Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Baked Spaghetti Recipe

This Baked Spaghetti Recipe is easy, healthy and delicious! Plus I have included a vegetarian or a meaty version for you to choose from.

And because I know everyone is looking to add more protein and lower their carbs these days, I have included tips on how to do that too.

Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Baked Spaghetti Recipe

I have included lots of helpful tips in the sections below, plus a shopping list, recipe card and more. You can read though them (I recommend doing so as there are carb cutting tips in there) or skip ahead to the section you are looking for. Either way, these links will help you hop around to the sections you’re looking for.

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Ingredients in Baked Spaghetti

I have made this recipe two different ways, so you will find 2 sets of ingredients in this section. You will also find swaps and tips to make this recipe low carb, high protein and even low sugar and sodium in the sections below.

But this is the basic ingredients for each version. You can skip ahead to the swaps section here.

Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Vegetarian Baked Spaghetti Ingredients:

  • 1 package – 16 ounces spaghetti (regular or gluten-free protein pasta)
  • 1 medium onion 
  • 2 cups mushrooms
  • 1 red bell pepper 
  • 1 zucchini 
  • 3 cups marinara sauce (homemade or organic store-bought)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups low fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded skim mozzarella cheese

Meaty Baked Spaghetti Ingredients:

  • 1 package – 16 ounces spaghetti (regular or gluten-free protein pasta)
  • 1 medium onion 
  • 2 Italian sausages
  • 3 cups marinara sauce (homemade or organic store-bought)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups low fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded skim mozzarella cheese

How to Make Baked Spaghetti

I recommend baking this recipe atop a rimmed baking sheet. Depending on your oven and sauce, it may bubble over and make a mess.

For even easier clean up, cover the rimmed baking sheet with foil so you can toss it out and skip any scrubbing!

Baked Spaghetti Recipe

How to Make Spaghetti Casserole:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large pot cook spaghetti according to package directions to al dente. Drain, move to a large bowl, and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook onion, and any additional veggies or meat, over medium heat until the onion is tender and any meat is cooked thought, 6-8 minutes.
  4. Remove sausages (if using) and cool until you can handle, then chop and add back to the pan.
  5. To the pan, add pasta sauce and garlic salt, plus any additional seasonings (Italian seasoning or red pepper flakes). Turn off the heat and set aside.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and the Parmesan cheese together.
  7. To the cooked and drained spaghetti add to egg mixture and mix together to coat.
  8. Place half the spaghetti mixture in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Top with half the ricotta cheese, then the (veggie or meaty) sauce and 1/2 the mozzarella cheese.
  9. Repeat layers, topping with the remaining cheese.
  10. Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet (it may bubble over and make a mess- we don’t want that!)
  11. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  12. Remove the foil cover, and bake an additional 30 minutes.
  13. Remove from the oven and let stand 15 minutes before serving (this helps it hold together in slices).
  14. Top with basil or parsley and serve hot.

Optional Add-Ins and Ingredient Swaps

I have included a meaty and vegetarian version of this spaghetti recipe, but what if you want to add more protein, lower the carbs, or sugar.

That’s where this section comes in… I have supplied you with optional add-ins, ingredient swaps and tips on making this recipe even healthier.

Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Optional Add-Ins:

  • 1 pound ground meat (beef, turkey, chicken or vegan crumbles)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • Chopped fresh basil for topping
  • Chopped Italian Parsley for topping

Make it Low Carb:

You can easily make this recipe low carb! Simply swap out the spaghetti for protein pasta. This is my favorite protein pasta, but choose your favorite.

Boost Protein:

To boost the protein in this recipe I recommend doubling the meat (or adding in the ground meat) and swapping out the pasta for protein pasta.

Lower Sodium:

To lower the sodium, I recommend making your own marinara sauce (here is a recipe). This way you can control the sodium. You can also swap out the garlic salt for garlic powder.

Lower Sugar:

To lower the sugar, you will also want to make your own marinara sauce (this recipe is low sugar!) Most store-bought sauces are packed with added sugar, plus homemade always tastes better!

Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Baked Spaghetti Recipe

The BEST Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Lose Weight By Eating
This baked spaghetti recipe is just 388 calories and can be made many different ways!
I included a vegetarian, veggie packed version, and a meaty version. And I added lots of optional add-ins… so you can double the meat, add some spice, or fresh herbs. The possibilities are endless.
Special Tip: If you don't like ricotta cheese, you can swap it out for cottage cheese.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 388 kcal

Ingredients
  

Vegetarian Baked Spaghetti:

  • 1 package 16 ounces spaghetti (regular or gluten-free protein pasta)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cups mushrooms chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 3 cups marinara sauce (homemade or organic store-bought)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups low fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded skim mozzarella cheese

Meaty Baked Spaghetti:

  • 1 package 16 ounces spaghetti (regular or gluten-free protein pasta)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 Italian sausages
  • 3 cups marinara sauce homemade or organic store-bought
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups low fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded skim mozzarella cheese

Optional Add-Ins:

  • 1 pound ground meat (beef, turkey, chicken or vegan crumbles)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • Chopped fresh basil for topping
  • Chopped Italian Parsley for topping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large pot cook spaghetti according to package directions to al dente. Drain, move to a large bowl, and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook onion, and any additional veggies or meat, over medium heat until the onion is tender and any meat is cooked thought, 6-8 minutes.
  • Remove sausages (if using) and cool until you can handle, then chop and add back to the pan.
  • To the pan, add pasta sauce and garlic salt, plus any additional seasonings (Italian seasoning or red pepper flakes). Turn off the heat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and the Parmesan cheese together.
  • To the cooked and drained spaghetti add to egg mixture and mix together to coat.
  • Place half the spaghetti mixture in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Top with half the ricotta cheese, then the (veggie or meaty) sauce and 1/2 the mozzarella cheese.
  • Repeat layers, topping with the remaining cheese.
  • Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet (it may bubble over and make a mess- we don’t want that!)
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the foil cover, and bake an additional 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let stand 15 minutes before serving (this helps it hold together in slices).
  • Top with basil or parsley and serve hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cupsCalories: 388kcalCarbohydrates: 51.5gProtein: 20.4gFat: 10.7gSaturated Fat: 4.7gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 596mgPotassium: 596mgFiber: 3.4gSugar: 13.6gCalcium: 286mgIron: 4mg
Keyword casserole, spaghetti
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Nutrition and Calories in Baked Spaghetti Casserole

You can easily lower carbs and boost protein with protein pasta. My favorite is Banza protein pasta and is works great in the recipe!

You can also lower the sodium by making your own marinara sauce (I based this off store-bought) and I have a recipe here for you. And you can also swap out the garlic salt for garlic powder.

Finally, swapping out store-bought marinara sauce for homemade will also significantly lower the sugar in this recipe. All of these modifications are easy to make… but I wanted to make this recipe as easy as possible, so I did the nutrition labels off store-bought sauces and regular pasta.

Here is the nutrition for the Vegetarian version:

And this is the nutrition for the meaty version:

Important Note: As a reminder, at Lose Weight By Eating the goal is to make healthier, all-natural versions of your favorite recipes… not all will be “diet worthy” depending on the diet you are on. But they will be healthier versions to help curb your cravings.

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