Leftover Spaghetti Bake is an easy way to really transform leftover spaghetti into a different meal the second night. You can use spaghetti with meat sauce or with meatballs in this recipe too! The sky is the limit.
This Baked Spaghetti recipe was born from the desire to have something besides leftover spaghetti the second night.
We love spaghetti around here and we make it often.
But it makes A LOT and there is always plenty left for dinner another night.
Sometimes I just want to do something different than warming up the leftover spaghetti in the microwave though.
So, this is how I throw the spaghetti together in a casserole dish to make it an entirely new meal.
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Key to Success #1 – Choose Your Own Adventure
This basic leftover spaghetti dish can be customized a zillion different ways but it all starts with your favorite spaghetti recipe.
My son, Noah, loves spaghetti and meatballs. He insists on the meatballs.
So my leftover spaghetti almost always has meatballs in it.
First, combine your spaghetti noodles and your sauce if not already done so.
You can add additional meat or additional vegetables to your spaghetti if you’d like.
You can add onions or peppers or carrots if you’d like but make sure they’re already cooked/soft before you add them since this is a quick-cooking pasta dish.
The amount of pasta you have is not super important either.
If you have at least 3-4 servings of pasta, I wouldn’t change the amount of the other ingredients listed in the recipe.
Key to Success 2 – Bake Covered
After you add the Italian seasoning, eggs, butter, and Parmesan cheese, spread the pasta into your greased baking dish and cover the whole thing with aluminum foil. (Does anyone still call it tin foil?)
You’ll bake the pasta for about 30 minutes covered with the foil.
Make sure the foil is fully covering the pasta so that it doesn’t dry out in the oven.
If you reach 30 minutes and you feel like your pasta is not warm enough, pop it back into the oven covered up to 15 minutes more.
Key to Success #3 – Sprinkle on the Cheese
I like to top this Spaghetti Bake with freshly shredded cheddar cheese but you could also use mozzarella cheese for a more traditional Italian spaghetti dish.
I’m a big fan of cheddar cheese on spaghetti though so I hope you’ll at least give it a try.
After you sprinkle the cheese on top of your oven-warmed spaghetti bake, stick it back into the oven uncovered for another 10 minutes or so until the cheese gets all melty and gooey.
If you have a broiler, you can use it to melt the cheese on top of this dish as well. Just make sure you watch it carefully so that it doesn’t get over-browned!
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that you can make this dish with fresh pasta as well.
I’d suggest using a half-pound of cooked pasta noodles (does not have to be spaghetti!) and a jar of prepared sauce.
I prefer the Prego Traditional pasta sauce but you can use your favorite variety or even homemade spaghetti sauce.
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- your favorite spaghetti recipe with sauce
- 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 9X13 inch baking dish.
- Combine prepared spaghetti with sauce, Italian seasoning, eggs, butter, and Parmesan. Spread into greased baking dish. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes.
- Remove foil and add shredded cheddar. Cook uncovered 10 minutes until cheese is melted.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 417Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 324mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 19g