Spaghetti and Meatball Pasta Bake

Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs

Course: Main Cours
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: baked spaghetti recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Energy: 355 kcal
Author: Jennifer

Classic spaghetti and meatballs baked up and topped with mozzarella cheese. 

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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • Pinch red pepper flakes optional
  • 4 cups marinara sauce homemade or store-bought
  • 8 oz spaghetti broken in half before boiling
  • 18 1-inch fully cooked Italian meatballs homemade or store-bought
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded

Instructions

  1. Start water boiling for pasta and preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened. Add garlic and red pepper flakes, if using, and cook, stirring, another minute. Add marinara sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and allow to simmer while pasta cooks.
  3. Break spaghetti in half and add to boiling water. Boil for about 1-2 minutes less than the package suggest. Drain pasta , then add pasta to the warm marinara sauce in skillet. Toss to combine, then level top. Press cooked meatballs into the spaghetti, leaving about 1/3-1/4 exposed on top.  Cover skillet with aluminum foil and place into preheated oven. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Remove aluminum foil. Sprinkle shredded cheese overtop, then return to the oven uncovered and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and golden in spots.

Recipe Notes

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