texas spaghetti bake
By: Thomas M. Ciesla
Preparation time: 2 hours
In a large saucepan, combine tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, water, wine, onion, garlic, parsely, oregano, sugar and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and then simmer, covered, for an hour. Reserve some sauce for later.
Crumble beef in a large skillet and cook until fully browned. Add beef to sauce and simmer for 20 minutes.
Cook pasta till aldente.
Cover bottom of 9 x 13 inch baking dish with a thin layer of sauce. Then alternate with layers of pasta, cheese and sauce, packing down somewhat firmly. Last layer should be sauce. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Uncover, layer with slices of mozerella and cook for 5 more minutes uncovered.
Wine: try a Cabernet or Merlot