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Baked Spaghetti with Ricotta

If you are looking for an easy to make recipe for a cozy family meal, this Baked Spaghetti with Ricotta and Marinara Sauce is a winner! It is simple to make and the perfect cheesy comfort food.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Baked Spaghetti with Ricotta
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 567kcal
Author Wendy Polisi

Ingredients

  • ½  tablespoon  avocado oil
  • pound  ground beef  preferably grass-fed
  • medium onion  chopped fine (or 2 small)
  • cloves  garlic  minced
  • teaspoon  Italian seasoning
  • 24  ounces  Little Italy in the Bronx Marinara
  • 16  ounces  spaghetti  I used gluten-free, but feel free to substitute for regular spaghetti
  • ounces  ricotta cheese
  • 12  ounces  Mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add ground beef and cook, using a wooden spoon to break up.
  • Once the ground beef has started to brown and is broken up into small pieces, add onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning to pan. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook until the meat is brown and onions are tender about 7 to 8 minutes.
  • Stir in marinara and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti according to package instructions.
  • Drain and return to the hot pan. Toss with the ricotta cheese.
  • Place a spoon full of the meat sauce in the bottom of a 13 x 9” casserole dish. Top with half of the noodles, half of the sauce and half of the cheese. Repeat the layers, ending with the cheese.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until warm and bubbly.

Notes

VARIATIONS FOR SPAGHETTI CASSEROLE WITH RICOTTA

  • For a lower carb alternative, substitute spaghetti squash for the spaghetti.
  • For an extra kick of veggies, add ½ cup diced green bell pepper, ½ cup diced red pepper and ½ pound sliced button mushrooms when you add the onion.
  • Mix up the cheeses and use sharp cheddar in place of the mozzarella. Alternatively, use a blend of the two.

Nutrition

Calories: 567kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 778mg | Potassium: 650mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 790IU | Vitamin C: 6.9mg | Calcium: 320mg | Iron: 3.3mg