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The Best Baked Spaghetti

The Best Baked Spaghetti also known as ‘Spasagna’ is inspired by the meal that used to be served at Cheddar’s restaurants. Alfredo coated spaghetti topped with meat sauce and cheese!

A DELICIOUS SPAGHETTI CASSEROLE

Sometimes the meals I make are inspired by my favorite restaurant foods. If you’ve ever been to a Cheddar’s restaurant then this will be a familiar dish to you. They call it Spasagna* (spaghetti plus lasagna.) If you’ve never heard of it, well, it’s about time you do. Basically, it is cooked spaghetti noodles tossed with alfredo (cheese) sauce, topped with a meaty red sauce, cheese and then baked.

close up photo of a slice of baked spaghetti on a white plate

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you cook pasta before making pasta bake?

Yes. For most pasta casseroles/bakes, the pasta does need to be cooked before adding to the rest of the ingredients in the dish.

Why is baked pasta dry?

Most of the times it is because there is not enough liquid or sauce coating the pasta as it bakes. In this recipe the spaghetti is coated with Alfredo sauce which keeps the spaghetti from drying out.

Should baked pasta be covered?

Yes. This helps to keep the pasta from drying out as well as it keeps the steam contained within the casserole dish.

Can you freeze baked spaghetti?

This can be made ahead of time and frozen. Then just pull it out of your freezer when ready to cook. Just be sure to add on a few minutes to the cooking time.

How do you store leftover baked spaghetti?

Place any leftovers in a lidded container. Place into the refrigerator and eat within 3 days. Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave.

The Best Baked Spaghetti recipe (also known as Spasagna) slice of baked spaghetti shown being pulled out of the casserole dish with a spatula

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • spaghetti noodles
  • ground beef
  • spaghetti sauce
  • jar alfredo sauce (cheese sauce)
  • Italian seasoning
  • shredded mozzarella
baked spaghetti ingredients: spaghetti noodles, ground beef, spaghetti sauce, alfredo sauce (cheese sauce) Italian seasoning, shredded mozzarella.

HOW DO YOU MAKE BAKED SPAGHETTI

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions. Drain noodles very well.

While the spaghetti noodles are cooking, brown and crumble ground beef in a large sauce pan. Drain excess grease.

browned and crumbled cooked ground beef in a large skillet.

Put ground beef back in pan and add spaghetti sauce. Stir to combine well.

spaghetti sauce added to the ground beef in the large skillet.

Meanwhile, once the cooked noodles are drained, put them back into the pot. Stir in alfredo (cheese) sauce and Italian seasoning. Stir well to thoroughly coat noodles.

Alfredo sauce and Italian seasoning stirred together with cooked spaghetti noodles in a large stock pot.

Place spaghetti noodles into prepared baking dish.

Alfredo covered spaghetti noodles in a prepared 9x13 baking dish.

Cover with spaghetti sauce mixture.

meat sauce spread on top of Alfredo noodles in baking dish.

Top with shredded mozzarella cheese.

shredded mozzarella cheese on top of layers of spaghetti sauce and Alfredo noodles.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 30 minutes (until cheese is melted and bubbly.)

baking dish shown covered in aluminum foil.

Allow to cool for about 5-8 minutes. Then slice.

fully cooked baked spaghetti shown in a white baking dish

Serve with a salad and garlic bread!

(last image) close up photo of fork pulling up a bite of Baked Spaghetti.

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Originally published: June 2011
Updated and republished: March 2021

The Best Baked Spaghetti (Spasagna) recipe from The Country Cook

The Best Baked Spaghetti

The Best Baked Spaghetti, also known as Spasagna, is inspired by the meal that used to be served at Cheddar's restaurants. Alfredo coated spaghetti topped with meat sauce and cheese!
4.75 from 109 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 pound spaghetti noodles
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 26 ounce jar spaghetti sauce
  • 16 ounce jar alfredo sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray 9" x 13" baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • Cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions. Drain noodles very well.
  • While the spaghetti noodles are cooking, brown and crumble ground beef in a large sauce pan. Drain excess grease.
  • Put ground beef back in pan and add spaghetti sauce. Stir to combine well.
  • Meanwhile, once the cooked noodles are drained, put them back into the pot. Stir in alfredo (cheese) sauce and Italian seasoning.
  • Stir well to thoroughly coat noodles.
  • Place spaghetti noodles into prepared baking dish.
  • Cover with spaghetti sauce mixture.
  • Top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 30 minutes (until cheese is melted and bubbly.)

Video

YouTube video

Notes

  • Allow to cool for about 5-8 minutes then slice and serve with a salad and garlic bread.
  • Baked Spaghetti can be frozen (see my tips above). 
  • Other pasta can be used: fettuccine, linguine, etc. 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 27g | Sodium: 1080mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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*Spasagna is a registered trademark of Cheddar’s Restaurant

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139 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love you brandie as always only thing Is I will add mushrooms onions an green peppers when I make spaghetti sauce thats what is in it when I make spaghetti I be trying this my daughter want spaghetti so this will be made next in my house thank you for your recipes ive enjoyed them for almost 2 years now got another one for the books. Im a crockpotter thanks to u

  2. This has been my family’s favorite recipe for a few years! But I can’t find the creamy mozzarella anymore. Please has anyone found a substitute!? ????

  3. 5 stars
    I love this recipe and have used it for years!! Ragu no longer makes creamy mozzarella. Has anyone found an alternative??

  4. 5 stars
    Can you please post your videos on Youtube too? That way, I can link them easier. These videos don’t allow me to link right to them. I plan on making this, because it looks really good.

  5. 5 stars
    OMG! This is going to be my go-to for “spaghetti dinner” from now on! This dish is better than Cheddar’s, I think. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    My picky teenage daughter LOVED this. She ate two helpings and made me save her some for lunch the next day. This is definitely going into my recipe rotation. Thank you very much!

  7. 5 stars
    Found this recipe today and headed to the store. Added salt, pepper, onion & garlic powder to meat sauce and used a pinch more of Italian seasoning in pasta. Baked and sampled……this is absolutely DELICIOUS! I can’t wait for the feedback from my family. This will be my new potluck signature dish! Thanks for sharing!

  8. 5 stars
    Excellent and so easy to make. There are only two of us in the house and this makes enough to freeze a portion for another date and still have enough for a lunch one day.

  9. 5 stars
    This has been a household favorite for a couple of years now! My go to recipe when I just don’t know what to make! Whatever protein I have works with it!

  10. 5 stars
    Hey,
    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! This is such a unique take on two classic meals! I will definitely be trying this out!
    Best,
    Dennis

  11. 5 stars
    This recipe was a hit at our house and I can’t say that about many new things that I try. Will definitely be make no this again.

  12. 5 stars
    Tried it and LOVED it! Thank you so much for making spaghetti exciting again!

    I’m new to your site. Could you recommend some of your favorite or most popular recipes? Looking for ideas on what to try next. Thank you!!!

  13. 5 stars
    MADE THIS LAST WEEK! JUST HAD TO COME BACK AND COMMENT ABOUT HOW MUCH MY FAMILY LOVED THIS MEAL. WHAT DIDN’T GET EATEN THE FIRST NIGHT WAS READY FOR THE NEXT DAY. SO EASY TO PUT TOGETHER AND TASTES SO GOOD!

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