Baked Spaghetti Casserole
My family requests this recipe every year for birthday parties and other events! It's crowd- and family-friendly, as well as easy to make ahead and then refrigerate!
My family requests this recipe every year for birthday parties and other events! It's crowd- and family-friendly, as well as easy to make ahead and then refrigerate!
This recipe is delicious as WRITTEN! Great for a large family gathering. To the reviewers criticizing this recipe questioning "why make this recipe instead of lasagne" and "this is a copy of a BHG recipe from 30 years ago shame!" Please don't leave negative comments and ratings about the recipe when you haven't make it-- also your malicious comments are TOTALLY out of line. Go make some sugar cookies and put a smile on your face!Read More
This recipe is delicious as WRITTEN! Great for a large family gathering. To the reviewers criticizing this recipe questioning "why make this recipe instead of lasagne" and "this is a copy of a BHG recipe from 30 years ago shame!" Please don't leave negative comments and ratings about the recipe when you haven't make it-- also your malicious comments are TOTALLY out of line. Go make some sugar cookies and put a smile on your face!
I made this last week and it made a TON of food. I gave a nice portion to a neighbor, and the other we ate every other night for a week. I used ricotta cheese, and I make my own sauce using Papa John's Pizza Sauce recipe, which is sweet, spicy, and perfect for baking. To Answer Angelina, the reason this is so much better in some ways than lasagna is that the pasta is delicate (I used Angel Hair) and it absorbs every delicious drop of sauce. It is simple to prepare, too, and with another dollop of sauce over it, tastes better the next day. To each her own, and buono appetito!
I did use ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese. Family preference. I did also added cooked ground beef as suggested. Finished off with a salad and italian bread. Fabulous. Thanks for an easy way to put a spin on an old favorite.
Replace the spaghetti with spaghetti squash for a gluten-free dish. Yummy.
I made this following recipe and ALL 3 kids loved it!! That rarely happens! I added a lb of gr. chuck but otherwise followed exactly. I thought to myself while making, surely this cant have much flavor...but it did. It was great. Definitely will be making again. If it can make every person in a family of 5 happy....it's a keeper in my book :)
I've made this for years, using ricotta instead of cottage cheese!! I, sometimes add a little meat and make more than the 12 oz. though, because everyone wants seconds!! You can never have too much!! To the person who commented about "who doesn't cook lasagna noodles", I don't, and never have....just add extra homemade sauce!!
Add spiralized veggies for added nutrients.
Great recipe! I used ricotta instead of cottage cheese. I also added ground beef and extra mozzarella. Thank you for the recipe!
Made this for the guys poker night & have to say they loved it. I'm thinking I need to add this to next months Senior Center Menu. Thanks for a easy, quick & yummy dinner!!
I started making this recipe over 30 years ago -- a family favorite! I lost the recipe about 10 years ago and tried to recreate it recently. So grateful to see it here! This was the original recipe I clipped from Southern Living but over the years I changed it just a little adding ground meat to the sauce and exchanged the cottage cheese for ricotta. I also brush the edges of the pasta "crust" with olive oil just before baking to make it golden & crisp.
I made this in jumbo muffin pans & my kids LOVED it! I put meatballs on top that were lightly browned during the cook time. It wasn't very saucy, but it came out perfect-I'll Definitely be making this recipe again! TY!!
This was a hit with all in the family, which is a rarity. I would have given 5 stars but the recipe as written was pretty bland. When I make it again I'll add some sauteed onion, garlic, basil and/or oregano to give it some life.
This is something different--doesn't taste like either but yet, a bit of both. I'm always trying to find a new spin on the same ole same ole, so thank you for submitting this recipe!
This is a delicious dish. I did double the mozzarella cheese. Next time I will try with Ricotta. Served with BBQ Italian Sausage and a salad. Perfect
At one time, this was a recipe I used for left over spaghetti. Now, I make spaghetti and meat sauce specifically to make spaghetti casserole as I think I prefer it over regular spaghetti. There are SO many ways in which to vary this recipe.
It is not up to us to question why someone created a recipe. I, for one don't understand eggplant. However, I am not about to criticize someone because they created a recipe with it. This is a good jumping off point recipe.
An outstanding recipe! I made a lower calorie version using a combination of zucchini "noodles" and regular pasta (not sure if all zucchini would've just gone flat upon cooking--plan on trying this next time), used egg beaters in place of the eggs, no-fat cottage cheese and my own homemade spaghettis sauce with meat. Even my picky 18 year old liked it, the rest of my family LOVED it!! I don't think I'll ever go back to lasagna again!!
Very good. I'd make again. Made 6 servings. Changes: put pepperoni slices (and possibly black olives) over the Mozzerella cheese layer (which we added more than called for) then coat pepperoni with shredded cheddar cheese layer. Also can poke the spaghetti sauce through the noodles to disperse it throughout.
I made this with leftovers after having a double batch spaghetti dinner the night before. I had also cooked extra spaghetti noodles al dente, so it was just a matter of assembling and baking it, resulting in a new and different dinner with almost no extra work. I put it in a deep dish pie pan to bake and sliced it into wedges. (The spaghetti sauce had ground beef, hot Italian sausage, onions, mushrooms, celery, green pepper and about 2 tablespoons of cream cheese in addition to the tomato sauce.)
My teenage daughter, husband and I loved this dish. It was nice and firm and a quick simple replacement for the long preparation of lasagne. A five star in my opinion!
Made as directed except I added ground beef. I think it would be fine using just two eggs and you need twice the cottage cheese than what's called for.
I added a pound of cooked spicy Italian sausage. This recipe was great! This one is going to become a regular.
Awesome dish! I used 2 cups of mozzarella cheese. If pasta is drained well, it shouldn't be watery. Yum!!
I’ve also been making this for years. I always substitute the cottage cheese with ricotta, and along with the ground beef I add hot Italian sausage that has been browned with onions and garlic. My family prefers the hot over the mild but I have used both and it’s just as good! I tweak the jar sauce a bit so it tastes homemade without having to cook it for hours. ( a couple of cans of tomato sauce, some beef stock, fresh basil, etc. usually does the trick). Also, I have found that after I melt the butter, letting it cool a few minutes before I add the Parmesan cheese and beaten eggs, in that order, avoids the “scrambled egg” effect. It makes a delicious coating for the noodles that makes this recipe a hit. I’ve become famous in my family for it. You will too!
Yummy is the first word that comes to mind. After reading how much this made from others I reduced the recipe in half since there is only 2 of us. (8oz speg) I didn't want to waste or eat this for the rest of my life if ya know what I mean. The only other change I made was with the cottage cheese. It was just one of those things in my mind that made me shake my head at the thought of cooked cottage cheese. So to be fair I did put cottage cheese on half. Hubby liked it but I think my brain was still saying no way and I couldnt get up the nerve to try it. So I loved my half w/o cottage cheese just as much as Hubby liked his with it. One note of caution. Let the spaghettii cool a little before ading egg mixture or you will have scambled eggs
We really enjoyed this. The only changes I made were I used ricotta cheese and I had homemade sauce. Will definitely make again.
Simple recipe, incorporated the eggs and Parmesan into my baked spaghetti recipe because mine always tended to dry out and clump a bit.
I made this several times now, and all love it! A true WINNER! nancy
I made a similar recipe before and found the spaghetti to be a bit bland. I made this "lasagna style" with 2 layers and it turned out real tasty. I probably used more than 28 oz of sauce because I had some in the fridge that I'd made a couple days before. I'm sure I'll be making this again.
My mom has been making this my entire life, now I make it. Except we don't put eggs and cottage cheese in. We add cooked Italian sausage to the sauce and spread grated cheese over the top, then bake in a covered casserole dish. Yum!
my mom made this same recipe throughout my childhood, and I've always loved it! I use waaaayyyy more mozzarella and add a lb of ground beef, but the base recipe is a winner for sure.
This was phenomenal!! Definitely a recipe I will put in the rotation of meals for my family. Thank you for sharing!
Very easy to make and would serve an army. When I don it again I am going to add pepperoni or Italian sausage and perhaps some onion. It it's worth making again
Made this exactly as the recipe calls for for a friend after they had a baby. Wasn't sure about trying a new recipe for something like that, but we loved it so much, it's in our regular rotation for dinner!
Quick and tasty recipe. The whole family loves it.
Great recipe. Excellent as leftover. made with cottage cheese... Next I will use ricotta...
Super easy to make and tastes great. I used ricotta and added ground turkey for extra protein. My husband isn't a big fan of spaghetti, but liked this. The kids loved it too. I added extra sauce to the leftovers, as it was a bit dry.
I made it per the recipe but added diced green pepper. It was pleasantly delicious! I will definitely make it again.
I had to reduce the quantities of each ingredient in order to use up the amount of leftover spaghetti that I found in the refrigerator and still stay true to the recipe. I must have gotten it right because the result was an outstanding dish according to my wife. This recipe is a keeper!
Was a great meal and comfort food for the week!
When mixing the eggs, butter & parmesan cheese to the cooked spaghetti i got scrambled eggs. I'm just a dad that tried to fix dinner and didn't know this would happen. BUT... it was still very tasty.
Added a title more sauce, was very good
This is a delicious way to use up leftovers The addition of eggs, butter, cheese make the pasta into a custard like first layer. I used leftovers. I used a 11x8 casserole dish, cut the number of eggs to 3, and used ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese.
I've made this twice now. The first time I used cottage cheese, the 2nd time ricotta. I didn't like the ricotta as well as the cottage cheese so when I make it again I will use cottage cheese. And I also added ground beef. We think it tastes the same as lasagna and much easier.
This was great! However I always replace butter with coconut oil. This time my husband bought the virgin kind of coconut oil which tastes like coconut. So it tasted like coconut which was kinda gross. But I think with the regular kind and adding sour cream this would be awesome.
A Big Hit !!
Great recipe to start with! I added ground beef browned with chopped garlic, onion and some seasonings. I also used ricotta instead of cottage cheese. Tasted awesome! Next time I make it I will add more cheese but I only had the amount of cheese the original recipe called for in my fridge at the time. Very good template! Fill it in to you and your family's likes and dislikes!
Easy and versatile Feeds a crowd
My family, picky grandson included, loves this casserole. They want to eat at Mimi's house whenever it is on the menu! I add cooked meat to the sauce, substitute ricotta for the cottage cheese, and make no other changes.
Great recipe! My family loved it! I added a cup of parmesan & a little more mozzarella to make it more cheesy. I will definitely make again.
Even better with leftover frozen homemade sauce.
I made as is. For some reason it was watery, even after cooking an additional 25 min and letting sit...otherwise it's less labor than lasagna
I made recipe according to directions with exception of using cottage cheese, I used ricotta instead based on other reviews. I also added about 3/4lb of lean ground beef. My kids loved it! And they are a really hard crowd to please! My daughter had her friend over the day after I made it and they heated some up for lunch and her friend loved it too and asked how to make it so she could tell her mom. I think it is better heated up the second day. Only thing I wasn't pleased with is that the sauce didn't really get down into the pasta during cooking, am wondering if that is because I used ricotta instead of cottage cheese or because of eggs mixed in with pasta madei it now fluffy on that level and sauce couldn't absorb.. So if you really want to taste the sauce I exommend hearing some up to spoon over it. Overall this is a really good receipe, easy to make and like I said, great to heat up on second day - tastes even better then! I am going to continue to experiment with it and plan to make it often - my kids love pasta dishes!
This is so much better than lasagna because it not dry. I added a half pound of ground beef and it was really good. I'm thinking italian sausage or even kielbasa would be amazing in this recipe. Maybe next time.
Like a previous reviewer stated, the sauce stays on top regardless of my attempt to puncture the spread so that the sauce dips or spills into the noodles....In addition to that, it really lacked flavor despite my addition of salt, pepper and oregano. I would strongly suggest altering the recipe to your liking with regard to seasoning and layering.
This is an easy dish to do, I mixed the recorta cheese with mozzarella cheese to give it elasticity , recorta cheese is quite neutral and need a kick, and mixed Romano with mozzarella cheese for topping to add test and color, it was great, try it!!
This was good and I will make it again. However, I will definitely spice up the ricotta with some garlic and Italian seasoning.
It was great. I added 1 green and 1 red pepper, and mushrooms.
The only change I made was to use ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese. Other than the fact that I believe it could have used some additional salt, it was a very good recipe. I took it to a potluck luncheon and everyone was very complimentary. I will make this again.
I followed this recipe but used whole wheat penne (family preference), added a little more sauce, and a little more cottage cheese. It turned out great! Will make again.
My family did enjoy this. I did add a pound of ground beef to it. It really makes it a hardier meal this way. I also added some seasoning to the spaghetti/egg/cheese mixture. The cottage cheese actually worked well. I will try ricotta next time to see how that differs.
It tasted great but it gave everyone in the house really bad gas. Because of that reason only, we won't be having it again. It's not an error on my part nor were any of the ingredients spoiled.
Great dish. Easy to prepare. It is now a staple recipe in our house. I have started doubling the recipe so the kids can take it to school throughout the week.
It was delicious great for a cold winter night.
was easy n cheep to make. a fun little dish. kids will enjoy it. I made it as is
Excellent! Added beef to the sauce and layered on top. Very good. Makes a ton so will have leftovers for a week!
I always intend to go exactly by the recipe but I never do! I made this with cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese...a whole container of cottage cheese 16 ounce… Five eggs… A jar of vodka cream sauce 24 ounces… A 16 ounce jar of Trader Joe’s pizza sauce… I used five eggs instead of four… A 16 ounce box of small elbow macaroni…2 tablespoons of butter… It came out freaking amazing!
Made this recipe essentially as written the first time (except I added ground chicken) and found it was delicious - but too bland.Since then, I've added crushed garlic, Italian seasoning, parsley and diced mushrooms to the chicken, and found the flavour much improved! This has become a family favourite. A great make-ahead alternative to traditional spaghetti.
I've made this twice now and the change I made was I used a combination of mozzarella and Colby Jack. Everyone raved!
I've made this 3 times and it makes a lot of casserole, but we love it. It's a great casserole to take to those in need of a meal. In fact it's my new go to meal for that purpose.
This is a family favorite when meat is added. Pair it with salad, garlic bread and a nice red wine...delicious and simple.
Pretty straightforward: spaghetti and cheese...what’s not to love?!
This is the best spaghetti casserole recipe I have had the pleasure of making and consuming. I had been using a couple of recipes and my whole family agreed this one was the best. I made a double batch to have plenty for lunches and another dinner. I followed the recipe exactly but added two pounds of ground beef. Mmm!!
This is a lot like the casserole I make with leftovers. I had never really thought of making a scratch version. It leaves the door open to all kinds of innovations. The next time I try it I want to add some Italian sausage and some more Parmesan to the mix.
I added a bit more cheese...it was awesome!
I used this recipe as a guide for what I had on hand and my family really enjoyed this dish!
This is a super easy and convenient recipe for a family or casual dinner with friends. Not wildly exciting but very tasty and satisfying. Substituted ricotta and used vegetarian crumbles sauteed in onion, garlic and red pepper to kind of perk up the sauce (which i almost doubled). Will make again - maybe with spinach or some kind of green for variety.
My boyfriend loves this. Followed the recipe and added hamburger.
I made this just as written and we thought it was good. I think next time though, I will mix the sauce in with the spaghetti mixture.
Really easy and tasty. Curious what it would taste like with 1/2 cottage cheese and 1/2 ricotta.
I have 3 grown men and myself to cook for. It will definitely be on our menu again. I did add a little hamburger to it. It was delicious
This recipe was great! It made a lot of food, so the next time I'm invited to a potluck. I will be taking this. I used ricotta cheese because I don't care for cottage cheese and I used more mozzarella cheese than the recipe calls for. I also seasoned some ground beef and added onion to my dish.
Big hit with everyone in the family except one picky eater. Wasn't a big fan of the egg bottom. Will try 2 eggs next time!
This was fantastic; only changes were to use Ricotta instead of the cottage cheese and fresh basil. Oh, and an extra egg. Both my children asked for seconds (VERY rare) and my husband said it took all the discipline he had not to. :-) Thanks for the nice and easy recipe!
Outstanding recipe. Quick and easy to make. I always made a meat recipe with my own home made sauce in the past but lost the recipe. Nice to have a meatless option. No changes to the recipe. I don’t like it when people review and say I added this and that. If you do that then write your own recipe! This was awesome as written. Will definitely make again. Thanks!!!!
Lovely333 - how lovely of you to share this recipe with us! We made for a meatless Monday and DIDN’T! CHANGE! A THING! My carnivorous husband loved and this recipe is now a “what are we going to make!?!” go-to for us! Thank you!
Awesome dinner for a crowd..
a great casserole wonderful for company
I made this according to the recipe. It did not have enough flavor for me. Next time I would salt and garlic to the cottage cheese mixture. Perhaps some jalapeno to spice it up.
I used ricotta cheese and added cooked ground turkey, delicious. Everyone loves it!
We love lasagna and spaghetti and so I thought this would be a winner. Instead, we found the spaghetti became too dense when heated horizontally and the sauce stayed mostly on top. We kept adding sauce as we ate it but overall were disappointed.
We loved this dish. It is comfort food at its best. I did make some changes, not because the recipe was flawed but just out of personal preference. I did add ground beef which made it very filling, a very hearty dish. It called for a jar of spaghetti sauce but I made my own with onions, celery & mushrooms. I also added extra mozzarella cheese (you can't have too much of a good thing! ) My only complaint would be that the spaghetti layer was bland so next time I would add a little more seasoning to that portion, otherwise it is a stunning recipe and I will make it again & again.
This recipe is amazing. I made it with a meat sauce instead of just spaghetti sauce and my husband and picky eaters ate half the pan. I also never had cottage cheese so I never added it but it still turned out great. This one is going down in the recipe book forever.
Ricotta and Mozzarella, the only way to go, great flavor and texture, now a staple in our home!! thanks...
Really easy to make and a great way to use leftover spaghetti. I added a little more sauce so it didn't dry out.
The recipe was very easy, to make, and turned out delicious. We usually don't eat leftovers, but my husband and I were thrilled to have enough left over for the next night.
Really good. I substituted venison for the ground beef and it was awesome. My hunting husband loved it.