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Cheesy Spaghetti

This is a great twist on your regular spaghetti dinner.  It makes a nice family dinner recipe.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword spaghetti recipes, pasta recipes, easy dinner recipes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Jeannie Z

Ingredients

  • Spaghetti noodles, whole grain I use half of 12 ounce box for my family of four
  • Spaghetti sauce, using my crockpot spaghetti recipe You can use a jar of sauce if you prefer
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (to sprinkle over the sauce)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (may use more or less depending on how much cheese you like)
  • Fresh herbs to garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Prepare spaghetti sauce by using my recipe for Crockpot Spaghetti (or you can use a jar of sauce from the grocery store.)   

  2. Cook the beef in a skillet on medium heat until the meat is browned. Drain off excess fat. Place the cooked beef into your crockpot or pot, depending on how you are cooking your sauce. Again, if you are using my Crockpot Spaghetti sauce recipe, refer to that recipe for full list of directions.

  3. Once you have the sauce ready, cook the spaghetti noodles as directed on package.

  4. Preheat broiler to high heat.

  5. Place cooked noodles in a baking dish or individual serving dishes. Cover generously with spaghetti sauce.

  6. Sprinkle a little grated Parmesan cheese over the sauce. Spread a generous amount of shredded mozzarella cheese over sauce.

  7. Place in middle of oven  and broil for 1½ minutes.

Recipe Notes

When making this recipe, I use my recipe for Crockpot Spaghetti to make the meat sauce.  If you are using that recipe, the sauce cooks on high in the crockpot for 4-6 hours.  

If you are short on time, you can use a jar of spaghetti sauce and brown the beef or make meatballs.  If you make the recipe that way, it will take about 40-45 minutes.  

When covering the pasta with the sauce, make sure to completely cover the pasta so that the noodles do not dry out while cooking under the broiler.

If you prefer to make this a meatless dinner recipe, just omit the beef in your sauce.

If making this on dinner plates, be careful as the plate will be hot coming right from the oven.