School Cafeteria Spaghetti


There were only two things that created a buzz around school when I was growing up: upcoming teacher workdays and spaghetti day in the cafeteria. School spaghetti was one of my favorite dishes then, and it still is now! Try this simple, yet more grownup, version.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
8 servings


  • cooking spray

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • ½ green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 envelope dry Italian salad dressing mix (such as Good Seasons®)

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef

  • 1 (26 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

  • 1 (16 ounce) package spaghetti

  • 4 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.

  2. Heat oil in a wide pan over medium-high heat. Saute onion and bell pepper in the hot oil until soft, 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Mix Italian dressing mix into ground beef and add to the hot pan; saute until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain. Add spaghetti sauce and simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain and add beef mixture; mix well. Transfer to the prepared casserole dish and top with Cheddar cheese.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is browned, about 10 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Use you favorite spaghetti sauce for this.

You can use a red bell pepper instead of green if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

759 Calories
40g Fat
57g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 759
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g 51%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 995mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 539mg 41%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 686mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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