Baked Spaghetti Casserole – Fun and Tasty!

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Baked Spaghetti Casserole was whipped up with what I had on hand. Imagine that. 😁 Some days you just have to change things up a bit to fit what you have in your pantry. I was out of lasagna noodles, but had plenty of spaghetti. I hopped on the net to see if there were any recipes for lasagna using spaghetti noodles as a substitute and how best to proceed with it. There was and this is what I came up with according to my ingredients. This recipe is basically a cross between spaghetti and lasagna and is put together like a casserole. It’s so good it’s now a family favorite!

Baked Spaghetti Casserole - A Fun and Tasty Twist on Lasagna! | Culinary Craftiness

Don’t let the number of ingredients scare you! This comes together quicker than it sounds and the taste is worth every minute of the prep time.Β πŸ™‚

Baked Spaghetti Casserole

Ricotta, parmesan, and cottage cheeses mixed with eggs.

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Boil the noodles as directed on the package. Drain well.

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Look at all that yummy shredded mozzarella!

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Stir it all together and spread into a greased baking dish.

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Bake until set and slightly toasted around the edges. The outside pieces are Jimmie’s favorites. The insides are my faves. 😊

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Brown the ground beef.

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Here’s my scrumptious recipe for Easy Italian Bolognese Sauce. You’ll want to start it early or make it the day before. It makes a big batch that’s perfect for freezing half for the next spaghetti or lasagna supper.

Or add jarred sauce if you don’t feel like making it from scratch. We love Mid’s the best!

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Baked Spaghetti Casserole - A Fun and Tasty Twist on Lasagna! | Culinary Craftiness

Baked Spaghetti Casserole

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

Serving Size: 1/12

Baked Spaghetti Casserole

Created by Melissa Woolard | Culinary Craftiness

Ingredients

  • 24 oz. spaghetti noodles
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella or Italian cheese blend
  • 8 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 16 oz. cottage cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 heaping tsp. jarred minced garlic or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 jar (32 oz.) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 lb. ground beef

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350Β°. Cook spaghetti in boiling, salted water according to package directions to al dente consistency. Drain well.
  2. In a large bowl, mix eggs, cottage cheese, ricotta, shredded cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, basil, and oregano. Add cooked spaghetti and mix well. Pour into 9” x 13” or larger baking dish/pan sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with foil and bake 25-30 minutes. Spaghetti casserole should be lightly browned on top and not runny.
  3. While spaghetti casserole is baking, brown ground beef. Drain off fat then add pasta sauce and simmer. Cut the spaghetti casserole into squares and top with meat sauce. Sprinkle top with more Parmesan cheese, if desired.
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Happy eating!

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About Melissa

Melissa is a wife, mother, family cook, and romance novelist. The very first thing she learned in the kitchen was how to scramble eggs in an old cast iron skillet at the age of five. Her great-grandmother put her on a step-stool at the stove and thus began her passion for whipping up great tasting foods.

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