Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bobby's Lighter Baked Spaghetti

Monterey Jack is an American semihard cheese made using cow's milk. It is commonly sold by itself, or mixed with Colby to make a marbled cheese known as Colby-Jack (or Co-Jack). Cheddar-Jack varieties are also available. 

In its earliest form, Monterey Jack was made by the Mexican Franciscan friars of Monterey, California, during the 19th century. California businessman David Jack sold the cheese commercially. He produced a mild, white cheese, which came to be known as "Jack's Cheese", and eventually "Monterey Jack".

A common misspelling is "Monterrey" Jack, presumably in confusion with the Mexican city of Monterrey.

Most of the softer types generally found in American markets are aged for only one month, while another variety of Monterey Jack is aged for up to six months. A type found in Spain is aged for about one year.

An aged version of this cheese, known as Dry Jack, can be churned or grated and used much like Parmesan cheese. Dry Jack was originally created by accident in 1915 when a San Francisco cheese wholesaler stored and forgot a number of wheels of fresh Jack cheese. When shipments of hard cheese from Europe were subsequently interrupted as World War I intensified, he rediscovered the stored Jack, which had become a well-aged hard cheese his customers found to be a good substitute for classic, aged hard cheeses such as parmesan.

Another version called pepper jack mixes hot peppers with Monterey Jack. Pepper jack is often used as an alternative cheese in dishes such as quesadillas, but can be eaten with bread or crackers as a snack. Other versions are flavored with garlic or pesto, though they are less common than pepper jack.

Because of its low content of tyramine, an organic compound thought to be associated with headaches, it is frequently recommended as one of the few cheeses that is safe to eat for migraine sufferers.

I adore the Deen brothers as much as I adore Paula Deen. Awesome family! This dish was so good. Spaghetti happens to be one of my favorite meals.

Bobby's Lighter Baked Spaghetti
Recipe adapted from

1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
6 ounces whole wheat spaghetti pasta
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup water
1 (14.5 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 (8 oz ) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well.

In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and bell pepper, cook about 2 to 3 minutes. Add water, stirring occasionally, cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Add sausage, breaking meat up with a spoon, until browned, about 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, season salt, pepper, oregano, basil and garlic powder, bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, cook about 15 minutes.

Combine shredded cheddar cheese and monterey cheese.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray.

Add pasta to pot, tossing well to combine. Spoon half the pasta mixture into casserole. Sprinkle half the cheese. Spoon the remaining pasta mixture. Sprinkle remaining cheese. Bake until filling hot and cheese is melted, about 15 to 20 minutes. Enjoy!

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  1. This dish looks really tasty. And with those 2 types of cheese in there, it must be absolutely delicious!

  2. This is fantastic Christine. I saw Bobby on the Chew one day. Not sure we get his show here in Canada though. Our version of the food network is terrible compared to yours.

  3. This dish looks really good, my wife will love it.

  4. I adore these two brothers. They create low fat recipes, opposite to their mother. Love this baked pasta with fire roasted tomatoes.

  5. Christine this looks really tasty. I have never watched Bobby's show, not sure why. I will have to look out for it though. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.s

  6. Interesting information on Monterey Jack, glad to pop in here and learn something new! This is a great recipe,delicious ingredients and serves up in one dish. Thanks for sharing this one Christine!

  7. Looks great! I would love to try if I can get this kind of cheese here:)

  8. This looks like great comfort food. I think my mom would like it! I have not seen the Deen bros show yet. I will have to catch up online. Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful week!

  9. Yummmm. I loved anything with baked cheese on top! Looks delish

  10. I love both jack and pepper jack cheeses. This dish looks amazing!

  11. My family would love to dig into this for dinner. YUM!

  12. What a yummy dish! I love what Bobby is doing with his mom's's like eating Paula's food but, a healthier version. It doesn't get better than that!

  13. Looks wonderful! What time is dinner? ;.)

  14. This looks tasty, I have never thought about making baked spaghetti with other cheeses. I will have to check out the Deens brothers! Thanks for sharing :)

  15. I've never made baked spaghetti, but I imagine this is the bomb--savory, a little spicy and totally satisfying.

  16. I adore pasta and I enjoy eating all kinds of spaghetti recipes. Thanks for sharing the information about the Monterey Jack.

  17. This looks like a great mid week dinner. I have never attempted to bake pasta but all of the dishes I see, including this one, look delicious!


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