Baked Spaghetti

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Baked Spaghetti is traditional spaghetti baked in the oven.

We invited Kale’s Mom and sister over for dinner Sunday night. We had so much fun and it was a delicious dinner!

A few days before, I asked his sister to decide what I should make. I gave her the choice between a roast with mashed potatoes or this spaghetti casserole. Needless to say, she chose the casserole. I’m so happy she did. We all really loved it! 

I found the original recipe over at Plain Chicken, but changed things up a tiny bit. I was really pleased with the end result but thought next time I’m going to add more sauce. This recipe is for sure a winner. This will be added to our dinner rotation often!!


Baked Spaghetti

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12


  • 12 ounces spaghetti noodles
  • 1 lb. lean ground Beef
  • 1 to 2 jars 24 ounces each of spaghetti sauce* see note
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook & crumble ground beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain any grease. Stir in spaghetti sauce. Remove from heat.
  • Meanwhile, cook spaghetti noodles in a large pot of water according to package directions. Drain water and then place hot noodles back into the empty pot. Add cream cheese, Italian seasoning and dried basil to noodles. Stir and combine until cream cheese has melted and noodles are all coated.
  • Spread a small amount of meat sauce evenly in the bottom of the baking dish. Pour noodles over the top and spread out evenly. Pour the meat sauce mixture over the noodles and sprinkle evenly with both cheeses.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into squares and serving. Enjoy!


*I like to use about one and a half jars of spaghetti sauce because we like our baked spaghetti extra saucy.
*You can easily cut this recipe in half and bake in a 8x8-inch square baking dish to serve 6.


Baked Spaghetti is traditional spaghetti baked in the oven.

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21 thoughts on “Baked Spaghetti

  1. We love Baked Spaghetti! The version I make calls for cream of mushroom soup but I think I would rather use cream cheese. I will try your recipe next time. Actually I think I might make this within the next few days since I have everything I need. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. What a great dish! I thought you were going to make a version of what I know as spaghetti pie, but it’s quite different! My family would love this 🙂

  3. Holly,
    This is my first time commenting. I’ve been a huge fan of your blog since the first of the year. Everything I’ve tried has been superb! We had this one for dinner tonight. I we nt with your advice and used 2 jars of spaghetti sauce. My entire family gobbled it up! There is nothing left! Thanks for all your wonderful recipes and wishing you and your family a great holiday season!

    -Rhonda Newby

  4. “Spaghetti Pie” is, I’m pretty sure, what made the husband fall in love with me. It’s the first thing I ever cooked him or dinner and he just loved it. My recipe is a bit different than this, but this sounds great! I love the addition of cream cheese. Mmmmm!

  5. My family loves baked spaghetti too. We make ours a bit more cheese-like. You should try it. ( *your site is very pretty!

  6. My husband is not a big fan of spaghetti, lasagna, or really pasta in general. But I thought I’d give this a try. He loved it! He said that he would prefer this over other pasta dishes. My children scarfed this down too. Great Recipe! Loving this blog! Thank you!


  7. I have made this multiple times. It’s a good change up from plain old spaghetti.

    If you’re in the mood for it, it’s delicious… but you have to be willing to do those few extra steps (because Spaghetti is already easy).

    Overall though, it can be worth it!

  8. This was a hit with the entire family, from the grandparents to the kids. I took your advice and did two jars of sauce–great advice. Thanks for a delish and easy recipe! This would also be great to serve if you had another family over for dinner, as it makes a generous portion.

  9. Tried this the other night for our family. My husband hates spaghetti which always makes me sad because it’s so easy. Well, he went back for thirds! And I was able to reheat this for my lunch a few days in a row. Awesome, awesome meal! I’m making it right now for a family who just had a baby – the perfect “take and bake” meal too! Thanks for sharing!

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