Baked Spaghetti Casserole Recipe

Baked Spaghetti Casserole is a spin on a classic dish: red meat sauce layered with spaghetti noodles and lots of gooey cheese. It is perfect for feeding a crowd or save half of the dish for dinner another night.

baked spaghetti casserole recipe

Baked Spaghetti Casserole

This Baked Spaghetti Casserole is a family favorite and so easy to make on a busy night.

Everyone will love the classic comfort of spaghetti – red meat sauce, warm spaghetti noodles, and lots and lots of gooey cheese – all layered together in a simple 9×13″ baking dish.

Baked SpaghettI: a Good Make-ahead dinner

Got a busy week?

Make this dish a day or two in advance, keep covered in the fridge, and pop it in the oven when it’s getting close to dinner time.

For this recipe, you start out with a package of spaghetti.

Recently our family made the switch to whole wheat pasta (which works great for this recipe!), but any kind of pasta will do.

You will also need 1 jar of your favorite meatless spaghetti sauce (I’ve been on a Prego kick lately, but any kind will work).

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Ground Beef vs. Ground Turkey

I also used a lean ground beef in this recipe, but ground turkey will work perfectly as well. I have found that ground turkey can be subbed for ground beef in almost any recipe (this one included).

Another option would be using ground Italian sausage in place of the ground beef – I love using sausage when I make spaghetti and think that it would be delicious in this dish.

Cottage Cheese Substitute (Ricotta Cheese)

Many of our readers have asked what they can use in place of cottage cheese in this recipe.

I like using cottage cheese in this recipe because of the extra moisture that it provides, but many of our readers have done a swap with ricotta cheese and LOVED the outcome.

I also like using cottage cheese because it has fewer calories and it is usually an ingredient I always have in my fridge.

However, I love ricotta cheese in lasagna and feel that it would be a great substitute in this dish. If you try it, please leave a comment below and let us know how it worked!

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Other add-ins for this Baked Spaghetti recipe (mix it up!):

  • zucchini
  • green bell pepper pepper
  • chopped spinach
  • frozen peas
  • red onion
  • pepperoni slices
  • black olives
  • red bell pepper
  • cooked chicken and alfredo sauce in place of the spaghetti sauce and ground beef

spaghetti casserole baked in the oven and served on plate

How to Bake Spaghetti Casserole and Freeze

If you want to make this dish as a freezer meal, make sure that you use a freezer-safe dish and follow all of the same directions until it says to bake the casserole.

At that point, make sure that you top the dish with foil (or the included lid – you just want to keep it from getting freezer burned) and place it in the freezer.

I would recommend that you eat the dish within 30 days.

When you are ready to bake the casserole, remove it from the freezer 24 hours in advance and place it in the fridge to thaw (otherwise you are going to have to add 1-2 hours to your baking time and you might end up with some overcooked noodles).

You can then just follow the regular baking directions and your family and friends will rave about the delicious meal you prepared.

Perfect side dishes for Baked Spaghetti:


Serves: 12

Baked Spaghetti

10 minPrep Time

60 minCook Time

1 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 1 (16 ounce) package spaghetti noodles
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 (26 ounce) jar meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 5 Tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 4 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese


  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain grease.
  2. Stir in the spaghetti sauce and seasoned salt; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, Parmesan cheese and butter. Drain spaghetti; add to egg mixture and toss to coat.
  4. Place half of the spaghetti mixture in a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Top with half of the cottage cheese, meat sauce and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers.
  5. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 20-25 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.



11750 cal


264 g


1931 g


572 g
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81 Responses to “Baked Spaghetti Casserole Recipe”

      • I have been baking left over spaghetti for a long time by just adding some additional butter and cheese on top. I usually start the spaghetti warming in oven while I grate the cheddar cheese, when I put on the cheese I cover top for 30 mins or maybe longer then uncover for additional 15 mins. To get the "baked" effect you will need it to bake at least this long. I like the edges to get a little crispy. :)
  1. Amanda Napolitano
    I am so happy I found this recipe here! I couldn't find it on All Recipe's website anymore and this is my favorite one! It is so good! I omit the cottage cheese and use more sauce, the 26oz jar didn't seem to be enough the first time I made this, but it was a HUGE hit! I had a group of friends over when I made this and they loved it. The guys couldn't get enough! Sent leftovers home with everyone :) Very good recipe!
  2. Samantha Doss
    I found this recipe on Pinterest. We made it without the cottage cheese and it turned out great! I am planning on making it again, but adding extra sauce. My husband and son loved it! Said it was better than baked spaghetti from one of our local Italian restaurants!
  3. Shannon Lindsay
    I made this recipe a few months ago. It was wonderful. My young adult son works weird hours. He liked it so much he said he could eat it everyday. He also said I should keep the leftovers on hand frequently because he would love to have it as a go to food for lunch or dinner on a busy day. It took a little bit of time to make but the leftovers were great. Well worth the effort. Thanks for this great recipe.
  4. I was worried about comments on it being dry but stuck to the recipe and it was perfect! Far from dry. Maybe others mismeasured or just like a dripping spaghetti. It was very moist but not watery. It had a great taste and all 5 of my very picky eaters loved it. I just had to keep it a secret that it was cottage cheese, until of course they were done. We will definitely be making it again. Maybe next time I might use Italian sausage instead of ground beef.
  5. Made this last night. Used ricotta instead of cottage cheese. My husband, who is extremely picky and doesn't care for spaghetti the traditional way, LOVED it. When I make it again, I will use more sauce, but that is just a personal preference. Turned out great! Having leftovers for lunch today?
  6. Kristi
    I made this last night and my son and I really like it but my husband thought it didn't have enough sauce in it, which is what I liked about it, lol! So I guess I'm going to have to find a way to add some sauce but not too much for a happy medium.
  7. I want to make this for a friend. I'm going to freeze it. I've read the comments. From what I take you bake it. Then freeze it. Thaw it in the overnight fridge before baking. My question is how long do you bake it after it is frozen and at what temp? I want it to turn out delicious for her and her family. Thanks!!
  8. I love this recipe. It’s easy and good and makes a lot! Your prep time allowance of 10 minuets is totally wrong though. I cook regularly and feel like i can easily read a recipe and then make it myself...I could never prep this in 10 minuets.
    • Hi Vicky. That sounds amazing by adding the baked spaghetti squash. Spaghetti squash has a lot more moisture in it. We have not tried this recipe using spaghetti squash in place of the pasta. Sorry, I wish we were more help. If there is a way to get a lot of the moisture out with a paper towel. It might be worth trying.

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