My Mom has been making this for years. The recipe calls for ketchup and cheddar cheese but can be made with traditional tomato sauce and your favorite Italian cheese.
INGREDIENTS (for 6 servings):
- 1 pound spaghetti
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cups ketchup
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and reserve.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
In a large skillet, brown ground beef until no longer pink; drain reserving 1 tablespoon of drippings in pan. Set beef aside. In skillet saute onion, green bell pepper and garlic until just soft. Combine browned beef, ketchup, oregano, salt and pepper with onion mixture; mix well.
Pour mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish. On top of mixture, layer pasta and then sprinkle on cheese. Bake in preheated oven until cheese is melted.