Cheesy Baked Spaghetti

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This quick and easy cheesy baked spaghetti is packed with Italian flavors and creamy melted cheese. This is my go-to dinner for an activity-packed weeknight and can even be assembled the night before. 

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Easy Kid Approved Baked Spaghetti

My kids inherently love spaghetti which is great since it’s healthy and is relatively quick and easy to make. This recipe was born when my kids started doing different sports and activities after school and I no longer had the time to even wait for water to boil before I had to hop in the car to bring someone somewhere. This baked spaghetti recipe is also my meal train go-to for families who have a new baby and need a meal their older kids will eat without hesitation. 

Baked Spaghetti combines the classic spaghetti and pasta sauce with delicious Italian spices and two kinds of Italian cheese. There are many variations on this recipe once you have mastered it, see the Tips and Tricks section for inspiration.

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To make this recipe, you’ll need:

  • Spaghetti – spaghetti is my go to pasta since it is very filling and classic for a spaghetti bake. When you strain the spaghetti, rinse it immediately with cold water to stop the cooking process and if you want you can coat it in some olive oil to keep the strands of pasta from sticking together. 
  • Pasta Sauce – you can use any brand or flavor of pasta sauce but make sure you use pre-made sauce, not diced tomatoes since tomato sauce has been cooked and enhanced in ways plain diced tomato or tomato puree has not. 
  • Garlic Powder – garlic powder is my go to for a quick hit of the sweetness and intense flavor of garlic without all the peeling and mincing. You can substitute fresh finely diced or pressed garlic for a stronger flavor.
  • Onion – baked onion has a natural sweetness and savory nature that will enhance the flavor of the sauce for this bake. Make sure you dice your onion well so that it distributes into the sauce evenly. 
  • Parsley – parsley has a clean peppery flavor that lifts this spaghetti bake and gives it a fresh hit. I use dried parsley for this recipe but you can use fresh if it’s available. 
  • Oregano – oregano has a very pungent spicy taste with sweet and sour notes. I use it here to enhance the pasta sauce and give the bake a distinctly Italian flavor. 
  • Parmesan Cheese – parmesan is a hard cow cheese that has been aged at least 12 months and has a strong salty flavor. The more expensive parmesan cheeses have been aged longer and have a stronger flavor, use whichever brand and type you prefer. You can use grated or shredded parmesan.
  • Mozzarella Cheese – mozzarella is also a cow cheese but is very soft and has a very mild refreshing taste. I use it here because it is high in fat so it melts very well for the top of our spaghetti bake. 

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, we will use the following method:

  • Mix – Mix the spices, onion, and parmesan cheese into the pasta sauce. In a 8×8 inch baking dish coat the spaghetti in the pasta sauce 
  • Bake- Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the top and bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, the cheese should be bubbly and melted. 
  • Enjoy – Sprinkle some dried parsley on top to garnish and enjoy! 
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Tips and Tricks to Perfect Baked Spaghetti:

Here are some tips and tricks to enhance your baked spaghetti 

Prepare it ahead of time. You can prep this dish ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to 1 day before baking.

Add some meat. For some extra protein, you can add 1 lb of cooked unseasoned ground beef or ground turkey to this dish or 1 lb of meatballs. When I use meat I add it to the sauce with the spices so the spaghetti gets coated in it. 
Top with other fresh herbs. I am partial to parsley but this baked spaghetti also tastes great topped with fresh basil or thyme. Feel free to use fresh herbs in and on this bake if possible for a stronger flavor.

FAQs

Does this freeze well?

Yes, if you are going to freeze it just assemble it as instructed above then double cover it in foil and freeze for 3-6 months. Be sure to write the date, “Baked Spaghetti” and instructions for defrost and reheat on the tin foil with a sharpie. I recommend you let it defrost before reheating then bake as instructed. The texture of the noodles will be affected by freezing but it will still taste great.

What’s the best way to keep leftovers?

After this dish has been baked, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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What to Serve With Baked Spaghetti?

I love to serve this baked spaghetti with, Crunchy Lemon Parmesan Salad , The Best Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipe, Easy Garlic Butter Texas Toast Recipe, Easy Cheesy Garlic Rosemary Bubble Bread.
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Cheesy Baked Spaghetti

This quick and easy baked spaghetti is packed with Italian flavors and creamy melted cheese. This is my go-to dinner for an activity packed weeknight and can even be assembled the night before.
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy dinner, freezer meals, italian dinner, pasta bake, quick dinner, spaghetti, spaghetti bake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 273kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

  • 1 lb spaghetti cooked
  • 1 24 oz. can pasta sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp minced onion
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350?
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine the pasta sauce, minced onion, spices, and parmesan cheese. Stir the mixture until homogenous.
  • Pour the pasta sauce into an 8×8 inch baking dish and mix the spaghetti into the pasta sauce until it is evenly covered in sauce.
  • Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the top of the spaghetti and bake the dish for 35-40 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly.
  • Top the dish with a sprinkle of dried parsley, serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 837mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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  2. Informatika says:

    Will spaghetti taste good when grilled with cheese?

    1. Katherine says:

      By grilled do you mean broiled? I prefer baking it in the oven to get the cheese more evenly heated, but you can broil it if the spaghetti itself is already warm.