This 5-Ingredient Amish Baked Spaghetti is an easy dinner recipe that your entire family will love! The one-dish meal comes together quickly on busy nights for simple, cozy comfort food!
Happy Friday, friends! And happy first-day-of-September! What better way to welcome the first month of Fall than with a warm, hearty baked spaghetti casserole?
When we were at the Vineyard last summer with my parents, my dad and I made our annual visit to one of our very favorite spots on the island: a tiny little used bookstore tucked away in a neighborhood outside of Oak Bluffs. My parents have visited Book Den East for as long as I can remember (probably my entire life!), but it’s only within the past few years that I’ve discovered the magic of the stuffy old shop for myself. I love the local literature that offers a taste of island culture and history, as well as the odd cookbooks that I would never otherwise encounter.
On our most recent visit, I picked up an Amish church cookbook that has served as great inspiration in my own kitchen. There’s just something about the simple, wholesome recipes that fit perfectly with my style of cooking and my family’s tastebuds. This Baked Spaghetti is no exception!
I’ve seriously never met a child who doesn’t love spaghetti, so naturally the Baked Spaghetti recipe instantly jumped out at me when I was flipping through the pages of the used cookbook. Yes…even in the heat and humidity of July, my mind was drawn to this cool-weather comfort food that I knew my boys would enjoy!
While the original Amish recipe for Baked Spaghetti includes many more ingredients (and a few extra steps), I took that inspiration and tailored it to my busy lifestyle. I’ve created a new recipe that utilizes just 5 simple pantry staples that I almost always have on hand, so that we can enjoy a classic family-friendly dinner on even our busiest weeknights.
Best of all, there’s no last-minute fussing over the stove (or boiling water) when I have tired and hungry kids that demand my attention. Instead, I can prepare this casserole in advance and keep it in the refrigerator until I’m ready to bake it. Prefer to stash it in your freezer for a later date? You can do that too (and the instructions are below)!
5-Ingredient Amish Baked Spaghetti
This 5-Ingredient Amish Baked Spaghetti is an easy dinner recipe that your entire family will love!
- 1 small onion
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- Salt and pepper to taste (I used about ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper)
- 3 cups homemade or store-bought marinara sauce
- 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
- ½ cup grated cheese I used a blend of Italian cheeses, but just mozzarella cheese or just cheddar cheese would work too
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a large baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. A deep 11 x 7-inch dish works well, but you can also use a 9 x 13-inch dish.
- Heat about 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sautee onion until just tender (about 3-5 minutes). Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Drain fat from the skillet. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and stir in marinara sauce.
- Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package instructions. Drain.
- Add cooked pasta to the meat sauce and stir to combine.
- Pour into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
- Bake, uncovered, for about 25-30 minutes.
Cooking Just for Two? Just cut all of the ingredients in half and bake the spaghetti in an 8-inch square (or slightly smaller) baking dish. Cooking instructions remain the same. In the alternative, you can prepare the entire recipe, divide the mixture between two small baking dishes (about 8-inch square dishes each), and freeze one of the casseroles for a later date.
Want to Prep Ahead? This is the perfect meal for getting organized ahead of time! You can prep the dish in the morning and leave it in the refrigerator (covered), until you're ready to bake it in the evening. If you want to freeze the dish, you can prepare the baked spaghetti through Step 5, cover tightly with foil, and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, thaw the casserole in the refrigerator overnight and proceed with baking instructions.
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