Mediterranean Spaghetti – A familiar taste with a twist! There are two yummy layers of sauce on this spaghetti casserole. A ground beef sauce with a hint of cinnamon and another layer of creamy sauce made with feta cheese and nutmeg.
I’ve been making this for years. It originates from Cooking Light – 1998. okay, I really have been making it for years! I didn’t realize it was from 1998 until I googled it….jeesh, someone is getting old! When I made it the other night, my daughter said it reminded her of her childhood…eee gads, she would have been 8 when I first made it. Yikes!
Notes: I used ‘Thin Spaghetti” but regular will work as will Angel Hair. You can substitute ground turkey or ground chicken for the beef very easily. This takes 3 pots to make: 1 for the beef sauce, 1 for the feta sauce and 1 for the pasta but don’t let that stop you! Once you make this and see how easy and quickly it comes together you will make it time and time again!
Looking for another comforting casserole recipe? Try Eula’s Sunday Casserole!
- ½ pound lean ground beef
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ cup dry red wine
- ¼ cup water
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes, undrained
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups 1% low-fat milk
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs, divided
- Cooking spray
- 4 cups cooked spaghetti (about 8 ounces uncooked pasta)
- Fresh oregano sprigs (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the first 4 ingredients, and sauté 5 minutes. Add the wine and next 6 ingredients (wine through tomatoes). Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until thick.
- Combine the flour, milk, and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg in a medium sauce-pan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and cook for 7 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove milk mixture from heat. Stir in feta cheese, 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, and egg.
- Sprinkle 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs in a 2-quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Place 2 cups spaghetti in casserole, and top with 2 cups beef mixture and 1 cup sauce. Repeat layers.
- Combine 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese and 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs, and sprinkle over the casserole. Bake casserole at 375° for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 5 minutes. Garnish with fresh oregano, if desired.