Baked Spaghetti

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Baked Spaghetti- this hearty baked pasta dish is a family favorite! The spaghetti is layered with a meaty sauce, lots of cheese, and baked until bubbly. Don’t forget the garlic bread!

Baked Spaghetti

Pasta is on our dinner menu almost every single week. We are always mixing it up, but we have our favorites. My boys love Spaghetti and Meatballs, what kid doesn’t? They also love Baked Spaghetti, especially when garlic bread is served on the side. It is a regular dinner at our house!

This baked spaghetti recipe is similar to lasagna, but it comes together in a lot less time. Spaghetti noodles are layered with hearty meat sauce, a creamy ricotta mixture, and lots of mozzarella cheese. Bake until the cheese is golden and bubbly.

This is such a cozy and comforting recipe. It makes a great weeknight meal or is a good dinner to serve guests when you are entertaining.

It is also a good meal to take to loved ones who are grieving or just had a baby. It’s a classic dinner that everyone loves and it reheats well too. Leftovers are the best!

Baked spaghetti recipe

Baked Spaghetti Ingredients

All of these ingredients come together in one pan to create the most amazing pasta dinner!

  • Spaghetti– you can use regular spaghetti noodles or gluten-free pasta.
  • Ground beef or Italian sausage– this dish works well with ground beef or Italian sausage. You can also use ground turkey. If you want a vegetarian option, you can leave out the meat and add in sautéed veggies or roasted vegetables.
  • Olive oil– for sautéing the onion and garlic.
  • Onion– onion adds great flavor!
  • Garlic– every Italian dish needs garlic.
  • Marinara sauce– you can use our easy marinara sauce, slow cooker marinara sauce, or use your favorite jarred sauce. Rao’s is our favorite.
  • Diced tomatoes– I add in tomatoes with the marinara sauce for more tomato flavor and to make sure the spaghetti isn’t dry.
  • Herbs & Spices– dried basil, oregano, and a dash of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Cheese– you will need ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese! The three cheese combo is amazing!
  • Egg– mix the egg in with the ricotta cheese!
  • Fresh basil– for garnish!

How to Make Baked Spaghetti

Let’s get this pasta party started!

  • First, cook the spaghetti to al dente, according to package instructions. Don’t over cook it or it will be soggy after baking in the oven. Drain. If the noodles are going to be sitting for several minutes, you can drizzle a little olive oil over them and toss so they don’t stick together.
  • Cook the ground beef or sausage. Drain off excess fat and set aside.
  • Cook the onion in the olive oil until translucent. Add the garlic and cook just until fragrant.
  • Add the marinara sauce, tomatoes, basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Turn to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Stir the cooked beef or sausage into the sauce.
  • In a small bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, egg, and Parmesan cheese.
  • Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and assemble the baked spaghetti. You are going to layer the noodles, sauce and cheese!
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and the cheese is melted and starting to brown. Don’t cover it with foil. You want the cheese to get brown and a little crusty.
  • Remove from the oven and garnish with extra Parmesan cheese and fresh basil, if desired.
  • Cut into squares and serve warm. It’s ok if some spaghetti slurping happens. It’s all part of the fun!
Easy baked spaghetti recipe

What to Serve with Baked Spaghetti

Here are a few side dishes that pair well with baked spaghetti.

And if you want to finish your meal with dessert, I highly recommend my flourless chocolate cake or skillet chocolate chip cookie.

How to Store Baked Spaghetti

Let the spaghetti cool and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The leftovers are always a hit at our house! My boys will eat this one every night:)

You can also freeze the baked spaghetti for up to 3 months in a freezer container. Thaw and reheat.

baked spaghetti on plate

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Baked Spaghetti

Baked Spaghetti- this hearty baked pasta dish is a family favorite! The spaghetti is layered with a meaty sauce, lots of cheese, and baked until bubbly. Don't forget the garlic bread!
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 1 lb lean ground beef or Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 ounces marinara sauce
  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • Extra parmesan cheese and fresh basil, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cook the spaghetti to al dente, according to package instructions. Drain and set aside. If the noodles are going to be sitting for several minutes, you can drizzle a little olive oil over them and toss so they don’t stick together.
  • Place the beef or sausage in a large skillet and cook over medium heat. Break up with a wooden spoon while cooking. until browned and no longer pink. Drain off excess fat and transfer to a plate that has been lined with paper towels. Set aside.
  • In the same large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the marinara sauce, tomatoes, basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Turn to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir the cooked beef or sausage into the sauce.
  • In a small bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, egg, and Parmesan cheese.
  • Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place half of the cooked spaghetti noodles on the bottom of the pan. Pour half of the meat sauce over the noodles.
  • Spoon the ricotta cheese mixture over the sauce and use a spatula to spread it in an even layer. Top with ¾ cup of the shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Add the remaining spaghetti and then the rest of the sauce. Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and the cheese is melted and starting to brown. Remove from the oven and garnish with extra Parmesan cheese and fresh basil, if desired. Cut into squares and serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 436kcal, Carbohydrates: 53g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 91mg, Sodium: 780mg, Potassium: 834mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 827IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Calcium: 261mg, Iron: 4mg

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. If I have a ricotta-hater in my household, could I replace the ricotta with bachamel sauce like I do in regular las-Gina, or would that be too runny or make the noodles mushy?

    1. I haven’t tried it. It might be a little runnier, but if you mix it with the meat instead of layering it, it might be fine. The meat will thicken it up. Some people use cottage cheese instead of ricotta.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was a HUGE hit! I had some cooked ground beef with veggies in the freezer and I used a jarred sauce so it came together in a snap! Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    This looks amazing!! Do you think I can assemble this ahead of time and then cook in the oven several hours later? I like to prep dinner during my daughter mid day nap. 🙂

  4. Can’t give a star rating. This was just wrong from the get go. Proportions are way off. One pound of hamburger for is 13×9 pan? I used one pound of hamburger, a large bottle of marinara and did not use the canned tomatoes. I cooked in an 8 x 8. Why is there ricotta cheese in this recipe? Is this a lasagna wannabe? One cup of ricotta with one egg was way to loose. Had to add a lot more. Just okay. Won’t make again.