This Baked Spaghetti Casserole recipe is a kicked-up version of your old favorite with the addition of some different yummy cheeses and whole-wheat breadcrumbs on top. Be sure to serve with a simple salad for a complete meal.
Baked Spaghetti Casserole Recipe
If your family loves spaghetti, then get ready for a baked spaghetti casserole recipe that’s part comfort food and part one-pan convenience meal! This is a kicked up version of your old favorite with the addition of some different yummy cheeses and whole wheat breadcrumbs on top.
I remember when my 7-year-old tried to help herself to thirds of this dish before I told her “no” because she was going to give herself a tummy ache! Serve this with a big green salad, and you’ll have a healthy weeknight crowd pleaser. Also, check out this breakfast casserole to add some delightful Mexican flavor to your busy mornings!
Whole Wheat Pasta Bake
As per usual, we’re taking a comfort food favorite and making a few simple swaps so you can enjoy it as a nutritious weeknight meal that’s easy and satisfying! Here, it’s all about the whole wheat.
Regular spaghetti makes for a good pasta night, but lacks fiber and nutrients that its whole wheat counterpart brings to the table. On top of that, whole wheat breadcrumbs add a crave-able ‘crunch’ that seals the deal with this spaghetti casserole bake that might just become your family’s next favorite. (Also, whole wheat noodles work well in lasagnas too!)
Can you Freeze Baked Spaghetti Casseroles?
You absolutely can! Cooked spaghetti freezes easily, and while it does take a little while to heat up it’s most certainly worth the wait. If you’re looking to make this ahead of time, or just get the most out of your leftovers, freezing this spaghetti casserole is definitely an option. Making freezer meals ahead of time can have a surprising impact on your budget and your time!
For this spaghetti casserole bake, we’d recommend freezing it the same way whether you’re prepping ahead of time, or saving your leftovers. To do so, transfer the fully cooled casserole to a large freezer container or freezer bag. We recommend reheating and eating this casserole sometime in the next 2 months if kept fully frozen for the best flavor and texture, but you can go longer if you wish.
How to Reheat Frozen Spaghetti Casseroles
You can throw it in the oven from frozen! Don’t let it cool at room temperature, since you don’t want the ground beef sitting at room temperature for any longer than necessary. Here’s how to reheat frozen spaghetti casseroles:
- Preheat oven to 375 Fahrenheit
- Place the frozen baked spaghetti in the oven with an aluminum foil cover
- Let heat for 40 minutes
- Remove foil and heat for an additional 10 minutes, or until cheese is remelted and bubbling up
How to Make Baked Spaghetti Recipe
Check out our recipe for this whole wheat baked spaghetti with ricotta below! All it takes is some cooked noodles and a baking dish to create this quick and easy cheesy baked spaghetti for yourself.