{Make Ahead Meals} Baked Spaghetti

My friend Sarah brought over her baked spaghetti while the babies were still in the NICU. We loved it so I emailed her requesting the recipe. Five months {oh so quickly} later & I was left this weekend craving warm baked spaghetti for this cool week. My aunt stopped by Saturday & helped me prepare a couple of things including this. We doubled the recipe then divided it into three freezer ready containers.

Ingredients
1 box of noodles {we used rotini, Sarah used spaghetti noodles}
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 lb ground chicken or turkey {we used turkey, Sarah makes hers with chicken}
2 c shredded cheddar cheese
{we threw in chopped onions & mushrooms too}

Directions
Boil water for the noodles, add the pasta & cook until a dente {usually 7-10 minutes}. Drain the pasta & set aside.

Cook the ground meat in a large saute pan. Stirring to make sure it browns completely. Pour the spaghetti sauce & vegetables if you want over the meat. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Pour a layer the meat sauce mixure in the bottom of your freezer/oven safe pan. Top with pasta. Top with cheese. Continue to layer until you reach the top of your dish. Stopping with sauce. Cover with an extra layer of cheese.

We covered with aluminium foil & the plastic freezer dish cover & placed two in the freezer. The third pan, I put in the refrigerator so we could enjoy it Sunday night.

From the refrigerator, bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes. Uncover, add a little more cheese if you wish & bake for an additional five minutes.

4 comments

  1. Sarah B says:

    I’m so happy you loved it 🙂 Pretty easy recipe, huh? I just happen to have some ground chicken at home right now that needs to be cooked…thanks for the recipe reminder!
    Sarah B recently posted..DIY polka-dot flower pots

  2. JM says:

    I’ve got this cooking in the oven right now 🙂 Curious what size pan you used though- I did two 8×8 baking dishes and it fit perfectly! Lots of leftovers for the two of us, but maybe a loaf pan would have been a more appropriate size?

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