pasta baked into bread. is that even legal? dear God i hope so- because i'm so guilty.
this is another Pinterest find. if/when i get fat i'm going to figure out a way to sue Pinterest. because it's their fault...not my lack of self control.
Now, you'll need to plan ahead just a bit. This recipe calls for a thawed loaf of Rhodes bread Dough & it takes 6-8 hours for the bread to thaw at room temp.
Braided Spaghetti Bread (adapted from Rhodes bake-n-serve blog)
1 loaf Rhodes Bread Dough, thawed to room temp
6 oz spaghetti cooked (i used angel hair)
1 cup thick spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup cooked italian sausage or cooked hamburg (optional)
8 oz mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2 in cubes
2 tblsp butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
Directions: Pre heat oven to 350° Lay out a large sheet of parchment paper (do it. don't even both trying to go sans the paper. i'm 99% sure you'll make a mess when trying to transfer) & roll your loaf out into a 12x16 rectangle. Cover with plastic wrap & let it rest while you get everything else ready (10 min or so)
Cook your spaghetti (or angel hair) according to directions & drain. Mix in the tomato sauce & italian sausage/hamburg (optional) & let it cool slightly while you continue to prepare.
Cut your block of mozzarella into chunks.
Melt the butter in a microwave safe dish & stire in the minced garlic & a few shakes of basil. Uncover the dough & using a pastry brush, brush a little more than 1/2 of the butter mixture onto the dough.
Now spoon the spaghetti lengthwise in a 4-inch strip down the center of the dough- top with the mozzarella chunks.
make cuts 1 1/2 inches apart on the long sides of the dough to within 1/2 inch of the filling.
Start braiding by folding the strips towards the filling- braid left over right, right over left, etc etc- all the way down.
Finish the ends by pulling the strips over & tucking under the braid
Then brush the remainder of the garlic butter all over the top of the bread. Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese, a little more basil & some garlic powder. I also added smoked paprika.
Slide the parchment paper to a large baking sheet & bake in your pre heated oven for 30 min- until golden brown. Let it rest for about 5 minutes & then slice to serve.
(here's an iPhone pic of the leftovers)