Monday, March 21, 2011


Yeya, I won yet another givaway and it's the first day of spring! Thank you Elisabeth @Food and Thrift Finds! Can hardly wait till my book arrives and I can indulge myself into the delicious pages! Thank you again Elisabeth for sharing!

My husband just loves when the spaghetti are all crunched up in the oven. I'm the total opposite, I like my spaghetti smooth and smothered in enormous quantities of yummy sauce (no matter what kind, white, red, pesto...) So I balance, but as I cook It's me who decide which way it will go, bwahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!  I served my pasta with a side of green salad with black beans and some garlic bread.

Spagetti In The Oven on FoodistaSpagetti In The Oven

(for printable recipe click here)

½ green bell pepper, finely diced
5 cloves garlic, sliced to circles
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 zucchini, finely diced
1 tbsp Vegeta (or Dafinka)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp black pepper
2 cups crushed tomatoes
1 cup water
2 cups ground beef
4 tbsp olive oil
Spaghetti style pasta

Into a hot pot, put olive oil, add garlic and garlic. Sweat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat. Add ground beef, Vegeta (or Dafinka), salt, black pepper, and paprika, and cook until beef browns. Add bell pepper and zucchini, and crushed tomatoes, bring to boil, and cook for 10 minutes, so that zucchini become soft. Sauce doesn’t need to be thick because it will continue to cook in the oven.

Cook your pasta half way through- really “al-dente” (pasta will continue to cook in the oven).

Put pasta into a ceramic baking dish, pour over the sauce, stir lightly to combine, and bake in 425*F preheated oven for 45 minutes on lower deck.

Optional: After you pull the baking dish out of the oven, you can sprinkle some (or a lot) shredded Parmesan cheese over the top.

Top of the dish will be crunchy, but when you dig in all the aroma and flavors will come together in delicious perfect bite!



  1. That looks like down home spaghetti. Just waiting on garlic bread to sop up the sauce. Double YUM!!!

  2. Mateja, I hope you don't think I'm a total "jerk"...I just barely posted my new post and to let you know that you're the winner, and then I left in a hurry to go to Costco with my daughter. Now, when I finally opened my blog, and was going to contact you, You already saw it, before I even announced it to you.
    I'm so happy that you are the lucky winner, just before midnight, I checked last more comments, so I did the #to generate the number, and yours came up.
    Congratulations, and I know you will love the book. Sheila was also the food writer for the Sunday Parade magazine for several years. I love all her recipes!
    Pleas contact me by e-mail to give me your name and address to ship it to.(your address is stricktly confidential,)

    BTW-I absolutely love your crunchy baked spaghetti, and the the yummy ingredients, are so comforting, and satisfying. If it was up to me, I would use paprika to add to just about every hearty dish, just like you did!
    Enjoy the book!

  3. Mateja, your pasta looks really delicious! I never bake it this way, but for sure will try it soon because we loveeee pasta. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh yea Congrats on the are lucky woman..come with me next time I play lottery LOL!

  5. Pasta makes such a great meal! This one looks fabulous! I like to bake leftover spaghetti into a casserole, it makes it so easy! Yay for winning the give away!

  6. I love this recipe, sounds interesting, delicious and filling :)

  7. Mateja, this spaghetti dish sounds yummylicious! I love that you baked it with all those goodies in there... delish!

  8. Mateja, I did not hear from you re: where you want me to send your giveaway book, please contact me at which is my e-mail address, so I can follow through...thanks!

  9. Mateja,
    Congratulations on winning the giveaway! Your spaghetti looks so good, even with the crunchy parts!

  10. Thank you all for wonderful comments!
    Elisabeth: I'm off to send you my address! Thank you again, I'm so excited for the book!
    Have a great day all!

  11. Great combo and looks so delicious!
    Congratulations on winning the giveaway!

  12. Mateja, what a wonderful entree...this would be perfect for a big group of teens (instead of the standard pizza delivery!). I know I'd enjoy it, too!

    Congrats on your win :)

  13. Mateja, Congratulations on your win! Pasta is one of my favorite dishes and baked spaghetti is my favorite. This looks wonderful and so does that cheesecake! Have a good weekend.

  14. this looks superb filling meal
    for the tamarind rice i haven't used the mix packages depending on what is in there adjust the spices
    If you enjoy tamarind you will not regret making this rice

  15. Thank you for wonderful comments and have a great weekend girls!
    Torviewtoronto: Thank you for answering my question! I will try it for sure now :)

  16. This looks yummy! I can honestly say I've never had spaghetti from the oven before... I'll have to try it!

  17. Never tried spaghetti in the oven. I'll have to give this a try.