Favorite Baked Spaghetti Recipe
- 1 package (16 ounces) spaghetti
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 jar (24 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 5 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 cups (16 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
- 4 cups (16 ounces) part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and seasoned salt; set aside.
- 2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, Parmesan cheese and butter. Drain spaghetti; add to egg mixture and toss to coat.
- 3. Place half of the spaghetti mixture in a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Top with half of the cottage cheese, meat sauce and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers.
- 4. Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 20-25 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 10 servings.
1-1/4 cups: 526 calories, 24g fat (13g saturated fat), 127mg cholesterol, 881mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 31g protein.
Reviews for Favorite Baked Spaghetti
"Really enjoyed this recipe. Will definitely make this again. I did reduce the spaghetti to 12 oz. Perfect."
"Really yummy recipe, and so easy to make. My guests all loved it!"
"Good casserole to feed a crowd. I made a couple of adjustments - instead of spaghetti sauce from a jar, I sauteed fresh garlic along with the onions, used 2 cans of crushed tomatoes and seasoned it accordingly. I also swapped the cottage cheese for ricotta and mixed the ricotta in with the parmesan and eggs, omitting the butter. Be sure to serve with extra sauce!"
"I am planning to make this and will try substituting cream cheese for the cottage cheese. Some of my family like extra sauce, so I always have extra sauce heated up and available for those that want to add more sauce to their spaghetti serving. Sounds so good it's making my mouth water...."
"Good and easy"
"Way too dry. Just a clump of cheesy pasta. I will never make this again."
"A family Favorite! I cooked the meat when I brought it home from the store and froze it.Then a few days later when I was ready to try the recipe it was so easy and quick to assemble. I will use extra sauce and cheese next time and invite a few friends over to share the meal with!"
"TastyTOM you're confusing weights and volumes. 16 oz of cottage cheese is more compact volume-wise than 16 oz of shredded mozzarella.Hope that helps.Sue StetzelOnline Community ManagerTaste of Home Magazine"
"Hi Louise Miller. Please explain how 2 cups gives you 16 ounces of cottage cheese but 4 cups gives you 16 ounces of mozzarella cheese. I mean, isn't 4 cups twice the amount of 2 cups? What am I not understanding? Thank you."
"This was just ok. I made as directed and it came out too dry for my taste. If I made it again I would add more sauce and see if that helps but as written this isn't something my family loved."
"For MtsBigMike, using melted butter mixed with the Parmesan cheese and eggs to coat the spaghetti will keep it coated with just enough oil that it doesn't absorb all the moisture from the spaghetti sauce and dry out while baking."
"I used ground Italian sausage instead of beef. This recipe definitely needs more sauce. I felt I could have made lasagne in the same amount of time this took to prepare. I also used ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese. It wasn't bad, but I wouldn't make it again...too dry ...might be a good idea when some reviewer said only use 12 oz of spaghetti"
"I tried this recipe several months ago and I make it often now.... it's always a hit. I'm not a big fan of cottage cheese so I substituted with Ricotta Cheese..... and it is just amazing :)"
"this is the perfect casserole to feed a crowd. I wouldn't change a thing."
"I want to try this but I need to know what the EGG/BUTTER mixture is for? I know egg is used as a binder but not sure in this case..is the butter just for taste?????"
"This is very good! I followed the advice of other reviewers and reduced the amount of spaghetti to 12 ounces and it came out of the oven just perfect. I love the fact that it has lots of cheese. This recipe makes plenty, so I divided it between two 8x8 pans; one for the table and one for the freezer. My husband said he would have preferred more sauce, so next time I'll increase the sauce a bit, although i liked it just the way it was. I plan to add some mushrooms next time, too."
"This recipe was a "keeper" per my adult DD! She rarely says that about recipes I try, but we all loved this one. Delicious!"
"This was super easy and delicious!! I divided the recipe by half and left out the cottage cheese (I ran out). I did add more sauce because I love sauce and it turned out really good. My whole family was impressed. I will be cooking this again."
"Too dry. Would use more sauce"
"Very good and easy! My husband made this all on his own!"
"So good! I guess the egg mixture makes the parm and seasonings stick to the pasta? At first my picky husband said quit trying new recipes all the time, just make regular spaghetti! After he ate it was OK!, That's a keeper!"
"I would like to try this. It looks so yummy. I do just have one question. Why the egg mixture?"
"Made this with a few changes. Used left over spaghetti sauce so did not do onion, beef, or peppers...parmigiano and cheddar cheese..also added italian seasoning to noodles and egg and Mozerella to cottage cheese. It got a definite thumbs up from my family."
"Very good. Family liked it, too! I think next time I will use a more flavorful spaghetti sauce and add a little bit more sea salt and pepper, as well. :)"
"Taste fantastic! My husband never comments on food too much, but we ate it again forlunch 2 days later and he said he forgot how good it was."
"Just plain AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! Love it!!!!!"
"Easy, quick and good - my kind of cooking. Reheated well."
"This one was good. My choice instead of the beef would be veggies, such as yellow squash and eggplant. Slice them and salute these slices in a little butter and olive oil EVOO, and do the layering accordingly. You can also vary the cheeses, using cheddar instead of the Mozzarella.Just my choice...."
"This reads like a wonderful recipe; if I make it (and I will), I'll have to share it with my coworkers because otherwise, I'd eat the whole thing over several days by myself, LOL. I like how it seems to be a simplified version of lasagna, one of my personal favorite dishes, but more work than I want to put into something just for me. This dish will be easy, and the leftovers will provide delightful lunches for a week!"
"I used garlic powder instead of seasoned salt and ricotta instead of cottage cheese. Very good."
"This was very good! I used double the sauce since the reviews said it could use more and turned out perfect. I will make this recipe again. Makes a large amount."
"I don't have a 3 qt dish, so I decided to halve the spaghetti and the sauce, but not the beef or the cottage cheese and mozzarella. I baked it in a 2-1/2 qt dish and it spilled out a little, but turned out so good!! Probably could have used more sauce, my fault, but it wasn't dry.....the ultimate comfort food and I will make this again, frequently!!!"
"This recipe was excellent!!! It was extremely easy to make, and better than using lasagna noodles. I will never make it using lasagna noodles again. Lasagna noodles can sometimes be rubbery or dry, but this recipe was verymoist. If you wait 20 minutes it will cut into squares so nicely. It was a hit with my family they said it was amazing!!!"
"This was fantastic! I never follow an exact recipe being a gourmet cook so I tweaked it alot. I added fresh tricolor peppers, fresh mushrooms, diced red onions and used half maple pork sausage and half ground sirloin and saut?ed them together with fresh garlic, parsley and rosemary. Used both ricotta and cottage cheese and layered it with 6 cheese Italian and mozzarella. Made a huge amount! Also doubled the sauce. My husband and teenager daughter devoured it and my husband has enough for lunches at work for a few days."
"Very good but needed more sauce as others stated. Makes a huge dish....I need to cut the recipe in half."
"I love this recipe, it's a family favorite... I make this and freeze half for late thaw and heat. With salad and French bread 30 min wala..."
"Very yummy...my family loved it!"
"Very tasty, quick and easy to make. I always add more Italian seasoning, fresh garlic, a dash of red pepper, a little sugar too. I put a 5 blend of cheese as well as the parmesan cheese.and mozzarella."
"I made this for dinner tonight, and although it was okay, I was on the dry side. Don't think I will make it again."
"If you are going to freeze half of this, do you bake it first and then freeze?"
"Everyone loves it!"
"This was delicious! I used brown rice pasta as we don't do gluten; I also used olive oil instead of butter - it was terrific. I was going to use ricotta, but I didn't have enough - the cottage cheese was great. I did use a 3 quart casserole - I think next time I'll use a 9x13 pan. We actually had only enough left for my husband's lunch! Very good. I'll add spinach next time. BIG hit!"
"Absolutely wonderful. It's hard to please everyone's specific tastes these days but this recipe hit the mark. My whole family loved it. Had enough for leftovers too!"
"Call this baked spaghetti all you want.. just wow"
"Going to make this tonight wish me luck"
"Really good! Easy and makes great leftovers!"
"Great recipe! I used ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese and increased the amount of sauce used. I also used an Italian cheese blend instead of mozzarella. An overall great dish that can easily be adjusted to your family's taste."
"Great base recipe. Per the previous reviews, I did use 46 ounces of sauce as opposed to the 24 ounces that the recipe suggested & it wasn't dry at all. Additionally, I made the following changes: 1/2 lbs. each of ground turkey & ground turkey sausage to replace the 1 lbs. of ground beef, ricotta replaced cottage cheese, 4 cups of 3 cheese blend instead of plain mozzarella, fresh garlic, fresh basil & thyme, crushed red pepper flakes in the sauce, romano instead of parmesan, &12 ounces of whole wheat pasta. Overall, it is a great base recipe that can easily be adjusted to fit your personal taste. I didn't realize that it made so much & since I am only cooking for one, I will definitely halve the recipe next time & freeze in individual portions."
"A huge hit with my family. This will be a regular event. I did use ricotta instead of cottage and I used some buffalo moz for an extra yum. I also used more sauce. A good easy recipe."
"Very good! Like many other reviewers I used Ricotta cheese instead of cottage. I also used a shredded 6 cheese Italian blend (mozzarella, provolone, parmesan, asiago, fontina & romano) instead of just mozarella- and I used 3 cups instead of 4. You will also need more sauce for sure I used a 45 oz Ragu. 16 oz of spaghetti noodles is really too much, you could easily go with 12oz. This yielded a huge amount of baked spaghetti. I had a full LARGE glass casserole dish and had to bake the excess in another smaller glass pie casserole dish. Add or subtract ingredients as you see fit, but overall it's a delicious base recipe."
"I tried this recipe for the first time. It was a big hit with my family. The only variations that I did was to add a can of diced tomatoes, a can of sliced mushrooms and a 45 oz jar of Prego meat flavored sauce, instead of the 24oz jar, stated in the recipe. I baked it a 50 minutes, with only 10 minutes uncovered. The casserole was moist enough, yet thick enough."
"This is a DELICIOUS recipe that I will make again and again. Only one thing I would change and that is to add MORE spaghetti sauce as it was a little dry. I also had more sauce on the side to add to the top of each serving."
"The green leaves in the picture look just like the leaves on my oregano plant."
"This was a huge hit. I followed the other reviewers' recommendations and used an extra half jar of sauce, and 3 cups of mozzarella rather than 4. I made mine vegetarian using meatless crumbles and sauteed green pepper and mushrooms with them. I used a large casserole dish. Was a hit with friends and family. Highly recommend."
"Need more sauce. 24 oz of sauce is not enough."
"ww this is 11 points"
"I make this and it is very good except I use Ricotta and if l am short on Ricotta l will mix and grind up some Cottage and mix in with it. I also use some of my ingredients to put more flavor to it. Also I have added different type of pasta sometimes you have a little bit in jar a little bit in another so I just cook all together one thing l do is that l never cook as long as the directions says because it finishes cooking inthe sauce l go about 3 minutes less in there cooking time. One of the reviews a person by the name of CaArJoSi he wonder what the green was on top I do belived that it is Green Onions they cut off the green stems finely. Thank you Taste Of Home For The Recipe !!! auntbea (From Maryland)"
"What's the green that's in the picture?"
"NO cottage cheese please....RICOTTA RICOTTA RICOTTQA"
"Easy and delicious dish."
"ADD SAUCE AND SEASONING, HOMEMADE MARINARA IS WAY BETTER.."
"Loved it. I used a 20 oz jar of Bertolli marinara, added garlic to the hamburger, and used riccata instead of cottage cheese. It was good!"
"This was the worse casserole I ever made. I did not use all the spaghetti that it called for and it was still to much. Not enough sauce no taste needs garlic and italian seasoning but made it just like it called for. My family hated it it went in the garbage"
"Loved it! I may use slightly more sauce next time. Perfect for a cold day or a Church potluck."
"I made this for lunch...Wished I had of read, and heeded, the others on the sauce...It could have used more....I only used 12oz of spaghetti and that was plenty...I , also, added crushed garlic, a can of mushrooms, green peppers, Italian seasoning and Oregano to the meat....I could see why it would be bland without those addtions....I only had 3 cups of Italian blend cheese and that seemed plenty...I am glad to know I can freeze it, as it made a huge dish full...I will make it again, but half the recipe by cutting back on the cheese and pasta.."
"The difference between 4 and 5 stars for me was the need for more sauce. Although I read the reviews prior to making it, I thought I would use the amount specified in the recipe the first time making it. I will double the sauce next time. I did use ground pork sausage instead of ground beef, ricotta instead of cottage cheese, and two cups of an Italian-blend cheese instead of four cups. I also added garlic and mushrooms with the meat. I also only baked about 10 more minutes after removing the foil. This makes a lot, and I agree this would be great for a potluck or for a family in need."
"This is delicious. Definitely use 2 jars of spaghetti sauce and even a few less noodles. Everyone who tries it wants the recipe. Froze the left-overs as there is only my husband and me. Great left-over as well."
"Absolutely delicious!! I made this for the first time 3 days ago and it was a hit with the whole family. The recipe was enough we had left overs and was still as wonderful reheated. Highly recommend, the kids will love it. Would also be a fabulous dish for a carry-in."
"WOW!! What a fantastic kick in the taste buds this dish was!! Tastes just like something my wonderful mom would have made for me after a long day at school! I doubled the sauce and added garlic powder and more seasoning salt + black pepper to the meat while frying it. I will be making this again and again until I turn into a flabby old man!!! Nice work people!!! :-)"
"Why do people post to attack, and not even leave a review. I did make this dish and it was very good. I left out the onion and didn't add any extra sauce as baked spaghetti is suppose the be drier. Just as I remember as a child."
"I'm also tired of the food police and their comments. I can read the nutritional facts. I'm also able to decide if I want to eat it or serve it. Find another site to preach on."
"Very tasty and easy to prepare. I added a lot more seasonings to this though. I added garlic and crushed fennel to the ground beef mixture and used ricotta cheese that I seasoned also.Perfect for feeding a crowd!"
"I do not like posting about a recipe I have not made, but this sounds like a keeper to me. My comment is that I am tired of the recipe police telling us that a dish is not healthy...keep it simple...just do not lecture...just say I made this using xyz and it was good...."
"This was ok. Unfortunately I didn't read reviews like I normally do before making recipe and ended up with a pretty bland, very cheesy and dry dish. Additionally, there's no need to make this so fattening. Next time will use hot Italian turkey sausage, skim cottage cheese, half the mozzarella cheese and will add green peppers, mushrooms, garlic and an extra jar of sauce like other reviewers mentioned."
"Made this Baked Spaghetti for dinner this evening. It was very good. I did not have any seasoned salt to add. I thought it was fabulous with out the salt. This is a keeper. Yes, I'll make again"
"Great meal with lots of leftovers"
"I love this recipe! It makes more than enough for a family of 5! In fact, the next time I make it will freeze half. I will say that I agree with other reviews that it needs a little more sauce. I think I will try added additional half jar the next time I make it. I also used half ricotta and half cottage cheese to add a little more pizazz to it. Wonderful recipe, one I intend to numerous times!"
"Everyone loved this recipe! I left out the onion and used two jars of sauce. I mixed one and a half jars with the beef, and poured the remaining half a jar over the final meat sauce layer. New family favorite. Leftovers were great re-heated too."
"Whole family loved it!"
"So far my favorite baked spagetti huge hit for apot lucko;)"
"Loved this dish. My grandchildren loved it too. I will be making this dish for Sunday family dinners for sure!"
"Not bad, but kids say they would prefer I pick one or the other - spaghetti or lasagna."
"My favorite,love to make for a crowd...but I need to know, can I freeze it,unbaked,and thaw and bake when I need it?"
"I am a huge spaghetti fan, but I've had some bakes before and didn't really care for them. This is sooo good! Followed the recipe and found it is just as good reheated."
"Makes lots and its nice and cheesy. Coating it with the egg/parmesan mixture makes it more of a stick to your rib casserole."
"Made this tonight for dinner - delicious!! I did add a little more sauce, and added green pepper and fresh mushrooms to the hamburger while it cooked. To lighten a little, I substituted olive oil for the butter. Wonderful!! This will be a go-to recipe!!"
"I made this dish tonight and it was fantastic! I followed one reviewer's suggestion and modified the cheese: instead of 4 cups of mozzarella (I was confused by 4 cups = 16 oz as called for in the recipe), I used 12 oz mozzarella plus an oz bag of Italian blend cheese. It came out great and my nephew loved it. The only suggestions I'd make is to watch it carefully when baking uncovered in the last 20-25 minutes and make sure you use the 3 quart baking dish. I think my cheese was a little overcooked, but it still tasted good and yields a lot of spaghetti. It may not require that much time.."
"I really wanted to try this recipe, but there is just the two of us. So I cut the recipe in half, I did use the full amount of spaghetti sauce. My baking times were also cut in half. THIS IS SO YUMMY!!! Very moist and lots of flavor, ( I use Emeril's original seasoning on all ground beef). I was able to freeze the leftovers and it reheated very well in the oven!! This will be a keeper recipe!!!"
"I just made this last night, with a few changes based on what I had on hand. First I sauteed the onions in olive oil and left out the ground beef because my husband doesn't care for meat in spaghetti sauce. I added fresh garlic to the onions a few minutes before they were done. I added seasoned salt to the egg mixture... next time I think I will add a little more. I used Tony's creole seasoning and a little bit of Mrs. Dash Table blend, because that was all I had. I used ricotta cheese instead of cottage because that was what I had on hand, and I used 1.5 jars of spaghetti sauce based on comments I read by other reviewers. It was definitely VERY moist and I think would be if you make it as is, but if you prefer a lot of tomato sauce and a little less cheese, I'd say add the extra. My husband thought it'd be good for me to use both jars but you'd probably want to use a much bigger pan for that. The flavor was great! I loved the texture that the noodles got from the egg mixture, especially the end pieces (which i don't typically like). I don't understand why someone would comment on this as bland... I make a wide range of food items, anything from a jar of spaghetti with a box of pasta, to homemade pasta with a from scratch sauce... this was definitely not bland! I would like to try this recipe with green pepper and italian sausage!"
"The recipe sounded good but it was very disappointing. I added garlic and mushrooms to the hamburger as it cooked. The flavor was very bland....not nearly enough sauce or flavor for the amount of noodles. I have discarded this recipe as I will not make it again."
"We used TVP instead of Ground Beef - tasted great! Also, husband made way too much pasta - but we used it all. Used only 1 cup of cheese. Added a can of diced basil tomatos. added layer of fresh spinach and used ricotta instead of cottage cheese. My 2 year old loved it! As did husband. and with all the pasta made it streach to another casserole dish and took it to grandparents who also loved it! However, husband did say he's adding spicy sausage next time. Glad he's going to cook! Thanks, this is going in the family recipe book."
"We have a restaurant here named Cheddar's that serves a recipe called Baked Spasagna. Obviously by the name you can tell it is a baked spaghetti /lasagna type dish. It is one of the most requested menu items, but trust me, THIS version is even better!! Extra sauce and shorter baking time is recommended to help the dryness factor. Other than that,this is Fantastic!"
"Been using this recipe for years. It's always a hit. I have made it easier by mixing everything together instead of layering it. Makes it prettier too when serving. I have never had anyone say this isn't great. (Hint: If you break the spaghetti in thirds when cooking it, it makes it easier to mix.)"
"Easy to make, easy to please the masses and great leftovers!"
"I made the recipe exactly as written. There was way too much spaghetti for the amount of sauce...very dry on bottom. And the flavor was a bit bland. I was disappointed."
"Reviews are right! I made the recipe..added garlic and oregano...doubled the spaghetti sauce...did half ground beef and half ground sausage. It was amazing!!!I had my family over (a dozen people) for sunday lunch. We had salad and garlic bread with the baked spaghetti. Huge likes from the family. I will make this again and again! :) Thanks Taste of Home!"
"My kids loved this recipe and it was easy to make and not expensive. You may want to use a deep 9 X 13 baking disk."
"This is a great recipe! My family loves it!"
"This recipe is unbelievable! I like a lot of flavor, so I modified by adding 4 cloves of crushed garlic in with the onion when I browned the ground beef. Once cooked and after drained, I added rosemary, oregano, and basil to the ground beef. I used ricotta instead of cottage cheese, and I also used two jars of sauce, which I highly recommend. Soooooo good!!!!"
"so so so Great"
"This sounds yummy with the cottage cheese, I make something similar with diced tomatos & mushrooms instead of sauce and cream of mushroom soup on top with parm & cheddar cheese. It's one of my favs and one of the few leftovers we always eat!"
"Easy to make and absolutely delicious!! My family suggested that I make this whenever they visit."
"I felt it needed more everything...more meat-next time I will also add Italian sausage, more sauce and mushrooms."
"I lightened this up and everyone loves it. I use multi grain angel hair pasta, ground turkey, and fat free cottege cheese"
"This recipie is the Spaghetti pie recipe with a few changes. I like the Spaghettie pie in the deep dish pie plate. I also use my own sauce instead of canned. When I make sauce I make about 10 pies for fmily and friends. They freeze well(baked or un baked) If cooking from frozen, take out night before and put in fridge, then bake as directed 45 minutes covered with foil, 15 minutes uncovered in 350 degree oven."
"Yum! I can tell this would be great as written. But I added an extra 12 oz of sauce and some green bell pepper, used ricotta instead of cottage cheese, and an italian blend instead of mozzarella. It made a huge amount, which is good...this should make great leftovers! Will definitely make again."
"This is so good. I use 3 jars of spaghetti sauce instead of just 1. It's become a favorite recipe."
"We've made this before and it's always been popular. This time we used 2 pkgs of 16 oz. thin spaghetti noodles, 2 jars of 24 ozs. spaghetti sauce, 3 eggs, 2/3 cups parmesan cheese (left the other cheese as is), a container of 16 oz cottage cheese and a small container of ricotta cheese combined. We also used 2-1/2 lbs of meet and added olives and mushrooms. Yum!"
"Easy and yummy! Just a perfect blend. I did add a little extra sauce, based on the reviews."
"Very yummy. It is amazing how something so simple can taste so good. My family (and even me) get tired of traditional spaghetti and this version was a nice change of pace. I halved the recipe and it fed my family of 6 well. I did not halve the beef though, I used a whole pound. I also used 2 eggs but I might use only one next time. I did not have cottage cheese on hand so I used about 1/2 cup of sour cream in place of it. Overall, a very good simple classic American dinner that I will be making again. I have made this a couple of times- once for a family in need."
"The family enjoyed this dish, and, at their request, I sent some home with the grandkids."
"This was delicious & really easy, but made a ton! I think you could easily cut this in half for a family of 4 or freeze half of it for later."
"This sounds a lot like a recipe that we call Spasagna (spaghetti lasagna)."
"This is the best baked spaghetti recipe."
"Such a good recipe. I use 2 jars of sauce also. I think it would be too dry for me using just one jar."
"I have a regular baked spaghetti recipe I use but I thought I'd give this one a try and was glad I did. It is so different from the other one but equally good. Good tip to use extra sauce. Mine did get a little dry."
"Just made this and loved it. Only changed a few things: when making the ground beef I added green peppers, garlic, italian seasoning and left out the season salt. Made for a really nice twist to spaghetti."
"I tasted this yummy spaghetti version when my husband & I were invited to dinner at his aunt & uncle's house. We both loved this and I asked for the recipe. I've made it several times since then and it is always gobbled up quickly! I also make it healtier by using whole grain pasta and fat free cottage cheese and 2% mozzarella cheese & lower-fat Parmesan cheese. I can't tell the difference between the original and my lower fat version! Either way, it is delicous!!"
"This was delicious, but it's horribly unhealthy if you make it as stated. You can easily make it lighter by using margarine instead of butter, whole grain pasta and reduced-fat cheeses. I did 2 cups of cheese instead of 4 and thought it was plenty cheesy. Also, I did mushrooms instead of meat, but you could do ground chicken or turkey instead as well."
"Way better than just regular Spaghetti. Coating the noodles in the egg/cheese mixture makes them extra tasty."
"This recipe is fantastic! Although, I did add additional sauce to prevent dryness and a little more cottage cheese. Everytime I make this , the recipe is requested."
"Like some of the previous reviewers, I added additional sauce to prevent dryness and only baked for 30 minutes. It turned out quite nicely, tasting much like lasagna. It is far better than traditional spaghetti, I think."
"When I make this again, I will break the spaghetti into shorter pieces for easier serving."
"Too chessey for Me and the Hubby. Kids would like this recipe tho!"
"Everyone loved this casserole. Did not deviate from the recipe ingredients. This one is a keeper!"
"everything is pre-cooked - no need to bake for an hour again- tends to make it a bit dry -"
"It's a good dish. The problem I have is it taste like a lasagne with out Italian spices. Next time I make this recipe, I will add basil, Oregano Leaves and Garlic. . I do think children will love this recipe. My husband said the recipe was only ok. But I think his answer was prejudice. He was expection Spaghetti and Meatballs."
"Excellent -- made this for my husband, mom, and dad the other night and everyone loved it! Very easy and very cheesy."
"<p>This was so scrumptious and satisfying on a cold winter's night! I am a bit puzzled, though, by the ingredient amounts called for. For instance, the amount of cottage cheese seems skimpy compared to the amount of mozzarella. And next time I will probably use a jar and a half of sauce as it was borderline dry. It also seems like an extremely long time to bake...I will cut that back to 30 minutes next time. But these are minor adjustments...I loved this dish!</p>"
"This is amazing! Hubby says i'm not allowed to make 'normal' spaghetti again hehe"
"Excellent recipe. My granddaughter and I enjoyed it. I especially like the flavor of the cheeses that come through. I will be making this again."
"I would give this 4-1/2 stars. We enjoy this recipe and now include it in our regular monthly rotation. Even if your kids are not a sauce lover, they will still likely enjoy this as one of my kids does. This recipe is easy to make, makes a lot, and is tasty."
"This recipe is GREAT! My family loves it. I maded it quite a few times. I added frozen spinach to the cottage cheese .(Thaw & Squeeze out the water from frozen spinach before adding)"
"This is a wonderful dish. I used Ragu CHUNKY garden sauce. Also, used small curd cottage cheese... and Mozzarella cheese... Will use two dishes to bake it in next time... and freeze part of it... yum..."
"This is wonderful ... I add a touch of garlic .. It also makes a large portion is I make as 2 8x8 .... One for the freezer"
"Great recipe, and my four young kids loved it! I've made this a couple of times--it makes a LOT, so from now on I'll bake half and freeze half because we couldn't finish all the leftovers. I cut the amount of butter in half. I also add about 50% more tomato sauce than the recipe calls for because I love tomatoes."
"My family really likes this version of baked spaghetti! I made a few adjustments that we like...I always add minced garlic and Italian seasoning to my meat as I am browning it. I also usually use a larger jar of tomato sauce because I like sauce. I have even used this meal to take to a friend after her daughter's surgery. They have a very large family, so I made a double batch. They raved about it too! They said it even was liked by their "picky eater" in the family."
"This is very easy and a big hit with my family of 5! They are fussy eaters and this is a nice dinner to make everyone happy!"
"i used italian sausge and it was great.."
"Very very good! I add little bit garlic to the spaghetti sauceand and I recommend to put less butter to the spaghetti."
"My husband LOVED this recipe! He said it's a better version of lasagna :) It was really easy and yummy so I'll be making it again soon!!"
"Pretty easy to make and I loved it"
"My new FAVORITE spaghetti recipe. I don't know if I'll ever make "plain" spaghetti again!"
"This has become a family favorite. Super easy and really, really tasty!"
"This is so good. I make it gluten-free by using gf pasta. I always add a can of diced tomatoes. It makes the dish a bit soupy, but I like it better with the addition. This goes a long way."
"Love this recipe! Very easy to make and everyone loved it."
"I agree-this is easy and tasty too! I actually made a double batch and it didn't last long around here!"
"Yummy and easy, my two favorite things!"
"Very delicious!! My husband enjoyed this very much! Where it calls for 4 cups (16 ounces) part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese... I used 2 cups of mozzarella and 2 cups of an Italian blend (Romano, Parmesan, etc.) DELICIOUS!! YUM!"
"Very good & easy recipe! I skipped the meat and the eggs and used dried onions, but kept all other portions the same & it turned out great. Next time I think I'll use another half cup of sauce, but it was great as-is."
"This was really tasty. I used classico spicy sauce. Really a nice rich dish for little effort. Generous size servings."
"Double the amount of sauce. PERFECTO!!"
"This dish was very easy to make and assemble. My family loved it and will make again."
"This is simply delicious."
"I doubled the recipe and cooked in my roaster oven for my son's graduation party. It went over so well I realized I should have tripled or quadrupled it! It is my favorite Taste of Home recipe."
"Just wanted to add, buy small curd cottage cheese. I also use dried onion flakes."
"I make this recipe all the time. It is great for company. When I make it for my family of 5 it easily feeds us for 2 meals. Sometimes I even freeze half of the recipe for a later date. My daughters request this all the time."
"I made (2) for church potluck by the time I served the Children and cleaned up a bit there was nothing left for me. Everyone loved it . This was so easy to make.Thank youPS: I used dry onions and Margarine, because I cant' have raw onions and butter.I guess no one knew the difference."
"Great recipe but I substituted ricotta for the cottage cheese and added a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes to kick it up. Another reviewer recommended using 1/2 pound of ground Italian sausage and I'm going to try that too! Served this with a salad and garlic bread & it was gone in a flash!"
"I bake a whole recipe and freeze half."
"made this for my crew at work when we had to work overtime. they loved it and i had to take recipes in next day."
"My husband and 3 kids gave this a huge thumbs up! And they are fussy! Will definately make this again and probably will make this for friends in need."
"This was ridiculously good! Couldn't stop eating it and neither could my guests."
"This is one of the best spaghetti recipes that I have ever made. I have also baked at for my church and church members as well"
"One of our favorite recipes to take camping. The kids love it and we have plenty of leftovers for lunches when the kids don't like the other foods we have made. Thanks for the sharing the recipe it's a keeper!"
"Great recipe, my family loved it, even my young boys!"
"I make this all the time. My son loves it! Since we are a family of 2, I cut the recipe in half and use an 8x8 pan, but I still use a full jar of sauce. He likes it saucy! I make this for us at least once a week. Big thumbs up!"
"Yum! A super fun way to mix up "boring" spaghetti."
"It was so easy to make and it tasted very good. I would absoulty make this recipe again."
"Followed the recipe exactly and my mother and I found it was tastless, will not be making again!"
"This was excellent! I added about a 1/2 pound of Italian sausage to the ground beef. As the meat was cooking, I seasoned it with salt, pepper, and a little Worcestershire sauce. I used about 1.5 jars of Prego Fresh Mushroom Sauce. It was very filling and there is plenty remaining for leftovers. I will definitely make again."
"Absolutely delicious! I have shared this recipe with friends who can't get enough of it! Thank you!"
"I loved this recipe. I did make one change and used ricotta instead of the cottage cheese."
"my family with 3 young children, Loved this! Made enough for us to eat it twice! Definately going into the dinner rotation!"
"This was sooo delicious!"
"I have made this twice now and will make it for years to come. It's DELICIOUS! For most things I use Prego sauce...but for this recipe I'll use Ragu-it clings on to the pasta rather than absorbing into it."
"Hi everyone, thank you for commenting on one of my all-time favorite recipes. I hope you find the make-ahead information useful and easy-to-do! As I continue to write my blog, I will try to?include with my favorite recipes any tips that I've learned along the way.Enjoy the Baked Spaghetti!"
"Thanks for the comments from Amy's blog for preparing ahead of time:"I would prepare the entire recipe, except for sprinkling the last layer of mozzarella cheese and baking it. Then let it cool completely uncovered in my refrigerator. Once cooled, I would top it the cheese and cover it with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. By double wrapping it, I was able to make it 1 to 2 days in advance without the sauce soaking majorly into the spaghetti. I got good at attaching the baking instructions with a side note to remove the plastic wrap and let the pan sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking. Then it was bake as directed; however, important to note after the first bake to check it was hot enough before baking it without the foil.""
"I love this tasty casserole!"
"A short-cut for this would be to use leftover spaghetti - spray dish with Pam, spoon in plain spaghetti, then the meat sauce; top with pepperoni slices, sprinkle with cheddar cheese and Parmasean. Bake until heated through & cheese melts. (smells like an Italian Eatery!)"