This recipe comes from the January/February 2012 issue of the Food Network Magazine. I’m eating some as I type this up and it is really good but I bet it will be even better tomorrow after it sits in the fridge for a day. It isn’t hard to make but it is time consuming so if you’re going to make this for dinner some night, give yourself about 2 hours. I made it today for my family because I am flying to my parent’s house in Illinois tonight to be with them for my dad’s open heart surgery on Thursday. He had a heart attack right before Thanksgiving so they are going to fix him all up! The blog will probably be pretty quiet for the next couple of weeks while I am back there. I’m sure I’ll be doing some cooking but don’t know if I’ll have the time to be blogging. Any good thoughts and/or prayers you might care to send our way would be greatly appreciated!
2 cups canned diced tomatoes (I used a 14.5 oz can)
2 cups tomato sauce (or 2 8 oz cans)
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper (forgot to get this at the store and didn’t want to go back for it)
2 cloves garlic, chopped (or pressed)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (left this out)
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
2 small bay leaves
1 1/2 pounds hamburger
8 ounces angel hair pasta (I used spaghetti)
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
1 Preheat oven to 350.
2 Combine tomatoes, tomato sauce, 1 cup water, onion, bell pepper, garlic, parsley, Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, garlic powder, seasoned salt, sugar and bay leaves in stockpot. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat and let simmer, covered, 1 hour.
3 Cook hamburger over medium high heat until fully cooked and no pink color remains. Drain fat, then add to stockpot and simmer for 20 more minutes.
4 Meanwhile, bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions.
5 Cover bottom of 3 quart baking dish with 1/3 of sauce. Add 1/2 of pasta, the 1/3 of each cheese. Repeat layers, ending with sauce. Bake for 30 minutes. Top with remaining cheese and continue to bake until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 5 more minutes.