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Program #191
Guest: Jerry Goff


You will need a glass baking pan approximately 9" X 12" X 2"

one (1) box of spaghetti pasta
one (1) pint of Ragu sauce (chunky with onion, garlic, tomato)
one (1) pound of ground beef
one (1) large bag of grated cheese (monterey - colby)
one can of diced tomatoes

Cook the one pound of ground beef. After browning, drain any remaining grease or droppings from the meat.

Cook 1/2 to 2/3 box of spaghetti for approximately 10-12 minutes. When finished drain the spaghetti and cut the spahetti in 2-inches pieces.

Combine the pint of Ragu sauce with your spaghetti - thoroughly mixing to get good coverage over the spaghetti. Then mix in the meat. All ingredients must be mixed thoroughly.

In a baking dish you will begin layering your mixture. On the bottom of the dish you will put 1/2 to 2/4 layer in the bottom of the pan. Before you begin the process spray the dish with Pam to prevent any sticking. The next layer will be your diced tomatoes. Then top the layer with cheese.

You will then begin the process all over again. Place your spaghetti and meat mixture; diced tomatoes; and cheese. Leave room at the top of the bowl for more cheese.

Suggestion: if you have a family member who does not like tomatoes, you may place the tomatoes on half of the layer - leaving 1/2 without tomatoes.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 10 minutes or until you see the top browning.

Cut in squares to serve.



1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups grated sharp cheese
2 (20-ounce) cans pineapple chunks, drained, and 6 tablespoons pineapple juice reserved
1 cup cracker crumbs (recommended: Ritz)
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted, plus extra for greasing pan


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a medium-size casserole dish with butter. In a large bowl, stir together the sugar and flour. Gradually stir in the cheese. Add the drained pineapple chunks, and stir until ingredients are well combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish.

In another medium bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, melted butter, and reserved pineapple juice, stirring with a rubber spatula until evenly blended. Spread crumb mixture on top of pineapple mixture. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Add a liberal amount of cheese, if you are like me.
Jerry adds the spaghetti sauce.
Cooking ground beef.