Whenever I can, I try to prep two meals and freeze one for a later night. It makes it so much more rewarding to know that I’ve accomplished a little more. So, I’ve been hanging on to this one since 2011-yup six years! Why I haven’t tried it yet, I’m not sure.
A friend of mine and I have actually made a make ahead meal similar to this one called Spaghetti Pie. While I was flipping through my saved recipes, I landed on this one and FINALLY gave it a try. I guess it was a good thing I kept it because it was very good. Certainly, one I could see prepped for a family gathering. I’d say it’s similar to a lasagna, but with a spaghetti noodle substitute. The only downside was that this recipe took a long time to bake, so plan ahead for an hour in the oven. I think I will be prepping this one the night before that way it will be no big deal to heat it up.
Instead of making this in an 9×13, I put it in two 8×8 pans. I baked one that night and put one in the freezer. We still had leftovers that I was able to take for lunch two days in a row.
Baked Spaghetti Recipe
1 package of spaghetti
1 lb of ground beef
2 medium onion, chopped
1 jar of spaghetti sauce (26 oz)
1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese
5 T butter, melted
2 cups cottage cheese (16 oz)
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (32 oz)
- Cook spaghetti according to the directions on the box.
- While spaghetti is cooking, brown the beef with the onions until it is fully cooked then drain any excess grease.
- In the pan with the beef, stir together beef, spaghetti sauce, and salt.
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs, parmesan cheese, and melted butter.
- Drain spaghetti and add it to the egg mixture, coating the noodles.
- Grease a 9×13 pan (or two 8×8 pans) and place half of the spaghetti mixture in the bottom. Cover with half of the cottage cheese, meat sauce and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers.
- Bake covered at 360 degrees for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes until the cheese on tops melts.
Note: 8-10 servings with 25 minutes of prep and 1 hour baking @ 350 degrees
This is a former Taste of Home’s recipe. I was unable to locate the original since my copy was printed from their website years ago. I did find an alternative version currently on their site with the same name but different ingredients (see it here).