Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs — Damn Delicious

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Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs

Traditional spaghetti and meatballs is turned into the most amazing baked cheesy casserole ever! A family favorite for sure!

A friend told me the other day that he wasn’t a fan of spaghetti and meatballs because it’s such a basic meal. And it is – it can get a little boring and dull.

But when you bake your meatballs on a bed of spaghetti and homemade marinara sauce topped with a crapload of cheese, there’s nothing basic about it. AT ALL.

I mean, it may just be the best spaghetti and meatballs you will ever have. Seriously. Even the spaghetti-and-meatball-hater inhaled about 4 servings in one sitting without uttering a single word. Boom.

Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Traditional spaghetti and meatballs is turned into the most amazing baked cheesy casserole ever! A family favorite for sure!

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 3 cups marinara sauce, homemade or store-bought
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

For the meatballs

  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 8 ounces ground pork
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup Panko
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9×9 baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine beef, pork, egg, Panko, Parmesan, garlic powder, onion powder, allspice and nutmeg; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch meatballs, forming about 18-20 meatballs.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add meatballs, in batches, and cook until all sides are browned, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.
  4. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well and stir in marinara sauce.
  5. Add pasta to the prepared baking dish and top with meatballs; sprinkle with mozzarella. Place into oven and bake until bubbly and heated through, about 15-20 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

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59 comments

Even though I’ve made many a pasta bake in my time, it’s never occurred to me to bake spaghetti – I know, I can be a little slow to catch on!! Actually I have been kind of avoiding spaghetti as, due to my health, I try to get dinner made in the mornings. This recipe means we can have spaghetti and meatballs now, without any stress. Thank you for solving a dilemma and inspiring me. Sammie.

Oh how yummy!! We always have homemade meatballs in the freezer. This would be a nice convenient way of making dinner. And although I think we make the best sauces in the world every now and then we buy a certain brand of the store-bought. Thank you for the inspiration. I’m excited to try it.

The link to your homemade marinara sauce does not seem to be working. I also went to your recipe tab to search for it, with no luck. Can you please check that so we can try to make the sauce homemade? Thanks!

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