Spazone



If your looking to "feed a herd", welp, this is the recipe for you. Inexpensive, very filling, super easy, tasty and goes a longgggg way. Big hit with the kiddo's and you are welcomed to eat it with your hands. Go ahead, give it a whirl. If you love garlic bread and love spaghetti, I can just about GUAR-OWN-TEE you will love this Spazone!

1 loaf Rhodes frozen bread dough or 12 Rhodes dinner rolls, thawed to room temperature
 3/4 package spaghetti, cooked (eye ball it)
1 can spaghetti sauce (Dollar Store finds are just fine)
1 can tomato paste
Shredded mozzerella cheese
Fresh packaged Parmesan flakes (lunch meat isle at grocery store)
1/2 stick melted butter
1 tsp garlic powder (for the melted butter.  I like extra garlic, so I use a lil' more)
Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. minced garlic
parsley flakes
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1 tsp. dried basil flakes
1 small can diced olives (another Dollar Store item)
1 smal can sliced mushrooms


Preheat oven to 375.


Cook the pasta according to directions, set aside.
In a small pot or microwave, melt your garlic butter. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat combine the tomato sauce, tomato paste, olives, mushrooms and seasonings. Heat the tomato sauce over low-medium heat for around 10 minutes.  This will meld all the wonderful extra spices you have added. 
Combine the pasta and sauce, save a little sauce on the side for dipping.

Roll out dough into a rectangular shape, make sure it's not too big to fit on your baking sheet.
Now, before you start your "stuffing" , transfer your dough over to your greased baking sheet.  It can be a challenge trying to move that sucker after you've stuffed it.  So, just stuff it on the baking sheet.

Stuff the middle of the dough with the pasta and sauce. Top the spaghetti with as much mozzarella cheese as you wish. Load it up, don't be skeered!

Slice the right and left sides of the dough into one-inch strips that stop just shy of where the pasta is already resting.

Now, time to braid – fold one piece of the right side toward the left side, then fold the left side toward the right side.  Keep it up until your done.

Take your melted garlic butter and brush over the top of your masterpiece. Sprinkle the top with parmesan (the jarred "stuff" works just fine here)

Bake for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until the dough is lightly browned.

Remove and brush with any left over garlic butter. Serve with some of your reserved sauce!
FYI, this can be pre-made and frozen.  You can make fun personal sized Stuffed Garlic Bread by using the frozen rolls instead of the loaf. Get creative here...and STUFF IT! 







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