Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Posted June 6, 2017 by Stephanie
Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

Give me ALL the cheesy baked spaghetti ALL the time. Something magical happens when you bake spaghetti. I feel like it turns into a whole other dish with flavors that are completely different from just regular bolognese. I think it has something to do with the fact that there’s a huge amount of cheese. Or maybe it’s just that it reminds me of lasagna. Or maybe it’s a nostalgia thing because baked spaghetti used to be my go-to dish when I was a kid.

Fun fact: if you you go to a casual Chinese restaurant, like an Hong Kong style cafe, they’ll always have spaghetti on the menu. There’ll be fried spaghetti, creamy spaghetti, house special spaghetti with a ketchup-like sauce, and of course, there will be my favorite, baked spaghetti! But, to be honest, the baked spaghetti I had as a kid was nothing like this because back then I didn’t eat beef. So, my baked spaghetti of choice had deep-fried pork chops, some sort of creamy tomato sauce and cheese. Sometimes there were bits of corn and peas in it. Sounds wrong, but was oh so right.

Anyway, If you have leftover bolognese or meat sauce on hand, try this. You really can’t go wrong with cheese, noodles, and sauce baked to perfection!

PS – It took me a really long time to write this post because I did it before dinner and I couldn’t concentrate. All I could do was drool, thinking about baked spaghetti. SO. TORTUROUS.

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Recipe
serves 2, generously

  • 4 ounces spaghetti
  • 2-3 cups bolognese or meat sauce
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheese, depending on how cheesy you’re feeling

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Heat up your pasta sauce over medium to medium low heat.

Cook the pasta 1-2 minutes shorter than the package suggests. You’re going to be finishing the pasta in sauce and it’s going to bake in the oven, so the key here is undercooked pasta. Reserve some pasta water, then drain the spaghetti and place back into the pot. Add about half of your warmed meat sauce and toss, over medium heat, until the pasta is glossy and well coated. If dry, add a touch of pasta water.

Place the pasta in an oven proof baking or casserole dish and top with the remaining meat sauce. Evenly sprinkle on the shredded cheese and place on a rimmed baking sheet (to catch any drips).

Bake until the cheese is melted, golden and crispy, 30-45 minutes. Remove from the oven and enjoy! Be careful, it’ll be very hot and quite addictive!


  1. cynthia says:

    YESSSSSSSSSS baked spaghetti is my favorite ever. (And Hong Kong cafes!) Always speaking my food love language, Steph!

  2. katy b says:

    This sounds AMAZING!

  3. Angela says:

    Yum! I love cheesy baked pasta

  4. john says:

    mouthwatering dish

  5. ADRIANNA says:

    holy shit. this looks so good.

  6. jahnavi says:

    reely nice, helped me alot

  7. Allison says:

    What kind of cheese did you use?

    1. Stephanie says:

      a mix of cheddar and mozza :)

  8. Lind says:

    I make my own meat sauce for spaghetti and it usually has a lot of meat. Will this work?

    1. Stephanie says:

      absolutely! baked spaghetti works with essentially any meat sauce :)

  9. Joan says:

    Does the recipe double and triple well? Seems like the baking dish would need to be larger than a 13 x 9 if the Bolognese sauce were tripled to 9 cups.

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi joan,
      yes you can definitely double it (it will fit in a 13×9)! i’m not quite sure about tripling though.

  10. Jackie says:

    Been making this for my grandkids for years. We just call it cheesy spaghetti. Everybody loves it

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