Comfort Food: Easy Spaghetti Casserole

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It seems like many of you have enjoyed some of the basic recipes I make on a regular basis. So today I’m sharing my spaghetti casserole, originally made by my husband, from his childhood days. This definitely fits my definition of comfort food, and it’s really easy to make.

Easy Spaghetti Casserole

Spaghetti Casserole ~

We make this with lean ground beef, crushed tomatoes, lots of cheese, and any short pasta noodle you like.

Pasta in Pan ~ Spaghetti Casserole ~

We do cook the pasta first, but then it is added to all the other ingredient in a large skillet. Sometimes we serve it just like this.

Bake Penne with beef ~ Spaghetti Casserole ~

Other times we top it with extra cheese and bake it in the oven until golden brown.

Spaghetti Casserole ~

Either way is yummy, and feeds a crowd. It also tastes great leftover for lunch or even a second dinner.

All you need is a little side salad and you are all set for a delicious meal.

Comfort Food: Easy Spaghetti Casserole

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Serves: 10 -12

  • 1 pound short pasta noodle such as penne or ziti
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1 - 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lg can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • ½ of large onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese or Italian mix like provolone, asiago etc..
  • Extra cheese to top if you want to bake it.
  1. Cook pasta al dente and drain
  2. Brown onions in olive oil until soft
  3. Add garlic and stir being careful not to let it burn.
  4. Add ground beef and cook until no pink is showing
  5. Add tomatoes, basil and oregano
  6. Stir and simmer for 5-10 mins
  7. Add cooked pasta and stir.
  8. Add cheese and stir.
  9. Serve or transfer to baking dish and top with more cheese. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.

This easy spaghetti casserole recipe is a great comfort food that feeds a crowd and tastes great the next day. Easy to adapt and make ahead.


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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Looks great and I am trying to avoid carbs. So tempting. Aren’t those high fiber pastas lower in carbs? I will just have to head to the store and check. A woman needs some comfort food sometimes, right ? Thanks.

  2. Anne Staley-Larsen says:

    We do a pot luck style dinner after our worship service everyweek. This looks like a perfect recipe to fix for it. Cannot wait to try it. I will post again after we have eaten it up!

    • Hi Anne,
      That sounds like a wonderful use for this recipe. I hope you and your worship group love it and please do let me know.
      Thanks for stopping by,

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