Easy Baked Spaghetti Casserole

Looking for a simple yet satisfying dish that’s sure to please everyone at the dinner table? Look no further than this Easy Baked Spaghetti Casserole recipe. With its straightforward ingredients and preparation, this comforting casserole is a perfect solution for busy weeknights or leisurely weekends alike.

If it’s your first time cooking a baked spaghetti recipe, this is a good one to try. Easy Baked Spaghetti is the perfect make-ahead meal. This super simple comfort food recipe is something your whole family is sure to love! I’m sure that after you try this recipe, you’ll be making it at least once a week.

What You Will Need

  • 16 ounces dry spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded

Sauce

  • 1 pound ground beef or Italian sausage
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 32 ounces pasta sauce
easy baked spaghetti in 9x13 casserole dish

Your Detailed Step-by-Step Instructions for Easy Baked Spaghetti Casserole


Preparation: Preheat your oven to 350°F. While the oven is heating up, prepare a large pot of salted water to cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions. Meanwhile, chop the fresh parsley and set it aside.

Cook the Spaghetti: Once the water is boiling, add the dry spaghetti and cook it until it reaches al dente texture. This typically takes about 8-10 minutes. Once done, drain the spaghetti and set it aside.

Prepare the Sauce: In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef (or Italian sausage), diced onion, minced garlic and diced green pepper. Break up the meat while cooking until it browns evenly. If there’s excess fat, drain it off.

Simmer the Sauce: Pour the pasta sauce into the skillet with the cooked meat mixture. Add seasonings and stir well to combine all the flavors. Allow the sauce to simmer, covered, for about 5 minutes. This helps meld the flavors together and ensures a rich, flavorful sauce.

Assembling the Easy Baked Spaghetti Casserole

Assemble the Casserole: In a 9×13-inch casserole dish, layer the cooked spaghetti, cottage cheese and chopped parsley, and the prepared meat sauce. Repeat layering until all spaghetti is used. Note: Some prefer to toss everything together until the spaghetti is evenly coated with the sauce. Guess what? Still delicious.

Add Cheese and Bake: Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella over the top of the spaghetti mixture in the casserole dish. Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for 140 minutes, or until the cheeses are melted and bubbly, and the casserole is heated through.

Serve and Enjoy: Once the casserole is done baking, remove it from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving. Garnish with additional fresh parsley if desired. Serve portions of this delightful baked spaghetti casserole hot, and watch it disappear within minutes!

What to Serve with Easy Baked Spaghetti Casserole

Complete your Easy Baked Spaghetti Casserole dinner menu with a refreshing Tomato Cucumber and Onion Salad and freshly baked Dinner Rolls. Of course, garlic bread is always delicious too!

Finish off the night with a no fuss No Bake Cheesecake or a Small Batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies!

How to Store Easy Baked Spaghetti Casserole

After the casserole cools, simply cover the leftovers tightly or place it in an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for up to five days. This recipe also freezes well for up to 4 months.

Conclusion

This Easy Baked Spaghetti Casserole is a true crowd-pleaser that combines the comforting flavors of spaghetti with the convenience of a casserole. Whether you’re cooking for your family or hosting a casual get-together with friends, this dish is sure to be a hit every time!

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easy baked spaghetti in 9x13 casserole dish

Baked Spaghetti Casserole

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This Baked Spaghetti Casserole is so comforting. It's filled with plenty of melted cheese and is the perfect dish for potlucks, family gatherings, or a weeknight dinner.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Equipment

  • 1 9×13 casserole dish

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces dry spaghetti
  • cup fresh parmesan cheese shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 cups mozzarella shredded cheese

Sauce

  • 1 pound ground beef or italian sausage
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 32 ounces Marinara Sauce or Pasta Sauce

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350℉.
  • In a large pot of salted water, cook the spaghetti al dente according to package directions. After pasta is cooked, drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion, garlic, bell pepper over medium heat until beef is no longer pink. Break meat into crumbles and drain.
  • In a mixing bowl, add 2 eggs, parsley, melted butter, and parmesan cheese. Whisk until smooth.
  • Add drained spaghetti to the egg mixture and toss until well coated.

Layer

  • Place half the spaghetti mixture in a greased 13×9-in. baking dish.
  • Top with half of the meat sauce, cottage cheese and mozzarella cheese. Repeat the layer.
  • Cover and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake for 20 minutes longer or until heated through.
  • Let stand for 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 526 calories, 24g fat (13g saturated fat), 127mg cholesterol, 881mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 31g protein.
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