Baked Spaghetti

This Baked Spaghetti recipe is an easy dressed up version of spaghetti perfect for a potluck and the best recipe for bringing in to a family for dinner. 

Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce in a casserole

This Baked Spaghetti is an Italian casserole everyone will love!

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.

I know I already have a decadent Baked Spasagna on this blog which is a mix between spaghetti and lasagna, but this is more true to traditional spaghetti.Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce in a casserole
This Baked Spaghetti freezes great and makes enough for a small army. Or 10 hungry adults in my case.

If you love this, you’ll love this Baked Ziti.

Baked Spaghetti
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins

This Baked Spaghetti is a hearty and easy casserole for a weeknight Italian dinner.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 10 servings
  • 1 package (16 ounces spaghetti)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion , chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic , minced
  • 1 jar (32 ounces meatless spaghetti sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 5 tablespoons butter , melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 container (16 ounces ricotta cheese)
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  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; add spaghetti to the egg mixture and toss to coat.
  3. 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.
  4. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
Recipe Notes

Source: adapted from Taste of Home

This Baked Spaghetti is a dressed up version of spaghetti perfect for a potluck or for bringing in to a family for dinner.

And if want some other great meals to bring into families, try these:


Taco Lasagna


 Oven Baked Chimichangas

poppy-seed-chicken-inside Poppy Seed Casserole





Speak Your Mind



  1. You definitely need a new doctor. Ask friends for a referral, or find some other doctor review site then make an appointment for a well check-up so you have already established care then on the occasions you do come down with something it will be easier to get in.

    Oh, and you baked spaghetti looks great.

    Good luck.

  2. Karen Steinberg says:

    I see Dr. Darice Weigel at Cleveland Clinic. She is in a separate building by the Weston Post Office. I find that she pays attention to what I say. I have been seeing her for a few years now. Her number is 954-349-1111. I find her to be caring and attentive. So sorry you are not feeling well.

    Karen Steinberg

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Thank you!! I’ve asked all of my friends and none of them like their doctor. So nice to chat with you here! Christy

  3. I constantly have to remind myself that doctors are only “practicing medicine” I think we put too much faith in them because they have the “DOCTOR” title! Yup, “I have to google that”…..ummmm yah, that would have set me over the edge. Pray about it sister! And eat lots of this delicious baked spaghetti!

  4. This looks AMAZING, we would love this dish here!! So great. And that is the funniest story about your doctor. Scary!

  5. I am seriously questioning why I have never heard of this dish before. It sounds AMAZING and just the sort of thing I’d enjoy.

    I he you get your new doctor sorted and feel better soon =)

  6. It looks delicious..I have been dreaming about baked spaghetti for a while.. 🙂

  7. OMGGGGGG. I am dying. DYING! It sounds like something that would happen to me.

    And this spaghetti is totally happening here for dinner.

  8. Love Baked Spaghetti!

  9. I am so sorry you have a bad doctor. A friend once told me, “What do they call a medical student who graduated with a C average?” “A doctor.” “What do they call a medical student who graduated with an A average?” “A doctor.” It’s hard to find the A doctors sometimes! 🙂 I hope you find a better option soon.
    This meal looks yummy. Do you think I could make this in the morning and cook it later in the evening? We’re having another baby in October, and I’m making a list of make-early-in-the-day-so-when-my-newborn-needs-to-nurse-at-5pm-dinner’s-done meals. 🙂 Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      That’s so funny! I’ve never thought about it that way.

      You could definitely prepare this in the morning or the day before and make it in the evening. And it freezes well! Congrats to you and your upcoming baby. You’re super prepared. You’re making me look bad. 🙂

  10. Christy,
    My husband loves his homemade spaghetti on white bread. His sister used to eat it that way too. I never could see the appeal but I’m wondering if this recipe might be suited to my whole family. So we could all enjoy spaghetti. Something about noodles and bread in the same bite that I couldn’t get into. : ) But I respect his taste. He makes a mean sauce. LOL!
    Anyway does the egg make it rather solid or does it just serve to hold it together lightly? ‘

    Re: doctors. I finally found one that at the end of the appt., stops and says, “Is there anything else you’d like to talk about?” And then he waits me out. : ) He took a long time to find. I had one that would say, “So what kind of drugs do you want today? Penicillin?” I’d come in for a sore throat that persisted. The jerk didn’t even look down my throat far enough to see there was like a canker sore or something along those lines that was causing the pain. (not to be gross — sorry) Never went back to him. Sometimes it’s discouraging how much you have to shop around until you find someone not only competent but compassionate as well. Good luck.

    I’m anxious to get your cookbook in the next few weeks. I just LOVE your recipes.
    Deb M.

  11. This is such a crowd pleaser. It’s easy on the Mom’s too. AND it does make a wonderful pot luck dish.

  12. Great idea – I must try! xo

    Aliona |

  13. Instead of finding a new doctor, look for a nurse practitioner. We’re better at the holistic view of medicine and our bedside manner is even better! JMHO though…

  14. I totally feel your pain! I’ve been going to my doctor for 3 yrs. I took my daughter in for her chicken pox vaccine and my dr introduced herself to me!! I was like yes I’m your patient too! I had been in there two weeks before!

  15. I’ve never thought about baking spaghetti but seeing it so pretty with all that cheese piled high is definitely opening my mind 🙂 looks awesome!

  16. I liked this, but I think next time, I will leave out the ricotta and just add Parmesan or more mozzarella. And also, it makes a ton, so I will have to have a leftovers night.

  17. I made the baked spaghetti tonight and it was amazing! No changes were needed. My DH had 3 helpings! and my kids ate better than they have in a long time! We just paired it with French bread and butter. This meal will be a staple in our home now 😉 Thank you so much for sharing!

  18. Thank you for the recipe. I grew up on normal meat sauce and noodles and as an adult I hate it! After my roommates moved out of state I had 4 bags of spaghetti sitting in my pantry. Tried this last night, however, I didn’t use eggs and used vegetarian meatballs I cut into halves. My boyfriend loved it. I’ll be making it again for the family come Friday! 🙂

  19. Would it still work if I omitted the beef to make this vegetarian?

  20. Oh YUM! This looks so good. I think I am going to have to make this soon 🙂

  21. My daughter chose this recipe to make for her girl scout cooking badge! She is excited, and is cooking it as I type this. Can’t wait to try it tonight (and the marshmallow chocolate mousse she is making.)

  22. Egg allergies here… thoughts about just eliminating egg. Would recipe hold together well enough?

  23. This recipe looks delicious! I’m planning on dividing it into two 9in baking pans and freezing one for later. Should I defrost this completely before baking, or just put it into the oven frozen? Thanks!

  24. Elenir Cezimbra says:

    I tried your recipe Baket Spaghetti and it turned out to be delicious!! Keep up the good work! I will surely trie more of you recipes!!!

  25. Christi Wilson says:

    I was curious to know if you have found a particular brand of “meatless spaghetti sauce” that is your personal preference for your baked spaghetti? Your recipes look amazing.

    Thanks. Christi

  26. Can this be frozen and cooked later? I am expecting my first child this spring and this looks like a great freezer meal to prep!

  27. Lindsey Thayer says:

    Hello! This recipe sounds delicious! I am getting married in September and my soon to be mother-in-law will be making baked spaghetti for our rehearsal dinner. She asked me to find her a recipe and yours sounds perfect with the exception of the ricotta cheese. My fiancé and his family along with some of our bridal party do not like ricotta (crazy, I know!). Do you have any suggestions of what to replace it with? I am not a fan of cottage cheese in my spaghetti so I don’t want to go that route but I would still like it to be very cheesy.

    P.S. Your doctor sounds awful! How frustrating!

    • Shoot. What about cream cheese? Congrats on your wedding!

    • Gloria Billings says:

      I just want to comment that I love hearing that a family member will be cooking the food for a wedding rehearsal dinner. How refreshing to see others try to keep the ridiculous cost of weddings down to a realistic level by thinking about good places to hold down costs. Most people love good home cooking and even prefer it to restaurant food, if given a choice. I encouraged a lady I know to do this and also make food ahead for the wedding reception dinner. She found some dishes that would freeze well; then friends had a relatively simple job of getting pans into the oven and putting together a basic green salad. It was so much less expensive and everyone loved it. Catered meals can be left to the “rich and famous.” If you think about each part of the wedding and how you could reduce costs, you could create a beautiful wedding with wonderful memories and no burdensome debts. Use your hard-earned money for saving for a house or an education. Best wishes to you, Lindsay Thayer. I realize you’re married by now but maybe this comment will be helpful to other engaged people.

  28. The baked spaghetti was really good Thanks for sharing the recipe. I used Prego spaghetti sauce and found it to be a bit sweet. Next time I would look for a sauce with less sugar. Definitely a keeper!

  29. Thank you for sharing this easy and super yummy recipe. I just made this for dinner and oh my, it’s a winner! Both my fussy boys and their Dad each ate three helpings! Since one of my boys is not a fan of tomato sauce, I used a jar of Alfredo sauce instead which worked wonderfully. I served it with a side of steamed broccoli and cauliflower for extra fiber and vitamins. Everything was devoured. Will be making this again. Thanks again for sharing. 🙂

  30. Do you cook the baked spaghetti and then freeze it Or freeze it and then bake it

  31. DELICIOUS! I used cottage cheese, less thank 2 cups of mozzarella, and 3 tablespoons of olive oil instead of butter to make it healthier but it is still rich and hearty and comfort-food-perfection. Thank you

  32. I made this recipe with spaghetti squash tonight and it was better than real spaghetti! Relish! Thank you!!

  33. I’m trying the baked spaghetti (vegetarian version) for my daughter’s track team finale dinner tonight. It looks great. I’d love to see how it tastes, but I’m not sure there will be any left after feeding the hungry teens. Thanks for the recipe.

  34. Oh my was this a hit with my friends . NY sister can’t stop raving about it I served it for my gals card club. Fabulous .
    I will make it stead of lasabna!! I did use much more sauce of my own with spinach.
    Thank you

  35. This was great! I consider this a fine alternative to lasagna. My picky eater went back for seconds and that says a lot!😀

  36. Love your baked spaghetti! My very favorite! I have made several of you’re recipes! Thanks!