Baked Tuscan Spaghetti Casserole


Baked Tuscan Spaghetti Casserole

Baked Tuscan Spaghetti Casserole
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For those days when you can't enjoy the atmosphere of a classic Italian bistro, make one of your favorite dishes right at home with this family-friendly recipe for Baked Tuscan Spaghetti Casserole.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 (26-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish or 3-quart casserole with cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef with 1/2 teaspoon salt until no pink remains; drain off excess liquid. Stir in spaghetti sauce; set aside.
  3. Prepare spaghetti according to package directions; drain and place in a large bowl. Add ricotta cheese, sour cream, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and remaining salt. Stir until cheese is melted and spaghetti is evenly coated.
  4. Spread a cup of meat sauce in the bottom of prepared baking dish. Place spaghetti on top of sauce and top with remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. Cover with aluminum foil.
  5. Bake 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake 5 to 10 additional minutes, or until heated through.


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Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 6

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 654
  • Calories from Fat 285
  • Total Fat 32g 49 %
  • Saturated Fat 16g 80 %
  • Trans Fat 0.7g 0 %
  • Protein 34g 68 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 118mg 39 %
  • Sodium 1,303mg 54 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 57g 19 %
  • Dietary Fiber 1.9g 7 %
  • Sugars 8.9g 0 %

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I make this fairly often. I add an extra jar of sauce simetines, mushrooms. It's an absolute winner with great leftovers. Even my 100% Sicilian descent husband will ask for it!

This recipe was very dry and I would not prepare it again.

We're very sorry to hear that the recipe came out dry We know how frustrating it can be The Test Kitchen came up with a few suggestions as to what might have happened The recipe calls for oz of spaghetti so if a whole box which is usually oz was used there may have been more pasta than the recipe called for Also spaghetti sauce tends to change the size of their bottles from time to time as well so if the bottle was a smaller size that could also be a reason it came out dry Another thought was that if a - x -inch baking dish was used the recipe is spread out more so reducing the cooking time by a few minutes may keep it from drying out Again we're very sorry that this came out dry for you We hope you'll give it a second chance andRead More if you do we'd love to hear the results

Who doesn't love spaghetti? And baked spaghetti is even better, but I like the looks of this one more than the baked spaghetti's I have had before. This recipe has tons of positive comments and it is easy to see why. One person said it tastes similar to lasagna, and with ricotta cheese being one of the ingredients, I can imagine that being pretty accurate. I can't wait to try this.

This was a big hit with my son who is a picky eater!

I think this would make a nice dish to take to church.

I would like to put this in the crock pot instead of the oven, but how long would you set the crock pot for and at what temperature.

Hello! While we haven't tested this recipe in a slow cooker, we think it would work. If you follow the recipe as-is (putting the already cooked beef and prepared spaghetti into the slow cooker) we recommend cooking on low in the slow cooker for about 2 hours. If you prefer to put the uncooked spaghetti and uncooked beef into the slow cooker, then we recommend 6 hours on low or 2.5 hours on high. We'd love to hear how it works out and we hope that everyone enjoys! )

Would this be a good dish to freeze prior to cooking?

Yes, this spaghetti casserole can be frozen before cooking. :)

What an interesting 'twist' on the usual "Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce" dish", or "Spaghetti w/Meatballs"! I'll definitely make this dish the next time I would have served 'traditional' Spaghetti to my family. I will (however) use 'lighter' Ricotta 'lighter' Sour Cream. I don't think that this will effect the flavor of the dish, but we'll see....I love recipes which save on prep time, since we're all pretty busy now-a-days! I'm looking forward to making this dish since it's easy to prepare, and it sounds very tasty.

You could substitute low fat cream cheese for the sour cream, which is similar in in taste and texture to marscapone, but a lot cheaper.

Don't see where it asks for Marscapone cheese....

made this with cottage cheese instead of ricotta very good, definite do over even better the next day!!

I wish there was nutrition information

There are so many websites where you just plug in the ingredients and it gives you all the nutrition information you'd ever want. Not hard.

I hope to try this someday soon.0

Why can't I save certain recipes like this one? I don't see the Save button.

When you do not see the "save" option, that means you already have it saved. To the right of the recipe you will see "remove from box". That is a hint that you already have it. Hope this helps.

The old webste made it so easy to add to Recipe Box. How do I add this recipe? There are no clues on the website.

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This recipe is easy to prepare, and that is definitely a plus. There is a higher ratio of ricotta in this recipe, than there is in a traditional lasagna. The ricotta layer might benefit from the addition of mozzarella cheese.

Very good, my family loved it. Next time I will make it in 9x13 pyrex dish, it will not be as thick and easier to serve.

If you read the recipe again, you will see that it calls to be made in a 9x13 pan coated with spray.

I made this today and it is absolutely awesome. So easy and sooooo good.

Really good and easy, reading the other comments I think I will try it with shells next time also more sauce!!

I just love Mr. Food's receipes. Can't wait to try this one - I think I will run out to the grocery store this minute. Yumooooooo!!

I made the baked Tuscan spaghetti and omg it was awesome,thank u

My mother-in-law made this with shell pasta and the cheese sauce seemed to fill them as if they were stuffed. I will make this again.

Going to try shells next time, great idea!!

Next time I would add more sauce (mine came out a bit on the dry side) and I would cut the spaghetti in half (so as to make it scoop out a bit easier). Other than that, we enjoyed this! I also added some shredded mozzarella cheese with the parm on top.

Great dish.....substituted spicey sausage for ground beef.

This is soooo good!!! I will make this again!!!!!

Good recipe. My husband and I really enjoyed this. It tastes a lot like lasagna. Will make this again.

My family loved this recipe! I added some crushed red pepper flakes which added a nice kick! It was delicious! Serve with garlic bread and you're good to go! Might try with a pound of Italian sausage next time just to change it up.

we loved this. made exactly other then doubled for the whole family and it was a hit.

Not to put a damper on things, but if your going to go to the trouble of making spagetti, why dirty out all the extra dishes, and wait for the oven, why can't you throw it all together, slap it on the table and call it good??/Long time good cook here, just a suggestion everyone. smiles.

It looked so good on TV so I have sent my hubby to the store for all the ingredients. Our dinner tonight...

Great meal for our evening meal.

I haven't made this yet. But it looks soooo good. Will make it soon.

planning to make it for company but one of my friends does not like ricotta can I use cottage cheese

I was wondering were you get the Vodka Pasta Sauce i live in Canada is it here or USA or any thing close to that taste much appreciated

It's usually found in local supermarkets in the pasta aisle with spaghetti sauce. If you cant find it, you could always make you own using marinara sauce, a little cream and vodka.

Made this dish for dinner last night; could have sworn it was called 'creamy spaghetti casserole'! Made it exactly according to the recipe except used pecorino romano cheese to top because that's all I had. Got rave reviews from all present! Used Barilla Tomato & Basil jarred sauce. Next time I'll make with Italian pork sausage for variety, maybe a different sauce (So many to choose from!), and perhaps Asiago cheese. The ricotta and sour cream mixed into the hot pasta make for great flavor and fabulous texture. This is definitely on my repeat list! Thanks, Mr. Food!

My husband is not into sour cream. Can you substitute plain yogurt or something else?

If you would like to leave out the sour cream, we would recommend substituting either marscapone cheese or plain Greek yogurt. We suggest Greek yogurt because it's consistency is similar to sour cream. Enjoy!

Calorie counts are on most all ingredients these days, so anyone can figure these up. Sounds delish!

It doesn't get much easier than this! Instead of red spaghetti sauce I used Vodka Pasta Sauce - oh, YUM!! It was a Family Hit when I served this last night with salad and garlic toast.

Very good

Can we have a calorie count on this? I'm trying to watch my weight. :( sounds yummy!

In moderation, EVERY THING is acceptable . . . trust me, I KNOW that . . . been watching my weight for YEARS and I've enjoyed many "fattening" foods but, in moderation . . .

My kind of food! Love the ingredients and will make it this week!

I made in a crock pot to take to party. Was great with salad and garlic bread

For how long in the crock pot?

Hi, This sounds delicious and if made in a crock pot you don't have to heat the oven. How long did you cook it in the crock pot? Janet

OMG, this looks good! I swear I could eat it for breakfast! ;0) Anyway, will be perfect to serve my parents when they arrive for the winter next month!

Made this for dinner tonight. Substituted with ground turkey. It was very good. I will make this again.

Ground turkey is available Italian style. I am going to make this with Turkey Sweet Italian sausage. I can't wait.

sounds good


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