Baked Spaghetti Recipe
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Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Want a filling, cozy meal that the whole family will love? This lovely Baked Spaghetti Recipe is all you need. This dish is a great take on a classic pasta treat. It’s full of tasty flavors and melty cheese.

With our simple recipe, you can make spaghetti noodles that are perfectly cooked, a rich meat sauce, and a lot of melted mozzarella and Parmesan cheese on top. This Baked Spaghetti Recipe will please even the pickiest eaters, whether you’re having people over or just looking for a filling dinner.

Come with us as we walk you through each step, from making the tasty sauce to baking it until it’s golden brown. Get ready to eat a delicious meal that will make everyone want more.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound (450g) spaghetti noodles
  • 1 pound (450g) ground beef or Italian sausage
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jar (about 24 ounces) of your favorite marinara sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Optional: chopped fresh basil or parsley for garnish

Instructions:

Warm Up the Oven: Warm up your oven to 190°C (375°F).

Cook the Spaghetti: Follow the directions on the package to cook the spaghetti noodles until they are al dente. Remove the water and set it aside.

Heat the olive oil in a big pan over medium-low heat. This will help you make the meat sauce. Add the chopped garlic and diced onion. Sauté for about two to three minutes, until the onion is soft and smells good. Use a spoon to break up the ground beef or Italian sausage before adding it to the pan. Cook until it is browned and done. Get rid of any extra fat.

Mix Noodles and Sauce: Put the cooked spaghetti noodles and the tomato sauce in a big bowl and mix them together. Mix the noodles until they are covered all over.

Lay Out the Dish: Put a thin layer of the spaghetti and sauce mix on the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Then put some of the cooked meat sauce on top. Put some mozzarella and Parmesan cheese on top of the sauce. Do it again, and this time put a layer of cheese on top.

Bake: Put aluminum foil over the baking dish and put it in a hot oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cheese melts and bubbles.

Take it out of the oven, take off the foil, and let it cool for a few minutes before serving. If you want, you can add chopped fresh basil or parsley as a garnish. Enjoy while hot!

You can change this recipe to suit your tastes by adding your favorite herbs, veggies, spices, or spices to the sauce or by switching out the meats and cheeses. Have fun with your tasty baked spaghetti!

FAQs:

1. Can I use a different type of pasta for this recipe? Short Answer: Yes, you can! While spaghetti is traditional, feel free to substitute with other pasta shapes like penne, rigatoni, or fusilli for a unique twist on the dish.

2. Can I make this recipe ahead of time? Short Answer: Absolutely! You can assemble the baked spaghetti ahead of time and store it covered in the refrigerator for up to a day before baking. Just remember to increase the baking time slightly to ensure it’s heated through.

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