Baked Spaghetti - A family favorite meal. Creamy, cheesy spaghetti casserole!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
- 3/4 lb Thin Spaghetti
- 1 lb Italian sausage
- 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 2 cloves Garlic pressed
- 1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper flakes
- 3 cups or 24 ounces of Marinara
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 cup Fresh Parsley, chopped
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 1/2 cups Ricotta Cheese
- 3 cups Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
Heat a large pot of water to boiling, add pasta and cook for 5 - 6 minutes, al dente. (it will continue to cook in the oven)
Drain the pasta, rinse with cold water.
Preheat your oven to 350°F.
In a large sauté pan. Turn the heat on, to medium. Slowly cook the sausage, breaking it up into smaller pieces. Cook until the sausage is cooked through, no longer pink anywhere, and lightly browned. Remove the sausage from the pan to a paper towel-lined dish.
Drain most of the fat from the pan
Add the chopped onions to the pan. Increase the heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring frequently until the onions become translucent. Add the minced garlic and red chili pepper flakes, and cook a minute more.
Add the marinara sauce and the 1 cup of water to the pan with the onions. Add the sausage back, Italian seasoning and chopped parsley. Bring to a simmer and reduce the heat to a very low simmer. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes or so while you prepare the pasta. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Place the cooled pasta in a large bowl. Toss with olive oil, then 2 beaten eggs.
Place half of the pasta in an even layer in the casserole dish.
Cover with half of the sauce. Then dot the sauce with half of the ricotta cheese. Sprinkle half of the parmesan over the ricotta layer and then half of the mozzarella. Layer again with the remaining pasta, sauce, parmesan, and mozzarella.
Cover with foil and bake for 40 min at 350°F. Remove the foil and bake an additional 20 minutes uncovered.
Remove from oven and let rest for at least 10 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.
Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 946mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 957IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 337mg | Iron: 2mg