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Aunt Joan’s Baked Spaghetti

Easy Baked Spaghetti – winner winner spaghetti dinner! Why have regular old spaghetti when you can have cheesy BAKED spaghetti! My great Aunt Joan — a simply wonderful cook — put her Midwest twist on an old Italian classic, giving it a whole new level of heartiness.
10 Minutes Prep
– 35 Minutes Cook


Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. A deep 11 x 7-inch dish works well, but you can also use a 13 x 9-inch dish.
Heat olive oil in a large skilled over medium-high heat. Sauté onion until just tender, about 5 min. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink.
Drain fat from skillet. Stir in spaghetti sauce and season with salt & pepper, to taste.
Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain.
Add cooked spaghetti and 1 cup of the shredded cheese to the meat sauce and stir.
Pour into baking dish. Top with remaining ½ cup shredded cheese.
Bake, covered, for about 25 min. Uncover; bake until cheese is bubbly, 5-10 min. longer.


2 tspolive oil
1 package (8 ounces)spaghetti
1 lbground beef
1 smallonion, chopped
1 tspgarlic powder (to taste)
3 cupsjar spaghetti sauce (a typical 24 ounce jar)
1/2 tspsalt
1/4 tsppepper
1-1/2 cupsshredded cheddar cheese

Tips for this Recipe

  • My Aunt Joan always used cheddar cheese both in the mix and as a topping. That’s what gives it a uniquely — and delicious — Midwestern twist.  
  • Serve this dish with a simple side salad and garlic bread.  

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