A Family Favorite – Baked Spaghetti {Recipe}


Oh how our family loves spaghetti. Well, we love any pasta really – except for my husband who has a very limited list of foods he likes! One family favorite and a recipe I love to use when we have guests is baked spaghetti. It’s easy to prepare, and you can even use leftover spaghetti and turn it into a new dish!

Easy Baked Spaghetti Recipe

When I verbally share this recipe I usually say “make your spaghetti how you usually do” (or use leftover spaghetti) and then go into details about the baked part, but for the sake of a complete recipe, I will share how I make the spaghetti as well! Of course, you can definitely substitute what I use for your own favorites or make your own tomato sauce and shredded cheese!

Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Serves 5-9 people
Prep time: around 45 minutes

What you Will Need

16 oz Package of Ground Beef
1 Bottle of Tomato Sauce
1 Box (16 oz/1 lb) of Spaghetti Noodles
Garlic Salt (To Preferred Taste)
8oz Package of Cream Cheese
8oz of Shredded Cheese (I use a finely shredded blend)

What to Do

You will start with the first four ingredients to prepare your spaghetti

Easy Baked Spaghetti Ingredients

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Bring 4-6 quarts of water to a boil in a large pan
  • Add a few sprinkles of garlic salt to the water
  • Once the water is boiling, add the spaghetti carefully to the water and bring the water back to a boil
  • Stir pasta occasionally to avoid sticking
  • While pasta is boiling, prepare the ground beef in a 10 inch or bigger skillet
  • Sprinkle the ground beef with garlic salt and brown it in the skillet

Easy Baked Spaghetti Ground Beef and Noodles

  • Drain the spaghetti
  • Combine the cooked spaghetti, ground beef, and tomato sauce in a large pot
  • Mix Well

Easy Baked Spaghetti Mix Well

Easy Baked Spaghetti in Pan

Next you will get out your last two ingredients: Cream Cheese and Shredded Cheese. If you’re preparing your own shredded cheese, be sure to grate it finely.

Easy Baked Spaghetti Cheese

  • Soften the Cream Cheese if necessary – it needs to be easily spreadable
  • Spread the Cream Cheese on the Spaghetti in the baking dish

Easy Baked Spaghetti Cream Cheese

  • Sprinkle the shredded (or grated) cheese on top of the spaghetti and cream cheese
  • Place the baking dish in the oven

Easy Baked Spaghetti in Oven

  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes (or until the cheese is melted)

Easy Baked Spaghetti

To serve, I cut it in squares like you would with a lasagna and serve with a large spoon or spatula. To use leftover spaghetti, simply add it to the pan (a smaller baking pan fitting for the amount you have left), add then follow the end of the recipe starting at the Cream Cheese. Enjoy!

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  1. Catherine Tellier

    What a wonderful and delish sounding recipe. One I could even do. Spaghetti is one dish I can make. This is a wonderful twist to an old favorite!

  2. oh boy, will you invite me for dinner when you are making this?!! woops I fogot I need to make it myself! I love this recipe, and can’t wait to try it!

  3. I’ve been told you don’t have to even prepare the spaghetti first. Just throw it all in layered and bake.
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    • Interesting. I haven’t tried that, but it doesn’t take long to prepare the spaghetti first, and I’m usually cooking the sides for our meal at the same time, so it kind of flows nicely this way.

  4. The next time I make spaghetti I will have to try this…looks good.
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  5. vickie couturier says

    that looks so good and easy to make,,my husband would love this

  6. Oh my…..This sounds amazing! I will be trying this.

  7. My Aunt has made this before. And it is really delicious. Thank you for the recipe.

  8. We have tried this recipe and it is so delicious. Thank you for the recipe

  9. ah yes – now i know what to do with all that spaghetti I been getting good deals on 😀
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  10. Karen Nadeau

    This sounds like a great easy recipe. I never made baked spaghetti. I will have to try this. Thank you.

  11. Edna Williams says

    That sounds really delicious!

  12. denise low

    Thank you for the recipe. My favorite is spaghetti. Now I will have to try the baked spaghetti.

  13. I definitely will bookmark this recipe and try it with my family. Thank you for sharing, it is sounds delicious!

  14. That sounds so yummy. I love that it has cream cheese, and bet that would be amazing. I am going to try this soon!

  15. We are always looking for different ways to prepare our “Italian night” meals!

  16. This looks like something that would be a hit at my house. We are pasta lovers too. Add some garlic bread and this is perfection.

  17. Jodi Hunter

    This looks so yummy. I will be trying this next week for sure.

  18. (A Family Favorite – Baked Spaghetti {Recipe} This is one recipe that I know my family would enjoy eating for dinner some night soon. I like that it also has cream cheese in it, (yummy)

  19. This looks so good and easy to make. I am always looking for new recipes for pasta. My family will love this. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Cathy Thompson

    This does sound yummy! We will have to give this a try, sound yummy! We love fried spaghetti also it is really good leftover the next day.

  21. Elizabeth Tarlow

    This recipe sure sounds like a winner!! I know that my husband would love it, so I must make it 🙂 I love how easy to prepare it is, and the addition of Cream Cheese!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  22. Wanda McHenry says

    I haven’t tried baked spaghetti yet, but when I saw the cream cheese I jumped with joy! I will definitely try this soon. Thanks for the recipe!

  23. This baked spaghetti recipe looks so yummy. I can’t eat a lot of tomato sauce anymore so I can use less and more cheese. Thanks for sharing.

  24. I often have left over pasta that I end up tossing. This is a new recipe to me.It sounds interesting.

  25. We love spaghetti. I’m wondering how it will be with cream cheese in it? I just may have to make it to find out.

    • Surprisingly, I’m not a huge cream cheese lover. I don’t dislike it, but it’s generally not on my list of ingredients I tend to use. It really adds something to this recipe, though, and I’ve made it that way ever since!
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  26. shannon fowler says

    this looks delicious. i wonder how it would turn out if we used zucchini pasta or a spaghetti squash

  27. Phyllis Huebbe says

    Sounds yummy

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