Beneath the peanut butter cups, bacon cupcakes and jelly beans, I found the desire to make this baked spaghetti.

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It was a miracle really.

But I wanted to make you dinner. Yes, you over there… on the other side of that screen.

Baked Parmesan Spaghetti I howsweeteats.com

See, I don’t really love spaghetti, but most people do. It’s the whole tomato sauce thing that I’m not so keen on. But you most likely love crushed tomatoes pureed into oblivion with garlic and spices. Am I right or am I right?

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If you don’t, you’re gonna have to do some pretending. Since youre coming for dinner and all.

I’ll make sure to have other delicious things on the table too.

Like toasty garlic bread that is glistening with melted butter and freshly grated parmesan cheese.

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And wine. Do you like red or white?

And maybe even rum.

I like to mix it up.

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And salad. Lots of salad. Mainly because I won’t be eating any of it. I made it for you.  Just for you.

See? I like you.

I really like you.

Baked Parmesan Spaghetti I howsweeteats.com

Baked Parmesan Spaghetti

serves 4-6

3/4 pound whole wheat spaghetti

1/2 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 1/4 pounds ground beef (I used 93% lean)

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

10-12 fresh basil leaves, chopped

2 cups of your favorite pasta sauce

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep water to boil for pasta. I cooked a spaghetti with a 10-minute cooking time for 7 minutes since it was going in the oven.

Heat a skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. Add onions with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and saute until soft, about 5-6 minutes. Add garlic and stir for another minute. Season ground beef with the teaspoon of salt and pepper and add to skillet. Break apart with a wooden spoon and brown on both sides. This should only take about 5-6 minutes.

Stir in one cup of pasta sauce and half of the chopped fresh basil. Mix to combine, then add in pasta and toss. Spray a 9×13 baking dish (or baking dish of your choice, I used an 8-inch round, 4-inch deep dish) with non-stick spray. Add half of the spaghetti mixture to the dish, then top with 1/2 cup tomato sauce and half of each cheese. Add the remaining spaghetti and top with the rest of the sauce and cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown and bubbly.

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Remember, you don’t get dessert unless you eat your dinner. That’s a rule in this house.

[One that I never follow.]

 

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162 Responses to “Baked Parmesan Spaghetti.”

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    Aimee Shugarman — April 12, 2011 @ 7:08 am

    Yum. I love baked spaghetti but haven’t made it in years (I think that’s going to change soon). My mom always added a can of Campbell’s Cheddar Cheese to the sauce before baking. So good and creamy. Looks delish, thank you for sharing!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — April 12, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    You’re too cute. Thanks for having us over for dinner, that’s very thoughtful of you. So what’s for dessert! ;-)

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — April 12, 2011 @ 7:11 am

    I love inviting everyone over for dinner parties – it’s one of my favorite ways to post. :) I truly do love spaghetti.. and tomatoes… the chunkier the sauce, the better.

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    Haleigh — April 12, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    One of the few things that my mom used to cook us when I was younger was baked spaghetti, but I’m sure it was nothing like this! Looks amazing!!

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    Marisa @ Loser for Life — April 12, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    Yum!!! What’s for dinner tomorrow? Same time? :)

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    Melissa — April 12, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    You are the sweetest! For the record, I’m not much of a spaghetti fan, either, but that looks incredible. I would even eat 2 helpings if it meant more of your dessert!

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    Heather — April 12, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    Seeing that big dish of comfort makes me want to have a big ol’ family-style-pass-it-around-the-table dinner. Delicious! And I could dive right into that browned & bubbly cheese photo. Killer.

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    Holly — April 12, 2011 @ 7:25 am

    Mmmm I love baked spaghetti! Cannot wait to try out your recipe, I know it’s better than any that I have made before :)
    Jess, you are an awesome writer..seriously. I always love your stories with each recipe. You always make me laugh :)
    Thanks again for starting my day off with a smile!

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    • Jessica — April 12th, 2011 @ 9:36 am

      Thanks for making my day Holly!

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    Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen — April 12, 2011 @ 7:26 am

    Ohh – this looks awesome and I’m not even much of a spaghetti person! I prefer a thicker noodle – but I neeeeeeeeed to make this!

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    • Jessica — April 12th, 2011 @ 9:35 am

      I usually do too… you gotta try it!

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      • Baking 'n' Books — April 12th, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

        You could probably use any type of noodle though right?

        DON’T like tomato sauce?!! Eeek – I pretty much drown whatever I’m eating – meat, veggies, pasta, anything goes – in pasta sauce…and cheese – gotta have the cheese of course ;)

        Can I come live with you please?

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    Vicky @ Recipe Adaptors — April 12, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    Oh boy. That looks like a prime candidate for Friday night’s dinner!

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    Kim in MD — April 12, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    I’ve never had baked spaghetti, but it looks delicious! I love the presentation of the crock on the napkin with the bread and basil- gorgeous! I would love to come to dinner…I would eat everything, including the salad, so I could have dessert! :-)

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    • Jessica — April 12th, 2011 @ 9:35 am

      Thank you so much Kim!

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    Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews — April 12, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    That looks delicious! Especially that chunky meat sauce. I think I’m going to make that tonight.

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — April 12, 2011 @ 7:32 am

    We love baked spaghetti! Looks delicious :)

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — April 12, 2011 @ 7:34 am

    I haven’t made baked spaghetti in so long! This looks great– I love the little individual serving pots!

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    Holly @ The Runny Egg — April 12, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    That pasta looks delicious — and I love that little crock you are serving it in. How cute!

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    Nicole, RD — April 12, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    That looks so cheesy and good! I love the fresh basil in there… :) Mm! Gorgeous photos!

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    • Jessica — April 12th, 2011 @ 9:35 am

      Thanks girl!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — April 12, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    Like you, I’m not an enormous fan of spaghetti – but it’s not the tomato sauce, I think it’s just the messiness of it. (I’m the messiest eater ever!!) I’ve never tried baking spaghetti before, but it sounds delicious!

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    • Jessica — April 12th, 2011 @ 9:35 am

      You may like it! I did, and I was surprised.

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    brandi — April 12, 2011 @ 7:55 am

    I used to get this every time at Fazoli’s when I was growing up. For a while, that was our family’s lunch spot after church on Sundays.

    I need to make this!

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    Heather — April 12, 2011 @ 7:56 am

    geez, finally…i’ve been waiting for my dinner invite for a while now! :)

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    Erica — April 12, 2011 @ 7:58 am

    I’ve never made baked spaghetti. Looks so good. Josh is not a tomato chunk fan, so I always have to process our sauces to oblivion. I take tomatoes in all forms ;).

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    Gen — April 12, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    I’ve never tried baked spaghetti, but it looks really, really tasty!
    I’ll try to fly in for dinner……might be a little late though… :P

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    • Jessica — April 12th, 2011 @ 9:34 am

      I’ll wait up. ;)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 12, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    I’ll be right over and red or white both work for me:-)

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    kate@ahealthypassion — April 12, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    This seriously looks like the most amazing comfort food ever!

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    Annie — April 12, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    This looks wonderful. I’ve never made a baked spaghetti. Also, you photos today are gorgeous! :)

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    • Jessica — April 12th, 2011 @ 9:34 am

      Thank you Annie!

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    Liz @ Blog is the New Black — April 12, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    This looks liek a tasty alternative to lasagna!

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    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — April 12, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    I love baked spaghetti! :)

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    Kelly — April 12, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    Thanks for making me dinner…I mean afterall it is my birthday! :) Thanks for the FB wishes! You’re the best!

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    mary (sisters running the kitchen) — April 12, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    i’d love to come over to dinner…especially if you’re serving this!!

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    Heather — April 12, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    Thanks for cooking dinner, my boys love baked spaghetti. I think it is all the gooey cheese.

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    Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) — April 12, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    I now really really really want some italian food :-) this looks bombv!

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    Alicia — April 12, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    Holy that looks so delicious! Is it wrong to want to eat that amount of baked cheese at 6 am??

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    • Jessica — April 12th, 2011 @ 9:32 am

      Never.

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    Rebekah @ Making Miracles — April 12, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    Saving this one! Yumm! :) (Yes, I am a crushed tomato with garlic and spices lover!!) :)

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    Woah. You cannot beat chewy salty creamy cheesy pasta. Those pictures are faaaaantastic! I am so happy I found this. (Insert hungry-happy dance!) Great site, I need to go visually graze now!

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    • Jessica — April 12th, 2011 @ 9:31 am

      Thanks so much Michelle!

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    Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food — April 12, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    there is nothing better than broiled cheeeeeese

    hmmmm more food porn ;)

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    Julie @ Shining From Within — April 12, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    Mmmm im sooo coming over!

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    alison @ Ingredients, INc. — April 12, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    looks fantastic!

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    Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me — April 12, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    My fiance loves anything pasta and meat sauce related. SO when I make this for him I know I’ll get super brownie points. Then when he’s full and happy, I can attack with, “honey buns did you remember to put down that stuff on the lawn?” ;)

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    • Jessica — April 12th, 2011 @ 9:31 am

      Hahahah. This is my ammunition too!

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    Paige (running around normal) — April 12, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    Baked spaghetti>regular spaghetti
    Cheesey, HSII baked spaghetti>regular baked spaghetti :D

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    Ashley — April 12, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    I’m definitely coming to dinner to enjoy this dish! Oh, and your company too of course! This looks incredible!

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    EatLiveRun — April 12, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    It should tell you something that, at 7am, I’m drooling over this spaghetti.

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    Jihane @Sinful Sundays — April 12, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    That gooey cheese on top is my favorite part. Yum! Your pictures look like the paintings that are hanging up in my kitchen. They’re so pretty. (Your pictures, not my paintings)

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    Shannon — April 12, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    Wow. This looks amazing.

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    Jill {i run i eat} — April 12, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    That looks delicious! I’ve never had baked spaghetti. I’m def going to give this a try…soon!

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    Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviews — April 12, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    Yum! This looks good. I almost always make something like this with our leftover spaghetti. I love how some of the noodles get crispy…so tasty!

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    Krystina (Organically Me) — April 12, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    Wow, these are the most beautiful pictures you’ve ever posted. I love them so much.

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    • Jessica — April 12th, 2011 @ 10:29 am

      Thank you so much!

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    Shanna, Like Banana — April 12, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    Why is that baked pasta tastes a bazillion times better…my guess is the cheeeeese!

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    Kristi — April 12, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    The photos are so beautiful in this post! The color combos and lighting are great. How could someone NOT get hungry after reading it?

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    AliSue — April 12, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    I am a huge pasta fan and this is perfect timing for today is plot out meals for next week day! This is going on the list for sure, thank you so much!

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    janetha @ meals & moves — April 12, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    These photos rock the house. er.. kitchen. Good work.

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    • Jessica — April 12th, 2011 @ 11:07 am

      Thanks!

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    Joanna@ Drizzle of Sunshine — April 12, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    The only thing better than baked spaghetti is fried spaghetti leftovers…and it’s best to add more cheese. :)

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    • Jessica — April 12th, 2011 @ 11:07 am

      Fried spaghetti?! Never had it! It sounds delicious though.

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