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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
    This is a well liked meal at a low cost. I buy the sauces on sale whenever they are. Just to have a quick meal everybody likes on hand. today they had a two for one so I got two meals on sale.

  2. 5 stars
    This is our dinner tonight!! Is in the oven cooking away right now!! Thanks for this recipe!! 10 stars all the way!!

    1. Yes!!! This is my second time making this recipe and I have used thin spaghetti both times and it works perfect!!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this with fresh fettuccine for a really quick dinner. We substituted Italian sausage for the ground beef. Pretty tasty.

  4. 5 stars
    This is so easy and delicious. Even my picky eaters loved it. Will definitely make it again and again.

  5. 5 stars
    Well, these comments are now 9 years old, so I guess the recipe is also. Cant find Creamy Mozzarella sauce anywhere, not even on Ragu’s website. So what would be an alternative sauce? It really looks good and I would love to try it.

  6. 5 stars
    I don’t normally comment on here but this was the best dish I’ve had in years! I followed recipe and made my own alfredo sauce (never found a jar of it I liked). It was truly restaurant quality and so damn good!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve been on the search lately for new recipes and this is one I just had to try. This was easy to make and it tasted just as good as it looks. I will never make spaghetti like I used to before. This is the way to go from now on!!!

  8. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was yummy!! My hubby & I both loved it! So easy to put together… my kind of recipe for sure. 🙂 Thanks for a delicious recipe. 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    I made this and it is very tasty. Next time I make it I’ll use only half a box of noodles to change the ratio of meat sauce to noodles.

  10. 5 stars
    I made this last weekend. I needed something that made a lot but that was easy and economical. This seemed to check all of the boxes. The hardest part was boiling the pasta so that says a lot right there. When I find ground beef on sale, I brown it and freeze it to use in recipes such as this one which made it even faster. It is almost too good to be so easy. I would encourage anyone to try it. I will definitely make again.