Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Baked Spaghetti || Easy {Freezer} Meal to Bring to Others

On Sunday I made a double batch of my favorite baked spaghetti recipe to bring to a few mamas that could use a night off from cooking. I love this recipe because it is easy to make in large batches, is super delicious and toddler approved. This dish is also freezer friendly, so if the recipient is stocked on food it can easily be frozen for later.
Baked Spaghetti

Ingredients
1 16 oz package spaghetti
1 26 oz jar spaghetti sauce
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
5 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups ricotta cheese
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions
Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the eggs, Parmesan cheese and butter. Drain spaghetti; add to egg mixture and toss to coat. Place half of the spaghetti mixture in a large greased baking dish. Top with half of the ricotta cheese, sauce and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 20-25 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Yields two 9" pans.

Print recipe for Baked Spaghetti.
Don't laugh. Okay, you can laugh. But seriously, the easiest way I've found to combine the noodles with the mixture is to throw it all in my stand mixer. This is so much easier than stirring by hand to coat the noodles and the attachment cuts up the pasta into much smaller noodles which makes it easier for serving.
Time to layer! I use 9" disposable pans so there are no dishes to wash and return afterwards.
A layer of ricotta.
A light layer of sauce. Then repeat layers!
Top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
Don't forget to include reheating instructions! I used my Carolina Charm recipe cards on my last batch of baked spaghetti! My friend McKinsey had these made for me! Love them!
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17 comments:

  1. This sounds like an awesome recipe!! Can't wait to try it! Ps- love those stickers on the top of your casseroles!

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  2. Baked spaghetti is one of my favorite comfort foods, and it does make such a great new mama meal! Those recipe cards are SO cute - any idea where your friend got them?

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  3. I love your recipe cards - so cute!! This looks like a yummy/ easy recipe, thanks for sharing!

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  4. This recipe sounds very similar to the one I use. it is so yummy! I love your recipe cards. That is a nice touch when gifting a meal.

    Chels @ Red Velvet Rooster

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  5. Yum! How much does one batch make? One 9" pan?

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    1. I was wondering the same thing, I need to deliver two meals next week to some mommies who just welcomed their second babies.

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    2. I made these for families of 4 (two adults).

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    3. Perfect! So one recipe makes one meal?

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    4. One recipe yields two 9" rounds! I doubled this batch for 4 pans!

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    5. perfect! Thank you for your response!!

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  6. Have you seen this? http://9gag.com/gag/appQMrM

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  7. Thank you for sharing this! I have so many meals to get out to new mamas next week! Sorry I'm a little confused...do you bake it first and then the instructions are just for reheating or do you send it "raw"

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    1. Good question! I'll update the post! I do NOT bake it before freezing. I also do not bake it for the recipient in case they want to freeze!

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  8. Yum!! This looks delish and would be great for a dinner at home or for someone else!

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  9. These are absolutely perfect and such a thoughtful thing for friends. I had the same question as Sarah...do you freeze it raw or bake and the card instructions are reheating instructions?

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  10. I need to keep this in mind for the neighbors! I have my "go-to" meal when I drop off food for a new mommy, but love this idea for "just because."

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