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Baked Pasta with Spaghetti Sauce makes a wonderful, hearty meal for a family or even when entertaining.

Mercy! How is it possible to love Baked Spaghetti or Baked Ziti more and more every single time you taste it? Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve had it twice. Yes! You read that last sentence right. Twice in two weeks! It’s that good.

It reminds me of my Skillet Lasagna in how quick and easy it is to prepare and how much everyone loves it.

Baked Pasta with Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

For this baked pasta recipe, you’ll need:

  • pasta – spaghetti, penne, rigatoni, elbow, twirl, etc.
  • olive oil – if you omit the onion, you will not need the olive oil
  • onion – optional
  • oregano – use dried oregano if you plan to make ahead this recipe as a freezer meal
  • lean ground beef – you can also use ground turkey if you prefer.
  • garlic
  • tomato sauce
  • diced tomatoes
  • shredded Monterrey Jack cheese 

This baked pasta with a meaty spaghetti sauce makes one of the easiest meals you can throw together in a hurry.

One of the best parts of this recipe is that you can really use whatever type of pasta you have on hand and that you love. We’ve been rather obsessed with twirl noodles lately, so rather than using ziti noodles as I normally would, I used these. Of course you can use spaghetti noodles, ziti, penne, rigatoni, elbow, or any other type that will hold the sauce well.

As for us, we’re using twirls.

And there’s another little secret that this baked pasta recipe and I have for you, too. It is a wonderful make-ahead meal.

As in, the reason we had it twice in two weeks was that I made a double recipe and rather than freezing one of them, I stuck it in the refrigerator. I meant to share the second pan with my sister, but she’d already made dinner plans for her family so we had it again. And we loved it just as much!

We could have just as easily had a sandwich, a quick breakfast-type meal or any number of recipes that only take about 30 minutes or less to prepare. Heck, there are plenty of those on this website for goodness sake. But, I have to tell you. Right then and there, that pasta was even better than take out. Delivered at that.

Make Ahead Instructions

Prepare according to the recipe instructions and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 to 5 days.

Freezer Instructions

Prepare according to the recipe instructions. Do not add the cheese. Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

To reheat and serve, allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Top the baked pasta with cheese. Reheat and serve.

Here’s my baked pasta with spaghetti sauce recipe. I hope it you love it, too.

4.45 from 9 votes

Baked Pasta with Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Dinner 40 mins

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings 6
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Baked Pasta with Spaghetti Sauce makes a wonderful, hearty meal for a family or even when entertaining.

Ingredients  

  • 8 ounces pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 (26-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups Monterrey Jack cheese shredded

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
  • Cook noodles in boiling water according to package directions. Drain well. As pasta is cooking, drizzle olive oil into skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook for about 3 minutes until translucent. Add garlic and half of oregano to skillet with onions and cook for about 2 minutes. Add ground beef to the skillet, stirring often.
  • Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and additional oregano to ground beef.
  • Combine with noodles and pour into prepared baking dish.
  • Top with cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 531mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 304IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 315mg | Iron: 4mg

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