Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski | Kitchen Gidget

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.

Baked Spaghetti Photo

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.

Baked Spaghetti Picture

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.

Baked Spaghetti Image

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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Baked Spaghetti Recipe

    10 Servings

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Dry Spaghetti
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Green Pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Season Salt
  • 4 ounces Sliced Mushrooms, (canned), drained
  • 1 14.5 ounce can Petite Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 24 ounce jar Spaghetti Sauce, (see notes)
  • 2 large Eggs, well beaten
  • 1/3 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided (8 ounces)
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese, (4 ounces)
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 13x9 baking dish with non-stick spray; set aside.
  2. Cook and drain the spaghetti according to the package instructions for “al dente.” While the water is boiling for the spaghetti, prepare the sauce.
  3. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef, onion, bell pepper and garlic until the beef is browned and the vegetables are softened, about 7 minutes.
  4. Stir in mushrooms, tomatoes, spaghetti sauce and seasoning salt. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Add drained pasta, beaten eggs and parmesan cheese, stirring to combine.
  6. Add half the spaghetti mixture to baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup shredded mozzarella. Top with remaining half of spaghetti, remaining cup of mozzarella and cheddar cheese.
  7. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown.
  8. Let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing to serve.

 

Notes

  • You can substitute tomato sauce for the spaghetti sauce. Add 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning or season to your taste.

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Author: Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski
Recipe Yields: 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 115
Calories 422

% Daily Value*
22%
Total Fat 14g
28%
  Saturated Fat 6g
14%
Sodium 342mg
14%
Total Carbohydrate 41g
2%
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 4g
52%
Protein 26g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski

About Rebekah

Rebekah is the blogger behind Kitchen Gidget, an all-encompassing food blog dedicated to her Midwestern roots and Hispanic heritage. She adores cheese (who doesn't?!), so we asked her to be our Cheese fanatic. Time to get excited!