Winner winner spaghetti dinner! Why have regular old spaghetti when you can have BAKED spaghetti!
This hearty baked spaghetti is a potluck classic. It’s chock full of veggies and cheese, and will feed a crowd!
Sure you can mix spaghetti and sauce together and call it a day, but magic happens when everything bakes together like lasagna or Beef and Cheese Manicotti.
Don’t get me wrong, I still love recipes that can be ready in 20 minutes like easy Pasta with Ricotta, but this is worth it and keeps the house cozy to boot!
First things first, you need to cook the spaghetti. Water takes a while to boil, so start that right away, then move on to the sauce.
The hearty meat sauce consists of ground beef, onions, garlic, green pepper, mushrooms and tomatoes.
What I love most about this is how customizable it is.
If you don’t like mushrooms, leave them out.
If you don’t have green pepper on hand, it will still be tasty without.
Make it double meat with chopped peperoni.
Got another vegetable you want to add? Do it!
The sauce is seasoned with seasoning salt. But don’t limit yourself to “regular” seasoning salt.
Right now my favorite is a spicy Cajun mix. I also love using a mix I bought for seasoning steaks and hamburgers. It adds flavor to everything!
Use your favorite spaghetti or marinara sauce for this recipe. You can also use plain tomato sauce if that’s all you have. Just add extra spices and some Italian seasoning.
Mix that all together with your cooked spaghetti, parmesan cheese and two beaten eggs. The eggs will help bind the spaghetti as it bakes.
Place half the spaghetti mixture in a 13x9 pan, then sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. This helps bind everything as well, but it also ensures there’s cheese in every bite.
Layer the rest of the spaghetti and top with a mixture of mozzarella and cheddar cheese.
You can use just one cheese or another, but I love the gooey melty-ness of the mozzarella along with the sharpness of the cheddar.
The whole dish is covered and baked, then the foil is remove and it’s baked a little longer until the cheese is bubbly and turning golden.
Let it cool 5-10 minutes, then slice and serve!
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