meat sauce mixture over the crust and to finish off, sprinkle with the final mozzarella and then parmesan. (see below)
Bake in 375 degree oven for approx. 30 minutes or until slightly browned cheese (like a pizza), some bubbling around the edges and it is set. Let rest about 10 minutes and then cut and serve. Add a Salad and French bread for a great complete meal!