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Baked Spaghetti Casserole

Updated on August 17, 2017

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Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Casserole Recipe

This is a very easy to follow spaghetti recipe. You will start by making a garlicky beef sauce. The noodles and sauce get mixed together with cheese to make a delicious meal.

The main thing I enjoy about making this dish is that when I have company over, I can make everything up ahead of time and have a clean kitchen with all dishes washed and put away before the guests arrive.

Do you think you'd like this for a meal?

5 stars from 9 ratings of Baked Spaghetti Casserole

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour 45 min
Ready in: 2 hours 15 min
Yields: Will serve 4-5 people

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of ground beef lean, cooked and drained
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery, chopped
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of tomatoes, diced
  • 1 jar of strained tomatoes or can of tomato sauce
  • 5 dashes of Tabasco sauce
  • a big pinch of thyme, dried
  • a big pinch of oregano, dried
  • a big pinch of basil, dried
  • 1-1 1/2 Tbs of chili peppers, dried
  • 2 cups of old cheddar cheese, grated
  • enough to serve 4-5 spaghetti noodles, cooked and drained

Let's Get Cooking!

  1. Cook and drain your ground beef and set aside.
  2. In a frying pan saute the celery, onions, and garlic.
  3. In a large pot or dutch oven add the ground beef, the saute veggies, tomatoes, strained tomatoes (or tomato sauce), all the spices and Tabasco sauce. Bring everything to a boil stirring every once in awhile. Turn the heat down to simmer and let cook for an hour stirring every so often.
  4. In a pasta pot boil the noodles until they are cooked the way you like them.
  5. Once the noodle are cooked drain and toss with a bit of olive oil. This will keep your noodles from sticking together while they wait for the sauce to get done.
  6. Spray a large casserole dish with cooking spray. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
  7. Mix the noodles and sauce together and add 1/2 of it to the bottom of the casserole dish. Next add one cup of the grated cheese, then the rest of the noodles and sauce. Top with the second cup of cheese.
  8. Place in the oven for 30 minutes to 45 minutes or until cheese on top is nice and bubbly.
  9. Serve with a salad and or garlic bread and ENJOY!

Getting Ready to Bake the Casserole

Sauce is almost ready.
Sauce is almost ready. | Source

The Noodles

Noodles are cooked to perfection and lightly tossed with olive oil.
Noodles are cooked to perfection and lightly tossed with olive oil. | Source

Mixing the Noodles and Sauce

Gently toss the noodles with the sauce
Gently toss the noodles with the sauce | Source

Into the Casserole Dish

Cheese has been added and the dish is ready to go into the oven.
Cheese has been added and the dish is ready to go into the oven. | Source
Let's eat!
Let's eat! | Source

Options to the Sauce

Don't like beef or you're a vegetarian?

Omit the beef and use chicken, sausage, ground turkey, or make it meatless.

I prefer my spaghetti sauce a little different.

Not a problem, add or change the sauce up any which way you like.

Cheese

I happen to like extra old cheese but you can use any type of cheese you feel would work well in this casserole. Maybe you'd even like to blend a few different cheeses together.

Garlic

I am a huge garlic fan. No vampire will ever attack me. But there are some people that cannot stand either garlic or garlic breath. Easy omit it if you don't care for it.

Your Thoughts on Baked Spaghetti

Have you ever made a spaghetti casserole before?

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    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Cynthia, Thanks so much!! So good to see you too. Miss you around here :) and glad to see that you're around again. xxx

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      2 years ago from Western NC

      I know that if you made this, then it HAS to be good!! So good to see you, friend! Trying to make a comeback here - I still don't have a ton of time, but I'm MAKING time - I miss it so! More than blogging. Haha. Hugs!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Charito! I too love pasta but I have to be careful cause it goes right to the hips :)

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I love pasta! The photos above look so yummy that I could almost eat them! (Ha, ha!)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Poetryman, I hope you enjoyed your lunch, have a great day and thank you.

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      poetryman6969 

      3 years ago

      It's getting close to lunch time and this looks very good!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much and I hope you enjoy this Mouse.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      3 years ago from United States

      It looks delicious! As much as I love spaghetti, I am sure to enjoy this spaghetti casserole recipe.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      LadyFiddler, Thanks so much!

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      Joanna Chandler 

      4 years ago from On planet Earth

      Susan girl what are you doing to me ? I am starving and you are tempting me with this delicious looking casserole. GRRR!!

      Thanks for sharing this yummy delight.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I often make spaghetti with ground chicken or turkey and I think this would be a great option Annie.

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      RaintreeAnnie 

      4 years ago from UK

      Yes I will certainly be making this one! However we don't like beef so will probably try minced turkey or most likely a veggie option, maybe add more mushrooms. It seems a very versatile dish and sounds delicious.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very easy to make and quick ecogranny. Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      This looks like a delicious, quick and easy supper to make and to have on hand for those cold, chilly nights. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Cheryl, I'm sure it would be great without the meat too :)

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      Cheryl Paton 

      4 years ago from West Virginia

      I like the idea of baked spaghetti, but I would make it sans any meat.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much esmonaco. Let me know if you like it.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh I bet this made vegetarian would be awesome!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I do hope that you enjoy the casserole aka-rms.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Pawpa, Thanks so much, now go eat :)

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Susan, Another amazing recipe, looks delicious and I'll have to try it. I like my pasta and trying different recpies is great!

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      BarbaraCasey 

      4 years ago

      Great looking recipe. We make a vegetarian version. Baking (with loads of cheese) sure does gussy up a spaghetti dish.

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      Robin S 

      4 years ago from USA

      Oh my this looks really good. I can't believe I've never heard of this before. I will definitely be giving this a try.

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      Jim 

      4 years ago from Kansas

      I shouldn't have looked at this so close to lunch. Now my stomach is giving me fits. Looks very good.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      midget, Thanks so much!

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      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Susan, your recipes never fail to make my mouth water!!

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      Susan gave it a full five stars.. sounds easy to bake :)

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hope you enjoy it Colin and yes the more garlic the better :)

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      Colin323 

      4 years ago

      This looks easy, cheap, and delicious. I will definitely try this (with loads of garlic). Thanks for the recipe, Susan.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      OhMe, My son came over last night and ate some of the leftover spaghetti and then took the rest home with him. :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      My recipe is slightly different but sounds very similar. We love to take this to the beach where there is a bunch of us to enjoy it.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much nice to see you!

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      Brian Stephens 

      4 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Loving the look of that casserole, must be my Italian ancestry kicking in. I have cooked something very similar but using a different type of pasta.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks mumsgather!

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      mumsgather 

      4 years ago

      Oh my, I just have to try this! But with all the transition work going on, I think it will have to wait a while. Will enjoy your photos first. Yum!

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you everyone for all of your comments, I so appreciate each and every one of them!

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      MasterDripper 

      4 years ago

      looks fantastic...ever tried coffee with this great dish? :)

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      poetvix 

      4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      That looks fantastic. I love how really affordable this recipe is too. Yumo!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hope you try it LoveDr.

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      Susan 

      4 years ago from India

      Wow... This looks simply mouth watering. The photos are making me feel hungry. Voted up.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Looks delicious with all the spices! I love the one pan idea. Pinning this one!

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Nothing beats a casserole for a busy cook...guests, kids, whatever...and this is a great casserole as it is certainly the favorite dish of multitudes.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Glad it does Leslie, Thank you!

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      vocalcoach, I'm sure I'd like it without meat too but hubby is a true meat lover.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sylvestermouse, I don't think I've met too many people that don't like pasta :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Audrey, Thanks for all your support over the years!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Stephanie, My Dad instilled that in me. When he cooked the kitchen was clean before we sat down to eat. I try to do this whenever possible.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      When I make it to your neighborhood Susan, I'll cook for you :)

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      lovedoctor926 

      4 years ago

      This dish looks tempting!

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      Leslie A. Shields 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      Makes me hungry....!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I'm a vegetarian so will eliminate the meat. Your photos are mouth-watering and your recipe is calling out to me. Thanks. Up and sharing.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      4 years ago from United States

      Sounds divinely delicious! I do love pasta

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Oh yum!!! Happy to see you here!!

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      suziecat7 

      4 years ago from Asheville, NC

      You make it look so good!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      4 years ago from USA

      This looks delicious! Like you, I like to have the kitchen clean and food ready to serve when we have guests. This would be a nice company dish.

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      Susan Holland 

      4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Delicious!!! Would you just come live with me?? :-)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Merrci, There's lots if you'd like to join us :)

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I should have waited until after dinner to read this. It looks so good! We used to make baked ziti quite often, but I don't think I've ever baked spaghetti noodles. Love that you can make ahead. That's a favorite of mine too--clean kitchen before we eat!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Brite-Ideas :) It's like grocery shopping .... you shouldn't do it when you're hungry :)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      It's dinner time and I've visited 2 food pages in a row, wonder why? lol - yum, looks great

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much MissO!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      4 years ago from Texas

      This looks great! Thank you for another tasty recipe.

      voted up and shared

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm just waiting for it to cool off so I can dig in Susan :)

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      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Looks and sounds so delicious! I'm ready for a good, hearty meal like this one. Thanks for sharing!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much. So nice to be back :)

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      Debra Allen 

      4 years ago from West By God

      Yummy to the tummy! Thanks and hope that this account goes well. Welcome back!

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