7 Easy Spaghetti Bakes to Make This Winter

Take your carbs up a notch, and make baked spaghetti. If you’re unfamiliar with the comfort food creation, baked spaghetti typically contains layers of spaghetti, cheese, and pasta sauce, and it’s a delicious riff on the traditional pasta dish. Baked spaghetti is perfect for weeknight dinners as it yields a lot and can be saved for leftovers. It is also customizable and can be made as healthy or as decadent as you like. Check out these 7 highlighted recipes and pick out one of your liking. Winter is the ideal time to try out new comfort foods, and this is one your friends and family definitely won’t mind taste-testing.

1. Basic Baked Spaghetti

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First up is a basic baked spaghetti from Simply Recipes. Containing pasta, sausage, mushrooms, tomato sauce, and three kinds of cheese, it’s a classic dish that everyone can enjoy. You’ll make your baked spaghetti in a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish, and then cut your dinner into squares. The cooking time for baked spaghetti might be long, but the prep time is minimal, and this dish will serve 8 to 10, leaving you plenty of food for leftovers.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ pound vermicelli pasta or thin spaghetti
  • 1 pound bulk sweet Italian sausage
  • ¼ pound shiitake or cremini mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped, about 1½ cups
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups or 24 ounces of marinara or meatless tomato sauce
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus more for greasing the casserole dish
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 to 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

See full recipe directions at Simply Recipes

2. Quick and Easy Baked Spaghetti

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For a less time-intensive baked spaghetti dish, you can try this variety featured on Food.com. The cooking time is only 20 minutes, and the prep time caps out at 10 minutes. You’ll also see that the ingredients for this baked spaghetti are similar to those in the aforementioned recipe, but this food formula also enlists the shortcut of employing mushroom and tomato soup. Round up your pasta, beef, seasonings, soups, and cheese, and get ready to fill your stomach with carby comfort in less than an hour.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound angel hair pasta noodles
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ½ green pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 (10-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (10-ounce) can cream of tomato soup
  • 1½ cups water
  • 2 cups mild cheddar cheese, shredded

See full recipe directions at Food.com

3. Turkey Spaghetti Bake

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This next recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking is perfect for the leftover turkey or chicken in your fridge. Instead of eating your protein plain, enjoy enlisting it in a bigger dish that will feed many and satisfy all. Enter: the turkey spaghetti bake. You’ll combine thin spaghetti noodles with cooked turkey, crushed tomatoes, fresh basil, Parmesan, and mozzarella. Your pasta will then bake in a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish for 20 minutes before it’s time to cut and serve. Bon appétit!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound thin spaghetti noodles
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups shredded cooked turkey (or chicken)
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1½ cup shredded mozzarella

See full recipe directions at What’s Gaby Cooking

4. Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti

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If you dare to make your comfort food even more decadent, try this baked cream cheese spaghetti from Damn Delicious. This is what carb and cheese dreams are made of. The creamy and cheesy dish takes only 15 minutes to prepare, 20 minutes to bake, and it yields 8 hearty servings. Into your casserole dish will go layers of pasta, beef, and cream cheese, and soon enough you’ll have a new favorite weekday dinner on your hands. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • ½ cup whipped cream cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

See full recipe directions at Damn Delicious

5. Baked Spaghetti Squash with Beef and Veggies

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Baked spaghetti doesn’t have to be diet-devastating, and this next food formula featured on All Recipes is proof. Instead of enlisting traditional carbs, it calls for spaghetti squash, the healthy pasta substitute, and the dish also makes room for roasted veggies. You still have your cheese and beef on the ingredients list, but this baked spaghetti squash recipe is one you can make time and time again with no guilt.

Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash, halved and seeded
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ cup diced green bell pepper
  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can Italian-style diced tomatoes, drained
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2¼ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

See full recipe directions at AllRecipes

6. Spicy Vegetarian Baked Spaghetti

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Vegetarians can get in on the classic comfort food that is baked spaghetti, too, with this recipe for spicy vegetarian baked spaghetti from Build Your Bite. What this dish lacks in meat it makes up for in spice, and it also enlists whole-wheat spaghetti, mushrooms, pasta sauce, and an Italian cheese blend. Make this vegetarian baked spaghetti for Meatless Monday, and you’ll never be so happy to see the weekend end. Who needs meat when you have cheese and carbs?

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 8 large garlic cloves, finely diced or minced
  • 16 ounces white mushrooms, diced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 jar of organic pasta sauce
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 7 ounces Italian cheese blend shredded cheese
  • 16 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti

See full recipe directions at Build Your Bite

7. Baked Spaghetti with Kale, Mushrooms, and Tofu Ricotta

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Buckle your seatbelts because we’re highlighting one more baked spaghetti recipe from Hummusapien that is vegan and enlists tofu. Hummusapien has a food formula for baked spaghetti with kale, mushrooms, and tofu ricotta that will convert all tofu-hating carnivores. One bite of this baked spaghetti and you won’t care that the tofu you’re eating is masquerading as ricotta, and you don’t even need to tell your dinner guests what they’re eating. If you want to enjoy your pasta but eat healthy, too, then this recipe is the one for you. Get your carbs, greens, and plant-based protein, and prepare for a comforting dish that will energize you without weighing you down.

Ingredients:

Tofu ricotta

  • 16 ounces extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • ½ cup roasted garlic hummus
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pepper, to taste

Baked spaghetti

  • 12 ounces whole grain spaghetti, uncooked
  • 32 ounces jar of pasta sauce
  • 2½ cups water
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ bunch lacinto kale, chopped

See full recipe directions at Hummusapien

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