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Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta

For out last get together I made this delicious Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta. This is an appetizer that shrimp fans will love. In our family this is one of our most favorite recipes. It's so delicious!

You can go with a baguette instead if you would like bite sized portions, but it is hard to beat a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread. The baguette slices will get much crunchier so if you prefer that mouth feel, you can go with a baguette. A fresh French bread would also work great. Enjoy!


Baked Spaghetti with Crispy French Fried Onions



There are many baked spaghetti recipes out there. What got my attention about this recipe from Salad in a Jar was that it has two interesting components. First, a layer of cream cheese and sauteed vegetables which gives it a creamy and delicious flavor. Second, this casserole is topped with French Fried Onions during the last 5 minutes of baking, which adds crunch and flavor.

I was a little unsure of how this would turn out, but everyone loved it. Please be sure not to let the onions burn on top. Note: I have also made this casserole using leftover spaghetti which I had made the night before with a meat sauce. I used an extra jar of sauce, plus the leftovers, and it also turned out delicious. Enjoy!

Baked Spaghetti with Crispy French Fried Onions
Makes an 9"x13" casserole

  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 large jar spaghetti sauce (26.5 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper 
  • ⅓ cup chopped onions
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Fresh grated Parmesan cheese (I subbed grated cheddar cheese)
  • French-fried onions (small can)

1. Cook spaghetti according to directions on the package. Cook to al dente, drain and set aside.

2. Brown ground beef. Drain excess grease. Add spaghetti sauce to skillet and heat.

3. Combine onions, peppers and butter in a saute pan and cook until softened.

4. Add cream cheese and milk to vegetables and stir well. (If cream cheese is not soft, nuke it for 20-30 seconds to make it easy to spread.)

5. Using a lightly greased 9" x 13" baking dish, assemble in the following order: thin layer of spaghetti sauce, cooked spaghetti, cream cheese/vegetable mixture, remaining spaghetti sauce, Parmesan cheese (amount subject to your own taste)

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Top with french-fried onions and continue baking 5 more minutes. (This is the secret ingredient–don’t let them burn.)

http://www.salad-in-a-jar.com/family-recipes/scooters-spaghetti


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