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Ultimate Spaghetti Bake with Cheese

Prep Time: 45 MIN  |  Cook Time: 35 MIN  |  Servings:  |  Calories:
Prep Time
45 MIN
Cook Time
35 MIN

<p><span>Spaghetti Bake with Cheese is a delicious and hearty baked pasta dish that combines the flavors of spaghetti, savory tomato sauce, and gooey melted Sargento® cheese. The result is a comforting and satisfying meal with a crispy cheese crust on top and a tender, flavorful pasta base. It's often served as a main course and pairs well with a side salad or garlic bread.</span></p>

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt; cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add Italian seasoning and 1 teaspoon garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 1 minute. Add ground meat mix and 1 teaspoon of the salt; cook, stirring occasionally to crumble, until well browned and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Add marinara sauce and basil; cook, stirring occasionally, until warmed through, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. 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 set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add remaining 2 tsp garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add heavy cream; cook, whisking often, until thickened and coats the back of a spoon, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and gradually whisk in Parmesan cheese and one cup of mozzarella cheese and remaining 1/2 tsp salt.
  5. Transfer pasta and cream mixture to a greased 13x 9 baking dish; toss gently to combine. Spread meat sauce evenly over pasta and sprinkle remainder of mozzarella and lay provolone cheese on top. Add crushed red pepper, if desired.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until bubbly and mozzarella is lightly browned, about 25 minutes. Let stand 10
    minutes before serving.

1 Review

5 out of 5

7 months ago

With the exception of cutting back on some of the onion, I made this for the first time and it was delicious. Easy to make and nice change from many Italian dishes.

Donald Fogleman