Baked Spaghetti

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Baked Spaghetti Baked Spaghetti Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 10 servings
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

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8 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 1/2 teaspoons Paula Deen’s House Seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Paula Deen Seasoned Salt
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 cups tomato sauce
1 cup water
2 cups canned diced tomatoes
2   cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1/2 cup diced onion
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese
2   small bay leaves





Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a stockpot, combine the tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, onions, peppers, garlic, parsley, seasoning mixtures, sugar, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce the heat and let simmer, covered, for 1 hour. Crumble the ground beef in a large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until fully cooked, with no pink color remaining. Drain the fat from the meat, and then add the ground beef to the stockpot. Simmer for 20 more minutes. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Cover the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan with sauce. Add a layer of pasta and then a little less than 1/2 of each cheese; repeat the layers, ending with the sauce. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Top the casserole with the remaining cheese, return it to the oven, and continue to cook until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 5 more minutes. Cut into squares before serving.

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Reader Comments:


I will never go back to regular spaghetti again after using this recipe. It's absolutely amazing. This recipe makes tons of servings, and it's fun and easy to make. Try it with sauteed mushrooms!

By Meghan on October 27, 2013


I love Paula Deen and will never watch Food Network again after the way they have treated this Lady.

By Lisa Sanders on October 06, 2013


I made this for dinner tonight and my husband just loved it..It was very simple to make too

By JoAnn Faris on October 03, 2013


I am heart sick over the way Food Network has treated Paula Dean. No one should be persecuted this way. Food Network has been a favorite channel of mine and now I cannot bear to watch it. Please forgive her and the rest of the world who has done or said something embarrassing in their past. SHAMNE, SHAMEM, SHAME ON YOU AND HER SPONSORS.

By Betty Farris on July 30, 2013


Hi. I made your baked spaghetti today but I used spaghetti squash instead of pasta. I also used a whole pepper and added some spinach as well. I have spinach in a container in my freezer so it is easy to grab and add to a dish. Thanks, it was delicious!!!

By Nancy on April 17, 2013


Mrs. Paula, I just love you and your family! I have your cookbooks, cookware, and books. i follow your recipes for everything, the one I love the most is your pecan pie recipe. Thank you so much for making my home a yummy one!!

By Barbara on March 14, 2013


I brown the ground beef, drain off drippings and cook with the sauce..can't tell any difference. I, also make the sauce and freeze for quick meals and unexpected company..add a salad and French bread and it's wonderful. Love Paula!

By Anonymous on January 27, 2013


Well I'm not sure if I did something wrong but I have never had a problem with Paula's recipes before, I used the exact pan described and I think next time I am going to have to triple the meat sauce recipe, by the time it simmered for an hour there was barely enough to cover the bottom of the pan not to mention the top layer!

By Angie on September 18, 2012


I made this last night and I thought it was delicious! I love the green peppers! Though the crowd I made it for wanted pepperoni in it, so I added a little to the recipe. I will definitely make it again.

By Dana Abney on September 11, 2012


Paula, I get very upset when people pick on you, it has to be jealousy.You go girl.You sure didn't get where you are at because of them. I am 77 years of age and I have some that are jealous of me and my crafty ways. Ms M

By Marlene E Mumford on July 19, 2012


I wish i could be at your book signing on August 7, 2012- That's my Birthday, I love watching you cook on TV and i Love the way you and your son cook and make me hungry. I do try some of your recipes and they have been coming out well. I just love to meet yall one day.

By Thelma G. Blunt on July 13, 2012


This is a favorite of mine -- I can make it ahead and have on hand for a family meal or for a casual company meal when you want something you can be pretty sure everyone will like. With garlic bread and a salad, it's a great recipe any time of year. I include browned sirloin with all of the other ingredients and cook the entire mixture for an hour instead of waiting to add the meat to the sauce after an hour.

By Donna Hankinson on May 17, 2012


Cook time on this is closer to 2 hrs: 1 hr 20 min for sauce and then 30 min + 5 min in oven. It's a wonderful recipe and we love it, just takes longer than stated.

By Sharon on May 07, 2012


I've been making this recipe of yours for several years now & it is a BIG favorite of ours! Hubby loves it a lot. It is so satisfying & hearty. It makes a lot & since it is just the two of us sometimes I freeze some of it for later. It always defrosts & reheats great! Sometimes I use different cheeses & maybe different variations of the spices & it always turns out great! Sometimes I don't have time to let the tomato mixture simmer for an hour & it turns out just fine anyway!

By Lori Anton on March 19, 2012


This is wonderful. I used to make Italian spaghetti sauce regularly until I tried this. Now this is much more often on my menu.

By Ruth on March 03, 2012


This dinner was a hit thank u

By Anonymous on February 19, 2012


This baked spaghetti is awesome, my family loves it.

By nancy on January 09, 2012


Dear Paula I can't wait to try this it's making my mouth water. Thanks

By Della Morria on November 17, 2011


This is a good basic recipe, but nothing spectacular.

By Julie Sheppard on September 15, 2011


My family loved this!! Better the next day, thanks Paula!!!

By Brittany on September 08, 2011

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