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Best Baked Spaghetti Recipe Ever

Hello everyone! I’m not joking when I say that today’s recipe is the best baked spaghetti I’ve ever had.

I grew up eating baked spaghetti as it was one of my moms favorite meals to make.

While her baked spaghetti is really good I made a couple of changes that I think took it up a notch.

One of these changes was swapping out ground beef for Italian sausage.

Italian sausage is the best thing that’s ever happened to my baked spaghetti.

It took a good tasting dish to amazing with just a simple change!

This baked spaghetti recipe is easy, big on flavor and is a meal the entire family will love!

This delicious meal can be on the table in just a little over an hour.

That makes it the perfect weeknight meal for busy moms like myself!

best baked spaghetti

I’ve made baked spaghetti many times in the past but my husband has never raved about it until now.

That was all thanks to the Italian sausage.

Italian sausage is the way to go when making spaghetti as it has so much more flavor.

Once I tasted it I couldn’t believe I’ve been making baked spaghetti all these years with ground beef.

There’s just no comparison.

The other change was not using jarred spaghetti sauce.

I used canned San Marzano peeled tomatoes and a small can of tomato sauce.

I prefer this over using spaghetti sauce because you can flavor it the way you want to whereas the jarred spaghetti sauce is already flavored with different spices.

The only thing I added was a little Worcestershire sauce.

The sausage contains all the spices I want in the sauce.

Best Baked Spaghetti Recipe Steps

Brown the sausage over medium high heat.

I like to get to the stage where it starts to caramelize a bit.

When that happens add the chopped bell pepper diced onion and continue to cook over medium heat until the veggies are slightly softened.

Italian sausage with bell pepper and onion

Now add the tomatoes, tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce.

Use a spatula or wooden spoon to break up the tomatoes.

Bring it to a slight boil over medium heat then reduce heat to low and simmer for a bout 20 minutes to allow the flavors to come together.

Italian sausage with tomatoes

While the sauce is simmering boil the spaghetti.

Boil it to just before al dente.

Since the spaghetti is going to bake in the oven when don’t want to overcook it and end up with mushy spaghetti.

Drain the spaghetti and add it to the sauce.

Then pour the spaghetti into a casserole dish.

spaghetti in casserole dish

Top with shredded mozzarella cheese.

Bake it in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

baked spaghetti in casserole dish

Let cool for a few minutes and cut into squares and serve!

baked spaghetti on white plate

What I liked best about this recipe is that my kids loved it!

It’s so important for me to make meals that my whole family likes and with two picky kids it can be hard.

So I’m definitely going to keep this recipe in rotation.

You may also like this easy pizza recipe.

Best Baked Spaghetti Ever

This delicious baked spaghetti is super easy to make and is the perfect weeknight meal for when you don’t have a ton of time to prepare dinner.

It also makes for amazing leftovers!

baked spaghetti on white plate
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Best Baked Spaghetti Recipe Ever

This is the best baked spaghetti recipe you’ll ever try!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 606 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 16 oz spaghetti
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 28 oz can San Marzano peeled tomatoes
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Brown the sausage in a skillet over medium heat. Once cooked add the bell pepper and onion and continue to cook until slightly softened.

  2. Drain sausage on a paper towel lined plate. Then transfer to a pot and add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a slight boil over medium heat then reduce to low and let simmer for about 20 minutes.

  3. While the sauce is simmering boil the pasta to just before al dente. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce.

  4. Pour the spaghetti into a casserole dish and top with shredded mozzarella cheese.

  5. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

  6. Cut into squares. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Best Baked Spaghetti Recipe Ever
Amount Per Serving
Calories 606 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 1061mg46%
Potassium 638mg18%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 670IU13%
Vitamin C 25.3mg31%
Calcium 344mg34%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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