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Classic Baked Spaghetti is the delicious casserole version of the traditional pasta and meat sauce. With multiple layers of cheesy buttered noodles, melted mozzarella cheese, and onion beef sauce you’ll want to make this a new family favorite.

If you’re looking to add more pasta casseroles to your collection then try out this Chicken Parmesan Casserole, or this Cheesy Cheddar Chicken Spaghetti Casserole. Don’t miss this similar version of Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti Casserole either.

Classic Baked Spaghetti

Classic Baked Spaghetti

Whether you’re hitting up a pot luck luncheon or in need a casserole to feed the entire family this classic baked spaghetti is always a favorite option. Simple and satisfying are the main qualities of this classic comfort meal that boast a large number of servings.

With simple no-fuss ingredients such as spaghetti, pasta sauce, and cheese you’ll find this easy to prepare dish is one everybody will love.

Classic Baked Spaghetti

How to Make Baked Spaghetti

There are three main steps to the assembly and prep of this classic baked spaghetti starting with the prep of the noodles. Cook them according to the package directions, and once you’ve drained them you’ll toss them with the butter, parmesan cheese, and egg mixture.

As the noodles are cooking prepare the meat sauce layer by browning the meat and onions and then stirring in the pasta sauce.

Layer it all together starting with the noodles, then the cottage cheese. Place the meat sauce on top and sprinkle with mozzarella. Repeat! Bake it all together and you’ve got one delicious meal that will last for days.

Classic Baked Spaghetti

Which Cheeses to Choose?

As with most casserole recipes, there are several ingredients that are optional or interchangeable. There is no hard line on the types of cheese you choose for your baked spaghetti, however, one that melts easily is mostly usually your best option. Cheeses such as mozzarella and cheddar are my personal favorites.

The cottage cheese layer can also be swapped for ricotta cheese or changed entirely to something like a parmesan. Use your favorite types of cheese and you’ll be happily satisfied.

Classic Baked Spaghetti

What to Serve with Baked Spaghetti?

The casserole itself can be considered a complete meal, however, if you’re looking to diversify your dish a bit then you can certainly add some flair with side dishes. Bread or rolls, such as these easy parmesan knots are an obvious choice, but if you’re looking for a healthier option try a salad such as this grilled caesar salad.

Classic Baked Spaghetti

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Classic Baked Spaghetti

5 from 1 vote
By: Aimee Mars
Classic Baked Spaghetti is the delicious casserole version of the traditional pasta and meat sauce. With multiple layers of cheesy buttered noodles, melted mozzarella cheese, and onion beef sauce you'll want to make this a new family favorite.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare the spaghetti noodles in boiling water according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet brown the ground beef and chopped onion over medium-high heat until the meat is no longer pink. Drain and remove from heat. Season with salt and stir in the pasta sauce; set aside.
  • Whisk the eggs, parmesan cheese, and melted butter together in a large bowl. Add the spaghetti to the mixture and toss to coat.
  • Grease a 13x9 baking dish with oil and place half of the spaghetti on the bottom. Layer 1 cup of the cottage cheese on top of the noodles and then place 1/2 of the meat sauce on top. Sprinkle 2 cups of mozzarella cheese on top and repeat the layers with the remaining ingredients. Cover with foil and place the dish in the oven to bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and cook an additional 20 to 25 minutes more.


Calories: 684kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 39gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 169mgSodium: 890mgPotassium: 426mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 800IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 411mgIron: 2.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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About Aimee Mars

Spending time in the kitchen is a childhood memory that stems as far back as I can remember. The dots connecting those days to recipe development and food photography though, are winding and loopy. Just months after my clothing line in New York City, which was a childhood dream, came to a screeching halt I found myself at home as a new mom with a newborn. Desperately seeking a creative outlet, I began with the familiar and comforting act of cooking. A new passion of recipe development was ignited, and my blog became a place to break bread and to share these recipes with everyone. My family of four and one very convincing dog who loves to beg now enjoy our meals, and scraps, in Charleston.

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  1. Made this last night. It was good but will be serving the leftovers with additional spaghetti sauce on the side or over the top. A little to dry for us.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this this evening. It was a very pleasant change from the usual spaghetti dish. Comfort food to the Max! cottage cheese came in a 24oz container and feel that the whole container could have been used. Whole family agreed more sauce could be added as well. Thanks Alyssa for another keeper!

  3. Why do you call it “garlic meat sauce” when there is no garlic in the recipe?? Is there supposed to be?