Southwestern Baked Spaghetti

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Southwestern Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Southwestern Baked Spaghetti Recipe - great make-ahead dinner! Baked spaghetti loaded with ground beef, chili seasoning, diced tomatoes and green chiles, spaghetti sauce, corn, peas, French fried onions, and cheese. We loved every single bite! Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later. All you need is a salad and bread and dinner is done! Everyone cleaned their plate!
baked spaghetti on a fork

Easy Baked Spaghetti Recipe

This Southwestern Baked Spaghetti is one of our favorite weeknight meals. It is super easy to make and tastes great! Ground beef, chili seasoning, diced tomatoes and green chiles, spaghetti sauce, corn, peas, French fried onions, and cheese. We loved every single bite! It was so good that we ate it leftover for lunch the next day. It was equally delicious!

baked spaghetti with corn and peas in casserole dish

How to Make Southwestern Baked Spaghetti

This Southwestern Baked Spaghetti Casserole is super easy to make. Start by browning the ground beef. While the beef is browning, get the pasta going. Once the ground beef is cooked, drain the fat and place in a large bowl. Combine the cooked meat with some Rotel tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, chili seasoning, corn, and peas. Drain the cooked pasta and add to the ground beef mixture. Transfer to a baking dish and top with cheese and French fried onions. Pop it in the oven and you are done.

If you aren't a fan of green peas or corn feel free to change them out for some mushrooms and/or green bell peppers. I used cheddar cheese in this casserole but any cheese will work great. You can also swap the ground beef for ground turkey.

Can I Make Baked Spaghetti in Advance?

You can make this Southwestern Baked Spaghetti in advance and refrigerate until ready to bake. Take the casserole dish out of the refrigerator and preheat the oven. You may need to add 5 or 10 minutes to the baking time when baking straight out of the refrigerator. 

Can I Freeze Baked Spaghetti?

This Southwestern Baked Spaghetti makes a great freezer meal! I will sometimes split the casserole between two pans. I will bake one and freeze the other one for later. To bake after freezing, thaw completely in the refrigerator and follow the baking directions below.

baked spaghetti with corn and peas on a fork

What to Serve With Southwestern Baked Spaghetti

We loved this yummy Southwestern Baked Spaghetti. The flavors were great and it was easy to make. You don't need a lot of side dishes to go with this spaghetti casserole. We usually just make a simple salad and some rolls. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this easy Southwestern Baked Spaghetti:







baked spaghetti on a fork
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baked spaghetti with corn and peas in a casserole dish
spaghetti casserole on a fork
baked spaghetti casserole on a fork



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Entree
American, Tex-Mex
Yield: serves10 to 12

Southwestern Baked Spaghetti Recipe

prep time: 15 minscook time: 40 minutes total time: 55 mins
Southwestern Baked Spaghetti Recipe - great make-ahead dinner! Baked spaghetti loaded with ground beef, chili seasoning, diced tomatoes and green chiles, spaghetti sauce, corn, peas, French fried onions, and cheese. We loved every single bite! Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later. All you need is a salad and bread and dinner is done! Everyone cleaned their plate! #casserole #pasta #groundbeef #freezermeal #makeahead

ingredients:

  • 12-oz spaghetti
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 (1.75-oz) packet chili seasoning
  • 1 (14.5-oz) can diced tomatoes & green chile’s
  • 1 (24-oz) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 (10-oz) package frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 (10-oz) package frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1 (3-oz) package French fried onions
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  3. In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef until no longer pink. Drain fat.
  4. In a large bowl, combine cooked ground beef, chili seasoning packet, diced tomatoes and green chiles, spaghetti sauce, corn, and peas. Add cooked pasta and stir until combined. 
  5. Pour spaghetti mixture into prepared pan. Top with French fried onions and cheese.
  6. Bake uncovered for 40 to 50 minutes.

NOTES:

Can substitute ground turkey for ground beef.
Can make in advance and refrigerate overnight. You may need to add 5 or 10 minutes to cooking time.
Can assemble casserole through step 5 and freeze. To bake from frozen, thaw completely in the refrigerator and bake as directed above.
I used a can of Del Monte diced tomatoes and green chiles.



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Mini Taco Spaghetti Pies
Overnight Chicken Tetrazzini
Cajun Sausage, Chicken & Spinach Pasta
Instant Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta
Million Dollar Chicken Alfredo

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS:
Deep Dish 9x13-inch Baking Dish
Non-Stick Skillet
Pasta Serving Spoon


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  1. I made this and used fettuccine since that was what I had on hand and it worked. Easy to make and taste good!

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