A simple, delicious, dinner recipe filled with hamburger, sausage, cheese, and more! The whole family will love this baked spaghetti!
A Twist on a classic recipe
I have loved Spaghetti since I was a little girl! In fact, it’s always been a family favorite and one that everyone in my family enjoyed. We grew up on this Spaghetti recipe, and have all introduced this to our own family’s, which means the entire crew (cousins and all) really love that recipe.
Since being in Texas I have tried a few new Spaghetti recipes, some we haven’t loved and others we definitely enjoyed, and today’s recipe happens to be one of the latter. This Baked Spaghetti was very simple to make and was so delicious! It has a bit of a nip because it has Italian sausage, but if you don’t think your kids will like that, you can just use only hamburger meat
If you are looking to venture out and try a new spaghetti recipe, I highly suggest giving this one a try. We make pasta one night a week, and for us, it’s nice to have several recipes to choose from. You better believe this one is being added to the pasta rotation ASAP!
Assembling Spaghetti Casserole
Spaghetti. Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the package. While it’s cooking, prepare the egg mixture. Drain spaghetti, combine with egg mixture, and place in the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish.
Meats. In a large skillet, cook beef, sausage, sugar, oregano and basil over medium heat until meat is cooked. Drain and stir in spaghetti sauce and tomato sauce. Spoon over the spaghetti mixture. Note: You can find sweet Italian sausage that has many of the same flavor profiles without the spicy red pepper flakes.
Tips and substitutions:
Low carb option: Spaghetti squash is a healthier alternative to normal spaghetti, but it just takes a little more prep work. It make have a slightly different texture, but it would overall be a healthier option despite the copious amounts of cheese in this recipe.
Meat variations: Like I mentioned before, if your family doesn’t care for spicy sausage, you can either use all ground beef, or find a sweeter, more mild sausage.
Making ahead/Freezer meal: You can assemble this casserole ahead of time before baking, cover it, and place it in the fridge. Just make sure to top with cheese after the initial baking time, just like it says in the instructions.
You can also freeze this casserole and defrost and bake for a quick dinner idea. The best idea would be to assemble this in a disposable pan so you don’t risk cracking a glass pan. This would be a great dish to bake and take to someone in need!
Can’t wait to make this again! I’ll probably add some Parmesan next time on top. 😉
Some of our favorite sides to eat with this spaghetti bake are:
For more favorite pasta dishes, check out:
Cheesy Spaghetti Bake Recipe
- 8 oz spaghetti uncooked, broken up
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp basil
- 1/2 lb ground beef
- 1/2 lb Italian sausage
- 14 oz meatless spaghetti sauce
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- fresh basil for garnish
Preheat oven to 350°.
Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
While spaghetti is cooking beat egg, milk, salt,in a large bowl.
Drain spaghetti and add to egg mixture and toss to coat.
Pour into a greased 13x9-in. pan.
In a large skillet, cook beef, sausage, sugar, oregano and basil over medium heat until meat is cooked. Drain and stir in spaghetti sauce and tomato sauce. Spoon over the spaghetti mixture.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Sprinkle with the cheese and fresh basil and cook an additional 15 minutes.
Let set a few minutes before serving. ENJOY!
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.