Baked Spaghetti Casserole

This easy Baked Spaghetti Casserole is the perfect weeknight meal your whole family will love.  It comes packed full of cheese, hearty meatballs and spaghetti noodles and is done in 30 minutes.

Are you are a family who loves meat, cheese, and pasta, then you need to try this meatball casserole, Parmesan Garlic Butter Noodles, or this Cheese Ravioli Skillet.  These are all amazing, cheesy recipes your family will love.

baked spaghetti casserole in a cast iron skillet. perfect 30 minute meal

Baked Spaghetti Casserole

Do you ever wonder why so many people are always so busy and there is never enough time in the day to even think about dinner?  Well me too, and I am one of those people.  So dinner made with simple ingredients and done in 30 minutes is what I am all about.  This baked spaghetti casserole recipe is perfect for existing in a fast paced world.  Loaded with the comforts of cheese, meatballs and pasta this 30 minute baked spaghetti with meatballs has made life pretty tasty. 

I am not going to lie, working and having a 2 year old is beyond full time work, I give enormous credit to all of you with kids, jobs, husbands, wives, and still have your sanity about you, or not.  Making easy, but delicious meals helps me feel like I am at least keeping it together.  This cheesy baked spaghetti will be the perfect comfort food meal you and your family can sit down and enjoy together.

What is baked spaghetti?

  • Baked spaghetti is a slightly different version of traditional spaghetti.  Instead of dishing the marinara sauce on top of the noodles you bake everything together and serve it out of one pot.
  • Easy baked spaghetti casserole can be made with or without meat.

baked spaghetti casserole with meatballs being served out of a skillet with wooden spoon.

How do you cook baked spaghetti?

  • The key to cooking your baked spaghetti noodles is to only boil them to al dente, keeping them more firm, and not boiling them the full time.  This will prevent the spaghetti from getting mushy when they are added to the sauce and baked in the oven.

How do you make baked spaghetti?

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions, minus 3 minutes to keep noodles firm, drain and set aside.
  2. In a 12 in cast iron skillet over medium heat, sauté onions and garlic for 4 minutes.  Add in precooked meatballs or homemade meatballs, and pasta sauce.  Mix to combine and meatballs are heated through.  Remove meatballs from skillet and set aside.
  3. Pour cooked spaghetti in into skillet and toss to combine with pasta sauce.  Add meatballs back to skillet and place on top of noodles.  Top with cheddar and mozzarella cheeses and bake uncovered for 20 minutes.

This is an easy baked spaghetti casserole that will be a hearty favorite for you and your family to enjoy.  Make it with the meatballs or leave them out, but baking the spaghetti and topping it with lot of cheese will make this a huge hit with the kids.

Can you freeze baked spaghetti?

  • Yes.  Make sure to allow the baked spaghetti casserole to cool then either store it in the pan you cooked it in, if you have room in your freezer, or transfer it to an airtight container.  It will keep in the freezer up to 2 months.

I promise you will love simplicity and deliciousness of this easy baked spaghetti recipe served up hot and bubbling and ready in just 30 minutes.

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Baked Spaghetti Casserole

This easy Baked Spaghetti Casserole is the perfect weeknight your whole family will love. It comes packed full of cheese, hearty meatballs and spaghetti noodles and is done in 30 minutes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword baked spaghetti, baked spaghetti casserole
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 484 kcal
Author Shannon

Ingredients

  • 1 lb frozen cooked meatballs, thawed or homemade meatballs
  • 24 oz garden combination pasta sauce or pasta sauce of choice
  • ½ cup onions diced
  • 2 tbls garlic minced
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ¾ lb spaghetti noodles cooked according to package direction, minus 3 minutes.
  • 1-1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • Fresh chopped parsley to garnish

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions, minus 3 minutes to keep noodles firm, drain and set aside.

In a 12 in cast iron skillet over medium heat, sauté onions and garlic for 4 minutes. Add in precooked meatballs or homemade meatballs, and pasta sauce. Mix to combine and meatballs are heated through. Remove meatballs from skillet and set aside.

Pour cooked spaghetti in into skillet and toss to combine with pasta sauce. Add meatballs back to skillet and place on top of noodles. Top with cheddar and mozzarella cheeses and bake uncovered for 20 minutes.

Garnish with parmesan cheese, and chopped parsley.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Spaghetti Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 484 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 1408mg 59%
Potassium 936mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 83g 28%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 8g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 15.9%
Vitamin C 23.1%
Calcium 27.9%
Iron 17.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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