Favorite Baked Spaghetti Recipe
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Favorite Baked Spaghetti Recipe

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This yummy spaghetti casserole will be requested again and again for potlucks and family gatherings. It's especially popular with my grandchildren, who just love all the cheese. —Louise Miller, Westminster, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 526 calories, 24g fat (13g saturated fat), 127mg cholesterol, 881mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 31g protein.


  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.
Originally published as Baked Spaghetti in Quick Cooking July/August 2005, p65

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linda101545 User ID: 1130286 260553
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2017

"Made this tonight, it is awful. If I wanted dry lasagna I would have made it. Made and baked according to directions. The recipe is not a saver! I am 71 and have tried a lot of your recipes, but this is the worst! Don't waste your time, make lasagna! Linda"

artichokequeen User ID: 4912851 260550
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2017

"This was so easy to make and everyone loved it!! Have made it several times, and will make it again, I'm sure"

foodz User ID: 4801250 260547
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2017

"I'm trying to understand where 191 people gave 5 star reviews. This was aweful. Been cooking for 40 years and my hubby and kids and foster kids all said this was the worst dish I've made. Followed the recipe exactly. I'm a devote Taste Of Home follower, but I'm questioning the "Test Kitchen Approved"! YIKES!!"

Gail User ID: 9027029 259465
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2017

"The whole family loved it! I'll definitely make it again."

djmcclimon User ID: 8470923 257370
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2016

"Really enjoyed this recipe. Will definitely make this again. I did reduce the spaghetti to 12 oz. Perfect."

jeanhflores User ID: 8285866 257173
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2016

"Really yummy recipe, and so easy to make. My guests all loved it!"

Debglass11 User ID: 6300479 256684
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2016

"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!"

grannybarbie User ID: 7796286 255077
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2016

"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...."

Ricky01 User ID: 8829464 248161
Reviewed May. 13, 2016

"Good and easy"

ABunn5691 User ID: 8849867 247776
Reviewed May. 2, 2016

"Way too dry. Just a clump of cheesy pasta. I will never make this again."

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