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Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Spaghetti is a beloved Italian classic, known for its delicious pasta, savory sauce, and gooey cheese. In this article, we're excited to share our baked spaghetti recipe with you. Whether you're a long-time fan or new to the world of baked spaghetti, this recipe promises a plateful of Italian comfort and flavor.

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The Comfort of Baked Spaghetti


While we often enjoy spaghetti with sauce and meatballs, baking it takes this classic dish to a whole new level. The flavors meld together beautifully in the oven, creating a comforting, hearty casserole that's perfect for family gatherings or a cozy weeknight dinner. Our baked spaghetti recipe is a twist on the traditional, making it a delightful variation that you're sure to love.


Why Choose Baked Spaghetti


Baked spaghetti offers a unique way to enjoy a classic favorite. The dish combines all the elements of traditional spaghetti but with a cheesy, baked finish that adds a new layer of flavor and texture. It's also an excellent option for feeding a crowd, and the leftovers, if there are any, taste even better the next day. Whether you're looking to switch up your usual pasta routine or simply craving a comforting Italian meal, baked spaghetti fits the bill.


Essential Ingredients for Your Baked Spaghetti


Before we dive into the recipe, let's gather the essential ingredients. You'll need spaghetti, ground beef (or turkey), tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, eggs, and an array of herbs and seasonings to create a rich, flavorful sauce. With these ingredients ready, you're all set to create a mouthwatering baked spaghetti dish.


Baked Spaghetti Recipe


Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces spaghetti

  • 1 pound ground beef (or turkey)

  • 1 (24-ounce) jar tomato sauce

  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese

  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions until it's al dente. Drain and set aside.

  2. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef (or turkey) over medium heat until it's browned and cooked through. Drain any excess fat.

  3. Stir in the tomato sauce, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Simmer the sauce for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld. Remove it from heat.

  4. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

  5. In a mixing bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, 1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, and eggs. Mix until well combined.

  6. In a large mixing bowl, toss the cooked spaghetti with half of the meat sauce.

  7. In a greased 9x13-inch baking dish, layer the ingredients in the following order: half of the spaghetti mixture, all of the cheese mixture, and the remaining half of the spaghetti mixture.

  8. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.

  9. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.

  10. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden.

  11. Allow the baked spaghetti to cool for a few minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh basil leaves if desired.

  12. Serve and savor your baked spaghetti, a hearty and comforting twist on a classic favorite.


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