Baked Spaghetti

This mash-up of lasagna and spaghetti with meat sauce makes for a warming one-pan dinner. (And if you start with leftover cooked noodles[ and meat sauce, you're set for a super-fast weeknight meal.) Assemble the casserole ahead of time and bake when you're ready to serve.]

Total Time:
1 hr 55 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
20 min
Cook:
1 hr 25 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Intermediate

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Ingredients
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large onion, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and diced (about 1 cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • One 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 8 ounces thin spaghetti
  • 8 ounces sharp Cheddar, grated (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Heat a second large pot over medium-high heat. Add the beef, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper and cook, stirring to break the meat up, until browned, about 4 minutes. Add the onions, bell peppers, garlic and a generous pinch of salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the crushed and diced tomatoes, sugar and oregano and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti for 2 minutes less than the time indicated in the package directions. Strain well. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cover the bottom of a 13-by-9-by-2-inch pan with a third of the sauce. Add half the pasta and a third of the Cheddar; repeat the layers and add the last of the sauce; reserve the last of the Cheddar.

Bake for 30 minutes. Top with the remaining Cheddar and continue baking until it melts and the sauce bubbles, about 5 more minutes. Let cool in the dish for at least 10 minutes. Garnish with the parsley before cutting into squares.

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