Spaghetti Casserole

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This Baked Spaghetti Casserole is a wonderful mixture of pasta, cheese, and an easy meat sauce. A couple of eggs get mixed in and they help the casserole hold it’s shape. Always a family favorite.

Slice of casserole on a white plate.

 

I love to serve this with a green salad with Creamy Italian Dressing and Pepperoncini Garlic Bread. A combination of Parmesan cheese, tons of mozzarella cheese, and cottage cheese makes this casserole so, so cheesy.

Spaghetti Casserole Recipe Tips:

  • Add at least a few teaspoons of salt to the pasta water. Otherwise your pasta will taste bland and boring.
  • Don’t be turned off by the cottage cheese. It gives a wonderful creaminess but you won’t be able to tell there is cottage cheese in it. If you really object to cottage cheese, you can use ricotta cheese instead.
  • You can use Angel Hair pasta instead of spaghetti if you wish.
  • Depending on what else you are serving, you should get 8 to 12 servings.
  • This recipe makes a huge amount and leftovers reheat well. They will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.

Spaghetti Casserole in a blue baking dish

 

  • This recipe freezes well so if you want you can divide it into 2 smaller portions in square baking dishes and freeze one.

How To Make This Dish Spicy?

If you want it spicy, add 1/2 a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes.

Slice of Baked Spaghetti Casserole on a plate

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Slice of casserole on a white plate.

Spaghetti Casserole

Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked spaghetti, pasta
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 565kcal
This Baked Spaghetti Casserole is a wonderful mixture of pasta, cheese, and an easy meat sauce. A couple of eggs get mixed in and they help the casserole hold it's shape. Always a family favorite.
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Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) box spaghetti
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 1/2 (24-ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups small curd cottage cheese
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  • Cook spaghetti to al dente in a large pot of salted water. Drain.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, cook ground beef and onion, crumbling the ground beef as it cooks.
  • When there is no more pink in the ground beef, add garlic and cook 1 minute.
    If there is a lot of grease, drain it off.
  • Add seasoned salt and spaghetti sauce and stir. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, melted butter and Parmesan cheese. Add the pasta, Italian seasonning and black pepper and mix well.
  • Place half the spaghetti mixture in the prepared baking dish. Top with half of the sauce, then half the cottage cheese and half the mozzarella.
  • Repeat layers.
    Cover with foil. (Spray the underside of the foil with cooking spray so that the cheese will not stick to it.)
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
    Remove foil and bake 20 more minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes and then cut into squares.

Nutrition

Calories: 565kcal

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