This Baked Spaghetti recipe is an easy dressed up version of spaghetti perfect for a potluck and the best pasta recipe for bringing in to a family for dinner.  This is an Italian casserole everyone will love! 

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Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce in a casserole

BAKED SPAGHETTI RECIPE

I need to find a new doctor. The one I have now always leaves me feeling confused and frustrated.

I grew up in a house where we didn’t even take Tylenol for headaches and we definitely didn’t go to the doctor unless we were absolutely dying. But over the years I’ve found that about once a year I come down with some sickness that won’t let me ignore it.

I’m pretty forgiving but it’s been one thing after another with this doctor. My last visit put me over the edge.

As I was telling her my symptoms, she wrinkled her forehead, opened her laptop and said enthusiastically, “Hmm. Let’s Google it!”

NOT what you want to ever hear from your doctor. At least excuse yourself to the hallway and then Google it, right?

And then she said, “Hey, look at this. How funny! It says ask your doctor.”

Hilarious. Hi-lar-i-ous.

Is she going to be paying my babysitter? Because I could have felt crappy and done the Google thing at home…for FREE.

Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce in a casserole

I don’t know about you guys but I always struggle with what to bring into families for dinner. I want it to be good but also kid friendly.

I’m always so grateful when my friends bring me meals when I have a baby. What’s even more awesome is when the meal is somewhat kid friendly so I don’t have to make my kids a separate dinner which defeats the whole point of having someone bring a meal in.

This easy Baked Spaghetti recipe is a kid friendly as it gets but has a couple more add-ins that make it nice enough for any occasion.

HOW TO MAKE BAKED SPAGHETTI

  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce, seasoned salt, and Italian seasonings.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, Parmesan cheese and butter. Drain spaghetti and cool slightly; add spaghetti to the egg mixture and toss to coat.
  3. Place half of the spaghetti mixture in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Top with half of the ricotta cheese, meat sauce and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers.
  4. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

WHAT IS IN BAKED SPAGHETTI?

Baked Spaghetti pie has all the ingredients of classic spaghetti (meat, noodles, sauce, cheese) with a few additions like ricotta and egg to bind it all together when it bakes. It’s a comfort food casserole that is hearty and dressed up for a nice Italian dinner.

I know I already have a decadent Baked Spasagna on this blog which is a mix between spaghetti and lasagna, but this Baked Spaghetti with ricotta cheese is more true to traditional spaghetti.

Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce in a casserole

This delicious casserole freezes great and makes enough for a small army. Or 10 hungry adults in my case.

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Baked Spaghetti

4.65 from 37 votes
This Baked Spaghetti casserole is a hearty great meal for a weeknight dinner. Spaghetti noodles tossed with a hearty meat sauce, lots of mozzarella cheese, baked with ricotta cheese in a casserole dish make for a great recipe! This takes regular spaghetti to the next level. Always a crowd pleaser!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 jar, (32 ounces meatless spaghetti sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 16 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot of salted water, cook spaghetti al dente, according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef, onion, and garlic over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce, seasoned salt, and Italian seasonings.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, Parmesan cheese and butter. Drain cooked noodles and cool slightly; add spaghetti to the egg mixture and toss to coat.
  • Place half of the spaghetti mixture in a greased 9x13 baking dish. Top with half of the ricotta cheese, meat sauce and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Serve with garlic bread and a simple salad. Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container.

Notes

Source: adapted from Taste of Home
Cuisine: Italian
Course: Main Course
This Baked Spaghetti is a dressed up version of spaghetti perfect for a potluck or for bringing in to a family for dinner. #baked #spaghetti #italian #dinner #recipe

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