Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Cheesy Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs is a fun new way to serve this family favorite comfort food! Add this dinner recipe to your menu for spaghetti with a twist. A simple casserole made with layers of pasta, marinara sauce, cheese and meatballs.

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs is a new fun way to serve this family favorite comfort food! Add this dinner recipe to your menu for spaghetti with a twist. A simple casserole made with layers of pasta, marinara sauce, cheese and meatballs.

It was time for traditional spaghetti and meatballs to get an update. This family spaghetti dinner is baked into a casserole. Meatballs, cheese, noodles and sauce all baked to perfection.

For this dinner recipe I started by Opening up a Bottle of the Good Stuff! Classico Riserva Pasta Sauce is made with no artificial ingredients or added sugar. Classico Riserva’s vine-ripened tomatoes are picked at the peak of sweetness and are perfectly balanced with herbs and spices, extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of sea salt, then slowly simmered to perfection. So opening a bottle of Classico Riserva Pasta Sauce is like opening a bottle of fine wine.

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I chose the Roasted Garlic Classico Riserva Pasta Sauce, of course. This recipe calls for 1 (24 oz) bottle of pasta sauce. That creates a great pasta casserole with noodles that are lightly coated with sauce. If, like me, you prefer a saucier dish go ahead and use 36 ounces of sauce. Or heat up sauce to serve on the side. That way everyone can use as little or as much sauce as they prefer.

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs is a new fun way to serve this family favorite comfort food! Add this dinner recipe to your menu for spaghetti with a twist. A simple casserole made with layers of pasta, marinara sauce, cheese and meatballs.

Once the meatballs are browned and the pasta is boiled it is just a matter of layering. Sauce. Noodles. Meatballs. Cheese. More Noodles. More Sauce. And More Cheese.

Then bakity-bakity-bake.

baked spaghetti

Once the meatballs are cooked through and the cheese gets super melty, you are good to go! Dig In.

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs is a new fun way to serve this family favorite comfort food! Add this dinner recipe to your menu for spaghetti with a twist. A simple casserole made with layers of pasta, marinara sauce, cheese and meatballs.

This makes a fantastic family dinner. It would also be perfect for inviting friends over to enjoy Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs, wine and good conversation. Dinner parties don’t always need to be super fancy. Sometimes good ol’ comfort food with a unique twist will do the trick.

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs is a new fun way to serve this family favorite comfort food! Add this dinner recipe to your menu for spaghetti with a twist. A simple casserole made with layers of pasta, marinara sauce, cheese and meatballs.

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Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs
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Meatballs
  1. 1/2 Lb Lean Ground Beef
  2. 1/4 Lb Italian Pork Sausage
  3. 1/2 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  4. 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  6. 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  8. 1 teaspoon Dried Italian Seasoning
  9. 1 Large Egg
  10. 1/4 Cup Whole Milk
Baked Spaghetti
  1. 16 ounces Spaghetti Noodles - break in half and cook according to package instructions
  2. 24-36 ounces Classico Riserva Pasta Sauce*
  3. 3 Cups Shredded Mozzarella - divided
  4. 1 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Meatballs
  1. In large bowl, combine all ingredients. (pour milk over the bread crumbs) Mix by hand until just combined, do not over mix. Form into 10-12 golf ball sized meatballs.
  2. Working in two batches, fry in large pan over medium heat. Continually rotate meatballs until all sides are dark brown. Transfer to tray.
Baked Spaghetti
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Cook and drain pasta.
  3. Spread half pasta sauce into 9x13 baking dish. Top with half the spaghetti noodles.
  4. Nestle meatballs into pasta then top with 1 cup mozzarella and 1 cup parmesan.
  5. Distribute the remaining spaghetti noodles then evenly spread the remaining sauce.
  6. Top it all with 2 cups mozzarella and a sprinkle of parmesan.
  7. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 5 more minutes. (broil 1 minute for browned top - optional)
  8. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. *24 ounces for lightly coated noodles. If you prefer a saucier dish go ahead and use 36 ounces of sauce. Or heat up sauce to serve on the side.
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Cheesy Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs is a new fun way to serve this family favorite comfort food! Add this dinner recipe to your menu for spaghetti with a twist. A simple casserole made with layers of pasta, marinara sauce, cheese and meatballs.

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Comments

  1. A Epshteyn says:

    I like this idea! But, I’m thinking summer dish – so I plan to make these with more veggies in the meatballs and to make these in individual smaller bowls so its lighter (and for 2). Ever since I got Fiestaware and can bake in them, I really like making individual eats. This will be super tasty!

  2. I am so hungry right now and seeing this is driving me crazy, it looks amazing!

  3. Cheesy and delicious! Pure comfort food—Italian style!

  4. I’ve never tried this version of Classico before, but I can’t think of a better way to enjoy it than with meatballs!

  5. This is absolutely stunning. I love spaghetti and meatballs. This is such a fun recipe. I adore the Classico sauces. They are such great quality. Your photos are stunning.

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Thanks Kim! I love Classico too. I’m having it tonight, in fact 🙂

  6. I dish we all love to eat now you make it easy to make, thank you .

  7. Sometimes nothing beats the classic when it comes to comfort food! These are some of the very few jarred sauces I actually like, so much easier to throw together a dish like this when you don’t have to make your own sauce!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Absolutely! I am loving the convenience and flavor of the Classico sauces!

  8. Lauren says:

    I would use this sauce to elevate my lasagna.

  9. Connie Conti says:

    Love this recipe Nicole ,will be trying this Classico sauce & making this over the weekend for my family .Thanks for sharing it with all of us .

  10. Amazing recipe! Thanks!

  11. Lauren says:

    What temperature should I bake this at?

  12. Lauren says:

    Nevermind I read the instructions lol

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