The Best Baked Spaghetti

The Best Baked Spaghetti – easy & delicious spaghetti casserole! Italian sausage, spaghetti sauce, eggs, parmesan, pasta, ricotta, sour cream and mozzarella. Serve with a salad and garlic bread for a restaurant-quality meal. Can make in advance and refrigerate or freezer for later. The whole family loves this casserole!

The Best Baked Spaghetti - delicious spaghetti casserole! Hamburger/Sausage, spaghetti sauce, eggs, parmesan, pasta, ricotta, sour cream and mozzarella. Also makes a great freezer meal!

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I love Baked Spaghetti casseroles. I made this casserole so Chicken Legs would have something to eat while I was in Europe. We ate this for dinner and I cut up the leftovers and froze it for Chicken Legs. This is SO good and super easy to make. You can make this casserole ahead of time and freeze it or refrigerate it until you are ready to serve it.  This is a great dish for a crowd. It will easily serve 10-12 people. Just toss together a salad and some Garlic Roll Cupcakes for a quick and easy Italian feast!

Tips for Making Baked Spaghetti

  • Can use ground beef, ground turkey, or ground pork/sausage or Italian sausage
  • I use thin spaghetti for the pasta, but you can also use vermicelli, spaghetti, thick spaghetti, bucatini, or fettuccine
  • I use three types of cheeses in this casserole – mozzarella, parmesan, and ricotta.
  • Feel free to use any cheese that you like – Italian cheese blend, provolone, asiago, or cottage cheese are good substitutes.
  • My favorite jarred spaghetti sauces are Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara (green label), Rao’s and La Famiglia DelGrosso.
  • You can assemble this casserole ahead of time and refrigerate overnight or freeze for later.
  • To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed below.
  • To reheat after freezing, partially thaw the casserole. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350ºF for 30 to 40 minutes, until warmed throughout.
The Best Baked Spaghetti - delicious spaghetti casserole! Hamburger/Sausage, spaghetti sauce, eggs, parmesan, pasta, ricotta, sour cream and mozzarella. Also makes a great freezer meal!

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This spaghetti is a family favorite. We make it at least once a month. It makes a ton and leftovers taste great reheated. As I said earlier, we serve casserole with some garlic bread and a salad. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this restaurant-quality meal:

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The Best Baked Spaghetti

Yield: 10 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
The Best Baked Spaghetti – easy & delicious spaghetti casserole! Italian sausage, spaghetti sauce, eggs, parmesan, pasta, ricotta, sour cream and mozzarella. Serve with a salad and garlic bread for a restaurant-quality meal. Can make in advance and refrigerate or freezer for later. The whole family loves this casserole!

Ingredients:

  • 16- oz thin spaghetti
  • 1- lb Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 (24-oz) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • cup grated parmesan
  • 5 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 (15-oz) container ricotta
  • 2 Tbsp dried parsley
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Cook Italian sausage in a skillet until no longer pink. Drain fat.
  • Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain.
  • Whisk together eggs, parmesan cheese, and melted butter. Toss with cooked pasta. Set aside.
  • Combine ricotta, parsley and sour cream. Set aside.
  • Combine spaghetti sauce and cooked sausage/hamburger. Set aside.
  • Layer half of pasta mixture, half of ricotta cheese mixture, half of meat sauce and half of mozzarella. Repeat layers.
  • Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes (until cheese is bubbly).

Notes:

Can use ground beef, ground turkey, or ground pork/sausage or Italian sausage
I use thin spaghetti for the pasta, but you can also use vermicelli, spaghetti, thick spaghetti, bucatini, or fettuccine
I use three types of cheeses in this casserole – mozzarella, parmesan, and ricotta.
Feel free to use any cheese that you like – Italian cheese blend, provolone, asiago, or cottage cheese are good substitutes.
My favorite jarred spaghetti sauces are Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara (green label), Rao’s, and La Famiglia DelGrosso.
You can assemble this casserole ahead of time and refrigerate overnight or freeze for later.
To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed below.
To reheat after freezing, partially thaw the casserole. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350ºF for 30 to 40 minutes, until warmed throughout.

Steph

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  1. I didn't have parsley so I used Italian seasoning. Also added Fire Roasted dice tomatoes with garlic, basil and oregano. Amazing!

  2. I really like this recipe. Next time I will make double the sauce and meat…. keep half out to serve with casserole. Can spoon on top. Maybe use all Italian sausage for my husband. That would be 2 jars and 2 lbs of meat.

  3. It sounds like a yummy dish, I'm married to an Italian so would definitely add the minced garlic and the It. seasonings & never skimp on the cheese!

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