Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs


Spaghetti and meatballs—meet casserole.

Hands On Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
50 mins
Broil Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
6 serves

For this one-dish wonder, everything cooks together—no separate sauté pan for meatballs, saucepot for marinara, and pasta pot for spaghetti. Everything goes uncooked in the oven and, in less than an hour (plenty of time to toss a fresh green salad), you have a ready-to-serve family favorite. Use your homemade marinara or open a jar of your favorite brand; you can't go wrong with this no-fail, company-worthy dinner.


  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef

  • 1 cup seasoned panko bread crumbs

  • ¾ cup whole milk

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • Kosher salt and black pepper

  • 4 cups marinara sauce (32 ounces)

  • 12 ounces spaghetti, broken in half

  • 3 sprigs basil, plus leaves for garnishing

  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced

  • Green salad, for serving


  1. Heat oven to 400° F. In a large bowl, combine beef, panko, milk, eggs, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Mix well and form into 18 meatballs.

  2. Whisk marinara sauce and 1 cup water in a 2½-quart baking dish until well blended. Add spaghetti and stir to evenly coat in the sauce, arrange in an even layer, and then top with meatballs and basil sprigs.

  3. Cover and bake, gently stirring once or twice, until pasta and meatballs are cooked through, 50 to 60 minutes.

  4. Top with the cheese and broil, uncovered, 6 inches from heat until the cheese melts and some meatballs are lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Garnish with basil leaves and serve with salad.

    Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs
    Marcus Nilsson

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

740 Calories
36g Fat
61g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 740
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Cholesterol 175mg 58%
Sodium 820mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 39g
Calcium 315mg 24%
Iron 7mg 36%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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