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Baked Spaghetti piece cut in a large square and served on a white plate
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Baked Spaghetti

This baked spaghetti is really easy to make, and is sure to become a family favorite. We start with convenience ingredients like jarred pasta sauce, but add a special touch with onions, lots of garlic, flavorful Italian sausage, and fire-roasted tomatoes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 557kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Onion finely diced
  • 3-5 Garlic Cloves minced
  • ¼ tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1 lb. Mild Italian Sausage casings removed or use bulk sausage
  • 28 oz. Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • 24 oz. Jar Pasta Sauce use your favorite brand and variety
  • 1 lb. Spaghetti cooked to package directions for al dente
  • Salt for the Pasta Water
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheese Colby + Monterey Jack mix, or use your favorite

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet or pot over medium heat. Add the onions, cook 3-5 minutes, until they start to soften. Stir frequently.
  • Add the garlic and oregano and cook 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  • Add the sausage to the pan and raise the heat to medium-high. Stir the sausage, breaking it up using a wooden spoon or a spatula. Cook approximately 5 minutes until the sausage is brown.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and the pasta sauce to the sausage and stir well. Bring the sauce to a simmer, lower heat to medium-low and cover. Cook the tomato sauce for 30-35 minutes, keeping it at a simmer. Stir occasionally.
  • When the sauce is almost done, preheat oven to 350°F
  • Cook the spaghetti according to package directions for al dente. Remember to salt the water. Drain the pasta.
  • Use a large, deep and oven-proof casserole dish or baking pan. Add enough meat sauce to the bottom of the casserole dish to cover. Add a layer of spaghetti, sprinkle about ½ cup of shredded cheese, cover with sauce. Repeat, layering the spaghetti, cheese and sauce, until all of the ingredients are used up, end with the tomato sauce on top. Reserve about ½ cup of cheese to melt on top at the end.
  • Place the casserole dish on a baking sheet, just in case it bubbles over. Bake the spaghetti for about 30 minutes.
  • Remove the baked spaghetti from the oven, top with the remaining cheese. Place it back in the oven and bake for approximately 5 more minutes until the cheese melts.
  • Let the baked spaghetti set for a few minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 557kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 1192mg | Potassium: 597mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 955IU | Vitamin C: 10.2mg | Calcium: 212mg | Iron: 3mg