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Cheesy Baked Spaghetti

This delicious recipe, served with garlic bread and a salad is the perfect weeknight meal. The dish can be made ahead and reheated in the oven.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 321kcal
Author Christine Mello

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 8 ounce Rotellini noodles cooked according to package directions and drained
  • 3 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 cups shredded Italian Cheese shredded Cheddar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp dried Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp dried minced onion
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 x 13 bakig dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large skillet coated with olive oil,add the beef and begin to brown. Add to the browning meat - 1 tablespoon garlic, 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning, and 1 tablespoon dried minced onion. Cook together until no pink remains and the ground beef is cooked. Drain if needed.
  • Into the skillet, add the can of Italian sauce, remaining tablespoon of minced garlic, Italian seasoning and dried minced onion and tomato paste. Add salt and pepper and stir until combined.
  • Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add the cooked noodles to the skillet and stir to coat the noodles with sauce.
  • Pour the noodle, beef and sauce mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  • Top the mixture with 2 cups of cheese, making sure that all of the noodle mixture is covered.
  • Place dish in the 350 Degree oven for approximately 40 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and bubbling.
  • Remove from oven, let cool for 5 minutes and serve hot!

Notes

A jar of spaghetti sauce can be substitued for the homemade sauce, with no simmering needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 882mg | Potassium: 618mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 459IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 3mg