Hey party peeps! May is my birthday month and guess what? I’m STILL celebrating! That’s right..it’s fiesta time and tonight for dinner, I’m making this yummy Southwest Baked Spaghetti! I make Baked Spaghetti for my family frequently and give it a little extra kick, I’m putting a southwest spin on it by adding RO*TEL diced tomatoes & green chilies. I love to substitute plain canned diced tomatoes with RO*TEL tomatoes to give my recipes it a southwest flavor. It’s a great way to add a spicy twist to some of my recipes.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: If your family doesn’t like spicy, then you can substitute the mild version of the RO*TEL canned tomatoes.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED
To make this yummy Southwest Baked Spaghetti, you’ll need these ingredients:
– 1 lb. ground beef
– 1 28 oz. can RO*TEL original or mild diced tomatoes & green chilies (or 2 single size cans)
– 1 jar marinara sauce
– 1 8 oz. pack shredded Monterey Jack cheese
– 1 8 oz pack shredded Mexican four cheese blend
– 1 box of linguini
– 1 tsp season salt
– 1 tsp garlic powder
– 1 tsp cumin
– 1 tsp coriander
– salt & pepper to taste
HERE’S HOW TO MAKE SOUTHWEST BAKED SPAGHETTI
LET’S MAKE THE MEAT SAUCE
STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brown the ground beef in a deep pan. Add garlic powder and season salt to the ground beef while it’s browning. When fully browned, drain off the oil.
STEP 2: Add the RO*TEL diced tomatoes, the jar of marinara sauce, season salt, garlic powder, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper to the pan. Stir and simmer on low for 20 minutes until hot.
NOW LET’S COOK THE PASTA
STEP 3: Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add salt to the water and stir. Add the entire box of linguini to the boiling water. Cook according to the package instructions until done. Drain.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: Put a lid on your pot to bring the water to a boil faster.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: To keep the cheese on top from getting too brown, lightly cover the pan with aluminum foil for the first 10 minutes. Then remove the foil and continue to bake an
additional 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and the sides are bubbly.
HAVING A PARTY?
I love making this for parties too! Instead of assembling your baked spaghetti in one 9×12 pan, use individual sized baking dishes instead. That way each guest has their own portion and there’s no need to scoop some out for everyone which can sometimes get messy.
PLUS…how fabulous does this look displayed on a Modern Fiesta Tablescape? Seriously cute! CLICK HERE to see the full post on this table design.
HOW DO YOU FIESTA IN MAY?
Do you have fun plans? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear what you do and for more fiesta inspiration click here. Visit your local Walmart and try RO*TEL diced tomatoes in your recipes this May to kick it up a notch and add a spicy bold flavor.
CHECK OUT MY RECIPE FOR SOUTHWEST CHILI + AWESOME CHILI BAR!
Want more ideas on how to Fiesta in May? Check out my MODERN FIESTA CHILI BAR featuring my recipe for Southwest Chili! You’ll love this modern take on a Mexican Fiesta!
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