Simple baked spaghetti is a staple in the Pendleton household. It is usually made weekly because everyone here eats it, it doesn’t cost a fortune, and it’s fast. If you’re not making it yet, give this one a shot. I promise someone will eat it lol. 


For years I made spaghetti the old fashioned way. I loved it that way, but my husband… not so much. A few years into our marriage, he delighted me with that information (lol) and so I started to dabble in how it could become more appetizing. Insert baked spaghetti. 

There are lots of variations of this meal, but I keep things simple. One, because it’s cheaper that way, and two, my family is picky. 


*1 pound of ground beef (you can also mix in 1/2 pound of ground beef & 1/2 pound of ground sausage if you like).

*1 package of spaghetti noodles.

*1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce. I’ve tried many over the years, but my favorite to use to Rao’s Homemade Tomato Bail Sauce

*Parmesan Cheese (1 cup)

*Mild Shredded Cheese(1 cup)

*Cooking oil-I use either extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil. 



*Note: make sure your ground meat is thawed and ready to brown. 

*Get a large pot filled with water and beginning boiling the noodles as directed by the package. Once finished, set to the side. 

*Cut your onion into small (non visible bites if you have picky kids) and sauté in your pan with a small amount of any oil you choose. 

*Once translucent, add your ground meat and cook thoroughly until all pink is gone. I’ll be honest, I tend to over cook my meat until it’s almost crispy. No, you don’t have to do that. 

*Drain the oil from your pan and set aside. Note: If you don’t know already, drain the oil into a jar, not down your kitchen sink drain.

*Mix cooked ground beef, noodles, spaghetti sauce, and 1/2 of both cheeses together. I use the same pot I cooked the noodles in. 

*Transfer mixture to a 9×13 pan. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over top. 

*Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min. 

I will usually serve ours with a simple side salad & homemade garlic bread (aka: old bread top with butter and garlic salt).

That’s it. It really is a simple baked spaghetti. I guarantee your family will say not only thank you, but yummmmm. 


Do you know what I add to my cooked spaghetti? I like to add some homemade pesto, or ranch, or even sour cream. Haven’t tried it? Do it. It’s absolutely delicious. Now, my family may not agree, but I definitely have a better palate then them. 🙂

The best simple baked spaghetti

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