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Crowd Pleasing Spaghetti Casserole

Posted by  ·  September 26, 2018  ·  Last Updated: September 26, 2018

This spaghetti casserole is a delicious dinner that will become one of your regular dinners.  A comforting casserole with plenty of melted cheese is the perfect dish for potlucks, family gatherings, or when you want to take a friend a meal.

baked spaghetti casserole

Baked Spaghetti Casserole and other pleasing pastas

My family loves Italian meals like crock pot lasagna. We also love these easy skillet meals. Typically you will find pasta casseroles are crowd pleasing.  A few variations and jarred sauce and you have spaghetti pie, another family favorite meal.   It makes two pies, and can be frozen ahead! It doesn’t get easier than that. Two meals for the work of one.  This baked spaghetti recipe can also be frozen.

Spaghetti Casserole

You will love the simple homemade tomato sauce that covers the spaghetti noodles. While it takes time to simmer the tomato sauce it goes together quickly.  Use the time to make a beautiful salad. The cheddar cheese tops it off perfectly.  A kid pleasing meal for sure. My friend Kim has made it for us many times so I had to have the recipe.

If you need something gluten free just use gluten-free noodles and skip the bread.

baked spaghetti
4.38 from 8 votes

Baked Spaghetti Casserole Recipe

This delicious baked spaghetti will be requested again and again for potlucks and family gatherings. It's especially popular with all that love cheese. Add a tossed salad and garlic bread, and dinner is ready.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword casserole, pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 487 kcal
Author Cindy Hopper


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium green pepper , chopped
  • 2 medium onions , chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 6 ounce cans of tomato paste
  • 2 28 ounces cans whole tomatoes , pureed
  • 1 8 ounce canned mushrooms , drained
  • 1 pound spaghetti (Barilla gluten free is what I used)
  • 3 cups grated cheddar cheese



  1. Brown 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, green pepper and onions in a skillet. Once cooked, drain fat.


  1. Mix together 1/2 cup olive oil,  cans of tomato paste, cans of  tomatoes and drained mushrooms. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

  2. Once sauce is finished add ground beef mixture.

  3. Cook 1 pound spaghetti and drain. Place spaghetti in large 3-quart casserole dish. Place sauce on top of spaghetti and top with grated cheddar cheese. Bake 350 for about 30-40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Spaghetti Casserole Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 487 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 218mg 9%
Potassium 309mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 6.4%
Vitamin C 11.3%
Calcium 22.7%
Iron 10.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Once baked you have a yummy meal! Did you know cooked spaghetti freezes beautifully? This baked spaghetti makes a tone so  I can divide have one to serve and one to freeze. For making ahead the only difference in the directions would be to follow all the steps until it says to put it in the oven. At that point, top with foil and freeze. Make sure you choose a freezer safe container.  Remove from the freezer the day before you plan on serving so it can defrost in the refrigerator. If you don’t remember to remove it, you can expect your cook time to be about an hour long at least. 

While your spaghetti bakes whip up a Toll House Pie and let it bake while you eat.  This would be a great menu for company or to take to a friend in need.

If you are looking for more simple dinners I have now been using my Instant Pot for years now.  I use it about four times a week.  Here are some of our favorite Instant Pot Pasta meals.

Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

Pressure Cooker Pasta with Meat Sauce

Pressure Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs

Let me know what you think of this baked spaghetti casserole!

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  1. Thursday, June 15th, 2017
    Very yummy recipe! Easy to make and my family loves it!
  2. DP
    Saturday, April 23rd, 2016