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Baked Spaghetti Casserole is a family favorite dinner that's filled with pasta, cheese, and an easy semi-homemade ground beef meat sauce. This gets gobbled up even by the pickiest eaters when I make it for dinner. Serve with a salad and garlic bread for a delicious and heart family dinner. 
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Baked Spaghetti Casserole

Baked Spaghetti Casserole is a family favorite dinner that's filled with pasta, cheese, and an easy semi-homemade ground beef meat sauce. This gets gobbled up even by the pickiest eaters when I make it for dinner. Serve with a salad and garlic bread for a delicious and heart family dinner. 
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword spaghetti casserole
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 631kcal
Author Jessica

Ingredients

  • 1 box (16 oz) angel hair pasta
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 jar (24 oz) tomato basil pasta sauce
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup shredded or grated parmesan cheese
  • 5 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 cups whole-fat cottage cheese (a 16 oz container)
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350°. Prepare a 9x13 baking dish by spraying with cooking spray. Set aside. 
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. When done cooking, drain the pasta and return to pot. 
    * The pasta will cook slightly more during the oven bake time. Cooking to al dente on the instructions is usually good. Or cook slightly longer if you want softer pasta.
  • In a skillet pan, over medium high heat, combine the ground beef, onion, and salt. Cook and crumble until the meat is no longer pink. until no longer pink.
    Add the pasta sauce, seasoned salt, and garlic powder. Stir and reduce heat to low. Let it simmer until ready to assemble casserole. 
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine eggs, parmesan cheese, and melted butter. Stir together and pour over the hot, cooked pasta. Mix well to make sure all noodles are coated. 
  • ASSEMBLE THE CASSEROLE : Place half the pasta mixture in the baking dish, top with half the cottage cheese mixture, half the meat sauce, and half the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers one more time.
  • Spray one side of a piece of tin foil and cover the baking dish. Cooking spray side down. Cook for 40 minutes. Uncover and cook an additional 15-20 or until cheese is melted and lightly golden brown. 
  • Let cool for about 5 minutes and then cut into squares and serve.

Notes

Serving Size : Serving size listed is for 8 people, along with the nutrition information, and each serving is large so if you are feeding kids then you can easily get 10 servings from this casserole.
Pasta : Remember to add some salt to the boiling water before adding your pasta. I use about 1-2 teaspoons of salt for the 1 pound of pasta noodles. 
Mozzarella Cheese : For best taste please shred your own cheese from a block with a cheese grater. I know buying the already shredded cheese is tempting cause it's easy, but it makes a difference when you shred it yourself. But if needed, yes you can use already shredded cheese, it won't ruin the casserole at all. 

Nutrition

Calories: 631kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 1467mg | Potassium: 739mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1139IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 416mg | Iron: 4mg