8 ounces spaghetti
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
6 ounces (1 1/2 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese
8 ounces ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups spaghetti sauce
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 ounces (1/2 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese, optional
Cook spaghetti according to package directions (al dente). Drain and return to pan (remove from heat though!). Add butter and stir until butter is melted. Add remaining pasta ingredients, stirring to combine. Spread pasta-cheese mixture in the bottom of a greased 8-inch square baking dish.
Brown ground beef with the garlic. Drain grease and return to pan. Add pepper, spaghetti sauce, and Italian seasoning. Stir well and then pour over the pasta, spreading evenly. Sprinkle cheese on top if desired.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until top cheese is browned and spaghetti is bubbly.