This Out Of This World Baked Spaghetti is a one pan meal that’s always a hit at the supper table or at a covered dish supper. With a creamy, cheesy center, and a meaty sauce, this pasta casserole is comfort food taken to a whole new level!
When you’ve got a big casserole dish, loaded with perfectly cooked pasta that’s been tossed in cream cheese, then topped with more cheese and a meat sauce that tastes like it’s been cooking for hours, well, you’ve got something special. I’ve been making my version of baked spaghetti for years for my family, taken it to numerous covered dish suppers and shared it with friends when they need a little TLC.
1 pound ground beef
1 small to medium onion - chopped
1 24 oz jar Marinara sauce - I use Rao's
1 cup cottage cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese - grated
1 pound spaghetti
1 8 oz cream cheese
2 cups Mozzarella cheese - grated
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium size skillet, cook ground beef and onion until done. Drain off fat. Pour Mariana sauce over meat and mix well.
In a large pot, cook spaghetti according to package directions. When done, drain. Add cream cheese and mix well, coating all spaghetti.
Mix together, in a medium size bowl, cottage cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and egg.
To build baked spaghetti, place approximately 1/2 cup of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish. Place half of spaghetti on top of meat mixture smoothing to the edges of casserole dish. Layer on cottage cheese mixture, covering all of spaghetti. Layer remaining spaghetti over cheese. Spoon remaining meat mixture over all layers. Top with Mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle on 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese and bake for additional 15 minutes until cheese is golden brown. Remove from and allow to reset 10 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.