Easy Baked Spaghetti Recipe

This easy baked spaghetti recipe is sure to become a family favorite! It’s kid-friendly, quick, has a meaty sauce, and uses basic ingredients the whole family will love.

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This easy baked spaghetti recipe is a Drake family favorite. I’m pretty sure most moms have their own version of this great recipe that they make on a regular basis. It’s got a lot of things going for it…it’s easy, pretty quick, hearty, has simple ingredients, and usually there are leftovers. When my kids were home, I knew I could make this and everyone would eat it. No one complained! All I needed was this baked spaghetti casserole with some garlic bread, and we were ready to eat.

Why This Recipe Works

I’ve been making this dish for so long that I honestly don’t remember how I came up with it. It’s certainly not anything complicated, but sometimes those types of recipes turn out to be the best. Kids love this because there are no weird ingredients, and it’s not spicey. I love using fresh basil when I have it in my garden, and it’s wonderful in this easy baked spaghetti recipe. I chop up about 6 – 8 leaves and throw it in. It adds freshness and a little color.

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Ingredient Notes + Tips

  • Ground turkey or Italian sausage can be substituted for the ground beef.
  • Additions: ricotta cheese, Italian seasoning, black olives, chopped onions, red pepper flakes, green peppers, sliced mushrooms, or oregano.
  • Penne, shells, elbows, spaghetti noodles, or whole wheat pasta can be substituted for the rotini.
  • Store this delicious casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave.
  • For a classic comfort food dinner, serve this spaghetti with a Caesar salad, romaine and apple salad, or fresh fruit. Don’t forget the garlic bread!
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How To Make

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a large pot of salted water, cook the pasta according to package directions.
  • Drain pasta.
  • In the same large pot, cook the ground beef until it is no longer pink.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. Drain or pat off any excess fat/grease.
  • Pour the pasta sauce into the pot of ground beef.
  • Stir and add chopped fresh basil if desired.
  • A little at a time, add the cooked pasta to the sauce/beef mixture.
  • (You want plenty of sauce because the pasta continues to cook as it bakes.)
  • At this point you can put the pasta/sauce mixture into a casserole dish or keep it in the cooking pot.
  • Top with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
  • Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until bubbly around the edges.
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A One Pot Dinner

  • In a dutch oven, cook the pasta. Empty into a colander.
  • In the same dutch oven, cook the ground beef.
  • Add the pasta or marinara sauce.
  • Top with mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  • Bake.

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Can you double this recipe?

Yes! It works well if you need to feed a crowd. A double recipe fits in a 9 x 13 pan, and bakes very evenly. You may need to increase the baking time a little. This baked spaghetti is done when the cheese is melted and it’s bubbling around the edges.

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Easy Baked Spaghetti

This easy baked spaghetti recipe is sure to become a family favorite! It’s kid-friendly, quick, and uses basic ingredients everyone will love.
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Servings: 6 servings
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 24 oz. jar of your favorite tomato/spaghetti sauce (can use more if desired)
  • 12 oz. rotini pasta
  • 1.5 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a large pot, cook the pasta according to package directions.
  • Drain pasta.
  • In the same large pot, cook the ground beef until it is no longer pink.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. Drain or pat off any excess fat/grease.
  • Pour the spaghetti sauce into the pot of ground beef.
  • Stir and add chopped fresh basil if desired.
  • A little at a time, add the cooked pasta to the sauce/beef mixture.
  • (You want plenty of sauce because the pasta continues to cook as it bakes.)
  • At this point you can put the pasta/sauce mixture into a casserole dish or keep it in the cooking pot.
  • Top with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
  • Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until bubbly around the edges.

Nutrition

Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 912mg | Potassium: 761mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 752IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 4mg
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