Easy, creamy one dish baked spaghetti and meatballs. This meal is the king of comfort, no boiling water necessary. Dump all the ingredients into one dish, throw in the oven and dinner is served.
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Why Make This Baked Spaghetti And Meatballs
This recipe is EASY. It's almost too easy to whip up. It is so comforting and the creamy melted goat cheese is optional, but gosh is is good. You know I wouldn't lead you astray on that, trust me you will love it. You can also sub cream cheese instead. This recipe is all made in one dish (hello easy clean up!) and it's kid and husband approved.
Ingredients To Make This Recipe
Pasta. Spaghetti is best!
Pasta Sauce. Any will do, just pick your favorite jar.
Water. Adding this to the dish to help spread the pasta sauce and cook the pasta.
Frozen Meatballs. Grab your favorite brand, i like to use turkey meatballs.
Seasoning. Adding seasoning will help bring all the flavors together and make your sauce taste more homemade. Oregano, salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder.
Goat Cheese. This will be added in later on in baking and it makes the dish so creamy and lush. You can also skip it or use cream cheese in place. It all tastes great!
Steps To Make This Dish
Step One. Preheat oven to 400° In a 9 x 11 Or similar size baking dish add spaghetti noodles straight from the box to the bottom of the dish.
Step Two. Next layer on your 24 ounce jar of pasta sauce. Then put 2 cups of water into the empty pasta sauce jar shake and pour over noodles. Add remaining cup of water. *please note you may need a little more water throughout the cook* Sprinkle seasoning over sauce and make sure it's evenly spread.
Step Three. Top mixture with frozen meatballs. Tightly cover with tinfoil in place in the oven for 50 minutes. Pull the casserole dish out, place goat cheese into the center of the dish and cook for another 10 minutes, uncovered.
Step Four. Once noodles are al dente. Mix pasta up and make sure goat cheese is mixed into sauce well. Serve with garlic bread and salad and enjoy!
Tips and FAQ's
Yes, fettuccini, angel hair or any will work. Cook times may vary a little so keep a close eye.
Yes, again this may change the cook time by about 15 minutes so please check on it a little early.
*This baked spaghetti and meatballs will keep in the refrigerator for up to five days or you can freeze it in an airtight container for up to three months*
This means you need to add a little more water, try another cup and cook for another 5-8 minutes.
Make my overnight bread, or buttery garlic rolls and enjoy with this recipe. You can also whip up my Kale Salad with Lemon honey Dressing.
Make Ahead & Storage Tips
This recipe is wonderful for meal prep or making ahead of time. It lasts for up to 5 days in the fridge and you can also freeze it for up to 3 months. I also like to make it when entertaining, once it's finished baking, dump it into a crock pot on low and serve when ready!
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Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs
- 1 lb spaghetti *see notes
- ½ lb frozen turkey meatballs *see notes
- 1 24 oz jar pasta sauce
- 3 cups water *more may be needed through coking process
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- ½ tsp crushed, dried, oregano
- ⅓ cup goats chèvre *see notes for substitute
- Preheat oven to 400°In a 9 x 11 Or similar size baking dish add spaghetti noodles straight from the box to the bottom of the dish.
- Next layer on your 24 ounce jar of pasta sauce. Then put 2 cups water into the empty pasta sauce jar shake and pour over noodles. Add remaining cup of water. Sprinkle seasoning over sauce, make sure it's evenly spread.
- Top mixture with frozen meatballs. Tightly cover with tinfoil in place in the oven for 50 minutes. Pull the casserole dish out, place goat cheese into the center of the dish and cook for another 10 minutes uncovered.
- Once noodles are al dente, mix pasta up and make sure goat cheese is mixed into sauce well. Serve with garlic bread and salad and enjoy!
- *If noodles are still getting stuck and seem dry, simple add another 1/2 -1 cup of water and let it cook for another 5-8 minutes. This just means they aren't quite finished cooking and need more liquid. *
Oh my family loved this really easy to make!
This was excellent. Mine didn’t need as long to cook but I think you like in high altitude? Can’t wait to try it with ricotta next time.
Yes, we do live in high altitude but so glad you enjoyed it thanks for letting me know!
We had it for dinner tonight and wow. The meatballs baked in with the noodles brought a whole new level of flavor. Thank you!
Can I use a bigger pan than 9x11?
Yes! you can 🙂
Hello , making this tonight and I just realized my frozen meatballs are uncooked. Is that ok to use frozen uncooked meatballs?
Since they will be cooking for about an hour in the oven it should be just fine. Be sure to stir often for an even cook and pull one or two out to check the center before serving!
Thank you!! Phew!
Was sooo good. Next time will try and cut it in half. What size dish would you use if cutting the recipe in half? My daughter gobbled it up!!
I think you could use a similar sized dish if doing the recipe in half, It will cook quicker so keep a close eye on it!
This was delicious and the goat cheese made it very creamy! Hubby loves it!
So happy to hear that! It’s become my husbands fave comfort meal! Thanks for enjoying 🥰
Followed everything to the letter. It came out ok. Seems like most of my sauce dried up during the baking process. Not much sauce to blend in with my pasta and cheese.
Hi Carlos, I haven't had anyone have this issue just yet, I am wondering if you covered the dish for majority of the baking process? If you try again I would add in an extra cup of water at the halfway baking point if the noodles are looking dry!But keeping it covered keeps all that yummy liquid in. Thanks for giving it a try.
This was delicious. We had to add a little extra water through the baking as mentioned in your notes, it was perfect. Our whole family loved it even our picky eater son! Great recipe.
This was great. Used cream cheese instead of goat cheese. Wow.