Baked Spaghetti Casserole Recipe

Baked spaghetti casserole is a wonderful twist on our favorite pasta meal. It is full of wonderful red sauce and meat and even more cheese!
Baked Spaghetti Casserole Recipe

I don’t know about you, but I could eat pasta any day or all the days of the week!

This is the best casserole recipe if you ask me. It pulls all the delicious spaghetti flavors and melts it wonderfully with the gooey cheese added in. 

My kids even love this recipe. I don’t have to barter with them to eat it. Does anyone else have to do that? Ha ha. 

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2 plates with servings of Baked Spaghetti and garlic bread on them

Plus we pair either with our Cheesy Pull Apart Garlic Bread or Sheet Pan Garlic Breadsticks and to make sure we get vegetables in we will also make our 3 Ingredient Avocado Salad as well!

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Easy baked spaghetti casserole ingredients:

  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Ground beef
  • Medium onion (chopped)
  • Meatless spaghetti sauce 
  • Seasoned salt
  • Eggs
  • Grated Parmesan cheese 
  • Butter 
  • Cottage cheese
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
Ingredients needed to make Baked Spaghetti

Since our gardens are starting to wind down, you might be looking for something to do with all of those tomatoes. Well, you could make this delicious homemade pasta sauce from Mom on Timeout and use it in this recipe as well!

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For this pasta dinner recipe be sure to have these items:

  1. Large skillet (THIS is a nice one)
  2. Spatula
  3. Colander
  4. Large mixing bowl (I love THIS kind with the rubber bottoms)
  5. Whisk
  6. 9×13 inch baking dish
  7. Aluminum foil

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Time to make the best baked spaghetti casserole you’ve ever had!

Start by boiling the water and cooking the pasta according to the package directions. 

Cooked spaghetti noodles in skillet

While the noodles are cooking, cook the ground beef and onions over medium heat in a large skillet. 

Spaghetti sauce and cooked ground beef in pan

After the meat is browned, drain the grease and return the meat to the pan. 

Add in the spaghetti sauce and seasoned salt, stir it together and then set it aside for now. 

Spaghetti sauce and ground beef mixed together in pan

In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, Parmesan cheese, and butter until they are well combined. 

Spaghetti noodles in a mixing bowl with egg mixtures

When the pasta is done cooking, drain the noodles and then add them to the egg mixture, tossing the noodles making sure to coat all the pasta.

Noodles in the bottom of a casserole dish with cottage cheese mixture spread on top

In a greased 9×13 pan, place half of the noodle mixture into the bottom and then top it with half the cottage cheese, and then a layer of meat sauce and finally mozzarella cheese. 

Sauce and meat mixture on top of other layers

Repeat this one more time and then cover the pan with tin foil and bake it at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. 

Spaghetti casserole topped with shredded cheese in casserole dish, covered with goil

After the 40 minutes, uncover the casserole and bake it for another 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted. 

A serving of spaghetti casserole on a plate with garlic bread

Cottage Cheese Substitutes in Baked Spaghetti Casserole: 

We get it. Not everyone likes cottage cheese and that is okay! If you do not want to put cottage cheese in this casserole, feel free to replace it with ricotta cheese. 

Ingredients for casserole layers with casserole dish

If you do not like ricotta cheese, then simply omit the cottage cheese and maybe amp up the mozzarella cheese a little bit. 

Add-Ins for this Easy Baked Spaghetti Recipe: 

  • 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

Casserole made in an Instant Pot?!

We have so many Instant Pot recipes on our YouTube channel with all the different things you can make. 

We all know that lasagna is delicious, but have you tried to make it in your Instant Pot?!

It is absolutely amazing and done in almost half the time!! Try out this easy Instant Pot lasagna. 

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  • Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe
  • Mom’s Easy Chicken Broccoli Casserole Recipe (Chicken Divan)


Baked Spaghetti Casserole Recipe

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Baked spaghetti casserole is a wonderful twist on our favorite pasta meal. It is full of wonderful red sauce and meat and even more cheese!
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Total Time
1 hour 10 minutes

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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


  • 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.
  • Stir in the spaghetti sauce and seasoned salt; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, Parmesan cheese and butter. Drain spaghetti; add to egg mixture and toss to coat.
  • 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.
  • Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 20-25 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.


  • Not everyone likes cottage cheese and that is okay! If you do not want to put cottage cheese in this casserole, feel free to replace it with ricotta cheese.


Calories: 272 kcal
Carbohydrates: 3 g
Protein: 21 g
Fat: 19 g
Saturated Fat: 9 g
Cholesterol: 93 mg
Sodium: 544 mg
Potassium: 202 mg
Fiber: 1 g
Sugar: 2 g
Vitamin A: 375 IU
Vitamin C: 1 mg
Calcium: 269 mg
Iron: 1 mg


  • Large Skillet
  • spatula
  • colander
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • 9×13-inch Baking Pan
  • Aluminum Foil

Recipe Details

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