Baked Spaghetti Recipe

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Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Others may think of this dish as a slap-together concoction of leftovers, but down South, it’s taken quite seriously. It’s a mainstay at fundraisers, potlucks, and church suppers. This is a layered version, which is more attractive, but you can easily just do it up mix-and-melt style. If you plan to use commercially made sauce, just make sure it’s good quality, since it’ll have a big effect on this dish’s flavor.

From Southern Casseroles by Denise Gee

 

6
Servings
1183
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 12 Ounces dried spaghetti
  • 1 Pound ground bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 Cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 24 ounce jars of marinara sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
  • 1/3 Cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 Pounds ricotta cheese
  • 3 Cups Italian blend shredded cheese
  • Dried red pepper flakes, for garnish
  • Fresh parsley leaves, for garnish

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350˚F.

Break the spaghetti into smaller pieces (perhaps three 4-inch sections) and cook it in boiling water. Two minutes before its suggested cooking time, check to see if it’s al dente (see “Use Your Noodle,” page 31). If so, drain the pasta (but don’t rinse it with water) and set it aside.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the sausage and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain and return it to the skillet. Stir in the marinara sauce and Italian herb seasoning; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the Parmesan, eggs, and butter. Add the spaghetti and toss to coat.

Spread half of the coated spaghetti mixture into a lightly greased 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Top with half of the ricotta, sausage-marinara sauce, and Italian blend cheese. Repeat the layers once more.

Cover loosely and bake at 350°F for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 to 20 minutes longer, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Garnish with red pepper flakes and parsley leaves, if desired, before serving.

Baked Spaghetti Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Baked Spaghetti Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
75g
100%
Sugar
16g
N/A
Saturated Fat
38g
100%
Cholesterol
270mg
90%
Protein
56g
100%
Carbs
68g
23%
Vitamin A
490µg
54%
Vitamin B12
2µg
32%
Vitamin B6
0.9mg
42.8%
Vitamin C
8mg
13%
Vitamin D
1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
6mg
32%
Vitamin K
37µg
46%
Calcium
873mg
87%
Fiber
6g
25%
Folate (food)
91µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
91µg
23%
Iron
4mg
25%
Magnesium
121mg
30%
Monounsaturated
25g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
13mg
63%
Phosphorus
879mg
100%
Polyunsaturated
6g
N/A
Potassium
1310mg
37%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.9mg
55%
Sodium
2106mg
88%
Thiamin (B1)
0.6mg
39.4%
Trans
0.9g
N/A
Zinc
7mg
45%

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