Spaghetti Casserole the Entire Family Will Love

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Spaghetti Casserole is a no-brainer meal that is easy to make on busy nights. Most kids love spaghetti, so it’s a dish that typically won’t get many complaints from the peanut gallery!

While I grew up loving traditional spaghetti, I (surprisingly) hadn’t had spaghetti casserole until a friend brought it to us when our youngest son was born. Everyone ate it right up. And it was such an easy recipe to make: ground beef, cooked noodles, tomato sauce and cheese mixed together and baked. Even I could do that!

This spaghetti bake is now a go-to recipe I make almost weekly, mainly because of it’s simplicity. I don’t have to think about it, and the ingredients are easy to have on hand. It’s quick to cook. And it’s easy to change up the ingredients just slightly to make an entirely new dish (without much thought) when things get a little boring.

And the whole family gives it rave reviews!

Kid-Approved Spaghetti Casserole

My Classic Spaghetti Casserole

My basic spaghetti casserole recipe, that I have fine-tuned and we all love, is easy to make.

All you do is brown 1 lb. of ground beef and 1lb. of Italian sausage together. Add in one jar of marinara sauce and one jar of pizza sauce to make the meat sauce for the casserole. Maybe a little Italian Seasoning, if the sauce you’re using isn’t seasoned.

Stir in a box of cooked spaghetti noodles (we like the thin spaghetti, and I break them into thirds before cooking), add a handful of mozzarella cheese, then pour into a greased glass baking dish.

Top with parmesan cheese and fresh mozzarella cheese, bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, and voila! Weeknight game changer, let me tell you.

This pasta casserole great to prep a day in advance as well; just keep it in the fridge and pull it out (letting it come to room temperature) the next day when you are ready to bake!

Church Supper Spaghetti Casserole

Sometimes, the basic gets a little boring, so we need to revamp the spaghetti casserole a bit. Enter my Church Supper Spaghetti Casserole – another family favorite and crowd pleaser.

This Spaghetti Casserole recipe is great for an easy weekday dinner or for bringing to a potluck.  Even your picky eaters will love it!

This comfort food recipe is also great for a weeknight dinner, or perfect (as the name states) for bringing to a church potluck, family gathering, or to a new mom who needs a break from cooking.

With simple ingredients and a whole lot of flavor, all you need to add is a side of garlic bread and green salad (and possibly dessert), and you’re good to go.

Equipment Needed

To make this easy baked spaghetti casserole, you’ll need a deep casserole dish on hand. I love this Pyrex Deep Baking Dish set that comes with lids – perfect for storing leftovers.

This is an easy dish to get your kids involved in. They’ll love helping you in the kitchen, and may also learn some new skills! My daughter has become an expert at browning meat for me, and she also loves measuring and combining the ingredients in this recipe.

Spaghetti Casserole Ingredients

Spaghetti Casserole Ingredients

Here’s a list of the ingredients you’ll need to make Church Supper Spaghetti Casserole.

1 pound lean ground beef
1 onion, diced
1 green pepper, seeded and diced
2 (14 ½ ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 ½ cup water
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn, thawed
1 (10 ounce) package frozen peas, thawed
1 (4 ounce) can mushroom stems and pieces, drained
Salt and black pepper, to taste
1 (16 ounce) box spaghetti, cooked according to package directions and drained
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a deep casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef, onion, and green peppers. Crumble the meat as it cooks and cook until the meat is no longer pink. (If not using lean ground beef, drain the excess fat.)

3. Add the tomatoes, water, and chili powder. Cover the skillet and cook for 30 minutes.

4. To the skillet, stir in the corn, peas, and mushrooms. Season with salt and black pepper, as desired.

5. In a large bowl, combine the sauce with the cooked spaghetti.

6. Transfer half of the spaghetti mixture to the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle the casserole with an even layer of half of the cheese and then repeat the layers.

7. Bake the casserole for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the edges are bubbly.

Store leftovers in an airtight container (if there are any!).

spaghetti casserole recipe

Church Supper Spaghetti Casserole

Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

Take your spaghetti casserole to the next level with this crowd-pleasing, hearty recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 green pepper seeded and diced
  • 2 14 ½ ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 10 ounce package frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 10 ounce package frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 4 ounce can mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 16 ounce box spaghetti, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a deep casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. In a dutch oven or large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef, onion, and green pepper. Crumble the meat as it cooks and cook until the meat is no longer pink. (If not using lean ground beef, drain the excess fat.)
    3. Add the tomatoes, water, and chili powder. Cover the skillet and cook for 30 minutes.
    4. To the skillet, stir in the corn, peas, and mushrooms. Season with salt and black pepper, as desired.
    5. In a large bowl, combine the sauce with the cooked spaghetti.
    6. Transfer half of the spaghetti to the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle the casserole with half of the cheese and then repeat the layers.
    7. Bake the casserole for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the edges are bubbly.

There you have it! I hope you enjoy making this hearty baked spaghetti casserole with your family, and that it becomes one of your favorite meals. Having favorite go-to and easy recipes like this can sure help the homeschool week to run more smoothly and stress-free.

Do you make spaghetti casserole? What is your favorite way to spice it up? Let me know in the comments!

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