Baked Spaghetti & Cheese Casserole

Baked Spaghetti and Cheese Recipe – he took one bite and said this was better than any mac and cheese I’ve made! Spaghetti, Monterey Jack cheese, flour, dry mustard, milk and eggs – just whisk it all together and bake. Easy side dish or could even be a meatless main dish!

Baked Spaghetti and Cheese Recipe - he took one bite and said this was better than any mac and cheese I've made! Spaghetti, Monterey Jack cheese, flour, dry mustard, milk and eggs - just whisk it all together and bake. Easy side dish or could even be a meatless main dish!

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I am always on the lookout for new side dishes. so we don’t get tired of the same old things. I came across this Baked Spaghetti and Cheese recipe in one of my old Southern Living cookbooks and decided to give it a whirl. WOW! I am so glad I found this recipe. It was delicious! Chicken Legs said this was so much better than traditional macaroni and cheese.

This is super easy to make and it doesn’t require making a white sauce. Just mix everything up and pour it over the spaghetti and cheese in the pan. Feel free to mix up the cheeses. I think cheddar or gouda would be fabulous! You can also add chicken, ham, or broccoli and turn this side into a main dish!

Baked Spaghetti and Cheese Recipe - he took one bite and said this was better than any mac and cheese I've made! Spaghetti, Monterey Jack cheese, flour, dry mustard, milk and eggs - just whisk it all together and bake. Easy side dish or could even be a meatless main dish!

This easy mac & cheese has been on repeat at our house. We’ve been making it non-stop. It is great with just about everything – chicken, pork, burgers, hot dogs, steaks – anything! Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this cheesy pasta casserole:

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Baked Spaghetti and Cheese

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Baked Spaghetti and Cheese Recipe – he took one bite and said this was better than any mac and cheese I've made! Spaghetti, Monterey Jack cheese, flour, dry mustard, milk, and eggs – just whisk it all together and bake. Can add chicken, ham, or broccoli. Easy side make-ahead dish or could even be a meatless main dish! Give this a try ASAP!

Ingredients:

  • 16- oz spaghetti, cooked and drained
  • 3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • cup milk
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • paprika

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • Place half of the cooked spaghetti in the pan. Top with half of cheese. Repeat layers.
  • Combine flour, salt, dry mustard and pepper in a large bowl. Whisk in 1 Tbsp of milk (this will keep the lumps out). Add remaining milk and eggs, whisk until well blended.
  • Pour over spaghetti mixture. Dot with butter and sprinkle with paprika.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, or until set.

Notes:

  • I used Monterey Jack cheese. Feel free to mix up the cheeses. I think cheddar or gouda would be fabulous!
  • You can add chicken, ham, or broccoli and turn this side into a main dish!
  • Can Baked Spaghetti & Cheese be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the casserole and refrigerate until ready to bake. You may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if baking cold straight from the oven.
  • Can Baked Spaghetti & Cheese be frozen? Yes! Assemble the casseorle and cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze. When ready to bake, thaw and bake as directed.
    • You can also freeze the baked casserole. Cook the casserole and cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze. When ready to serve, thaw and reheat covered in the oven or in the microwave.

Steph

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  1. Is the milk mixture supposed to be covering the spaghetti after you get done pouring it over it?

    1. I am not comfortable making recommendations for allergies. I am not a doctor. Please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  2. Could you add cooked crumbled sausage or hamburger to make more of a meal… would the rest of the instructions be the same?

  3. I can't wait to try this. We worked outside of New Orleans for a couple of years and one of the ladies we ordered lunch from had this kind of spaghetti as a side with fried chicken and it was so good! I have been trying to find a recipe for it and I think I just did…thanks!

    1. Funny. Because I had this sort of baked spaghetti with fried chicken at a little diner in New Iberia, about a hundred miles southwest? of New Orleans. Brenda’s Diner or Brenda’s Kitchen. This was about 5 years or so ago & I’ve been thinking of it ever since. Finally attempting to make it on my own. It’s in the oven right now & I’m keeping my fingers crossed that mine is half as good as what I had at Brenda’s.

  4. My mother used to make macaroni & cheese with spaghetti when she was out of elbow macaroni. We always thought it was a treat.

  5. Mine was a little too milky tonight. Do you think it would be a problem to reduce the amount of milk?

  6. I was expecting to see the usual "baked spaghetti", never even thought about something like this as a side dish but it sounds great! Noted!

  7. I recently had a a similar dish at a "home cooking" style restaurant and I ate mine and most of my husbands too! I was thrilled to see your recipe only a few days later…. Grating cheese right now!!

  8. This looks soooo good! My son doesn't like mac and cheese, but I think he may like this, especially using the Monterey Jack cheese. We'll give it a try 'cause I KNOW I'm going to like it!! Thanks for sharing!

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