Mama’s Spaghetti Casserole and Baked Garlic Herb Bread

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Mama’s Spaghetti Casserole and Baked Garlic Herb Bread

By Jamie and Bobby Deen

Every once in awhile you need a meal that sticks to your ribs and makes you remember the good ol’ days. That’s what Mama’s Spaghetti Casserole does for us. We’d come home hungry from school starving and Mama would make this gooey pasta for us in a pinch with a side of her Baked Garlic Herb Bread. We’d get full up and even have plenty left for the next day’s lunch where we would make all of our classmates jealous. It’s such an easy set-it-and-forget-it meal, and Jack is already askin’ for it by name. Y’all mark a gold star on this one in your recipe boxes; you’ll be glad you did.

Mama’s Spaghetti Casserole with Baked Garlic Herb Bread
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For the Casserole:
1 pound uncooked spaghetti
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 pound ground beef
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
1 26-ounce jar spaghetti sauce
3 ounces Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (about 3/4 cup)
8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded or thinly sliced (about 2 cups)

For the Baked Garlic Herb Bread:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch salt
1 16-inch loaf Italian bread, halved lengthwise


Preheat oven to 350°F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook according to package directions; drain.

In a large Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef; cook about 5 minutes or until brown, breaking meat up with a fork as it cooks. Add the salt, oregano, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, Parmesan, and the cooked spaghetti. Transfer to baking dish. Top evenly with mozzarella. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

For the garlic bread, while the casserole bakes, whisk together the butter, parsley, garlic, and salt. Brush the butter mixture over the cut sides of both bread halves. Wrap each half in aluminum foil; bake, alongside the casserole, for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through.

For crispier bread, unwrap for the last 5 minutes of baking. Serve bread with the casserole.

Servings: 8
Difficulty: Easy

More ooey, gooey casseroles:
Creamy Hash Brown Casserole
Cheesy Squash Casserole
Broccoli Casserole
Baked French Toast Casserole
Pineapple Casserole

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This recipe sounds so good but I would like to ask a question about Mamas Spaghetti Casserole, after frying the hamburger, do you drain the hamburger? Can anyone help. Thanks so much, Sheila

By Sheila on July 07, 2013


I don't know if this is the right place for this but I'm hoping. My mother used to make a special bread made with some sauce that was orange (in color not taste). Sort of like garlic bread and we did have it with spaghetti. I loved this but have not been able to find a recipe. Can you help me?

By David Pearson on June 01, 2012


Made this from the Deen Bros. website last night. My family LOVED it! Easy to make with ingredients we always have on hand. Will be a new regular.

By Shawna on March 01, 2011

I do all the cooking in my household and I happened to find this recipe thanks to Paula Deen and her post on facebook. It looked sooooo good when I looked it up that I told my wife that I would try the recipe. Not only was it awesome but my wife Heather told me “Chef Chikosky, you have done it again!” And my son Hunter who is almost 2 years old loved it as well. He almost cleaned his plate. So thanks for the recipe Jamie, Bobby and Paula! This will be in my menu once every two weeks for the rest of my life.

By Rich Chikosky on November 08, 2010

I love the Spaghetti Casserole!  I made it tonight for my husband and 3 boys!  So good!  It was a hit.  The only thing I did different(I always do this with pasta dishes to get my boys to eat for veggies) is I shredded a green zuchini in a cheese grater and combined with the ground beef.  The kids have no idea it is there.  Thank you for the recipe!  We will have this many more times in the future.

By Scarlett DeRosa on October 29, 2010

Tried this recipe last night and loved it.  Mama’s Spaghetti Casserole is total comfort food, and so easy to prepare.
Thanks so much for sharing.

By Linda Burns on October 26, 2010

Hey there Miss Paula. Love watching your shows. I remembered when you came to my country St. Lucia. Watching you cook in your kitchen makes me feel hungry o how I love your cooking. I have tried making the Spaghetti casserole with baked garlic herb but it seems that I’m not close to your cooking. Think I need some practice. Anyways bye

By Jean Claude Préville on October 24, 2010

Wow you always bring the memories home smile I was raised by a single mom of 4 in Southern Indiana and let me tell you she could take a lb of ground beef and feed the neighborhood!She too made spaghetti casserole among MANY others,and I make it for my family also, funny how the simplest things are the most memorable! Thanks Paula for always sharin smile

By Kelly Lottridge on October 21, 2010

We have added a print link for those of you who were having problems with printing the recipe. Hope this helps.

By Lisa the Admin on October 21, 2010

Sure this is good - its baked Speghetti…with a new name…I’ve had this my entire life - Carmella Saprano even made it all the time on the show….LOL!

By Dannianne Divito on October 21, 2010

If you want to print out the Deen Brothers recipes - go to their website… and look up the recipe. You can print it from there. You can only print Paula’s recipes here.

By Michelle on October 21, 2010

whats the prob, just hilight and print selection

By brenda cooper on October 21, 2010

Yes it would be easier if we could easily print these, but, I just copy and paste into an email to myself and then print…not much work to that!

By Judy on October 21, 2010

It’s simple.
File > Print Preview > Print.
Amazing recipe taste great!

By Christina on October 21, 2010

To June,
Highlight from the end of the recipe to the top of the recipe, that way you won’t get everything else. To Samantha,
A couple of the best jarred spaghetti sauces are, Barilla Basilico Tomato and Basil and Rao’s Homemade Marinara.
Can’t wait to make this, it sounds and looks so yummy!

By Crystal Fenton on October 20, 2010

I use Internet Explorer as my browser and to print, I just highlight the whole recipe, right click, choose Print Preview, choose As Selected on Screen instead of As Laid Out on screen, choose printer icon on toolbar and the recipe prints out. Look forward to trying out this one!

By D Hurst on October 20, 2010

I would love it if they would make a printable page too, however, their web master may not know how.  You have to highlight twice, per my instructions.  Highlight and copy one time into your Micro soft word, then micro soft will let you just highlight the words on the page, so highlight the second time on the micro soft page you have pulled up and copy it into another micro soft page.  It sounds complicated, but it is easy and right now that is the only way I can figure to get the receipe without the picture. After the second copy, I also adjusted the size of the font to get it on one page. I can’t wait to try this. However, it turned off a little chilly down south and I had already put a pot of homemade vegetable soup on the stove to bubble for a few days.  Thanks Jamie and Bobby.

By Judy Knight on October 20, 2010

My husband saw the picture and said “ohh, that looks good!” I copy/pasted the recipe onto word and printed it out that way..can’t wait to try it..sounds really yummy !!

By Cathy Wright on October 20, 2010

What good is a recipe site if you can’t print out the recipes????  I have tried highliting, but it highlites the whole page.  I would just like to print a recipe.  Surely you must know that, that is why we “recipe nuts” subscribe to these sites.
We collect recipes.

By June on October 20, 2010

I highlight, and copy into micro soft word (it carries the picture with it and I don’t want all that loaded on my computer)....I copy the wording again this time off the micro soft page and then x out of that page (it will let you copy only the words this time), open another micro soft page and copy and then it copies only the words. Good luck Judy.  And I wish they would set up a printable page too, it would be easier.

By Judy Knight on October 20, 2010

I love your recipes, can you make a printable version

By T Magee on October 20, 2010

I have tried and made many spaghetti casseroles and this one is right up there at the top of the list. My family and friends loved it. I do not make any additions to any recipe the first time I try them and I will stay with the original version of this one…Thanks for a good recipe

By Chef Michele (Mikki) Shelton on October 20, 2010

I am making this for “The Lopez Kids” tonight! I am so excited…...oh, and I’m gonna do the Baked French Toast Casserole too, I’ll prep it tonight and the surprise the kids with a yummy breakfast tomorrow before school.  Thanks for all the wonderful recipes and see you in Long Beach smile

By Tracey Lopez on October 20, 2010

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