Creamy Saucy Baked Spaghetti recipe

Feast your eyes (and forks) on a dish that’s bound to become the new star of your dinner repertoire: the Creamiest, Sauciest Baked Spaghetti you’ll ever have the pleasure of tasting. This isn’t just another pasta dish; it’s a culinary hug, a comfort food masterpiece that takes the humble spaghetti and elevates it to dizzying heights of deliciousness.

Imagine tender strands of angel hair pasta, lovingly intertwined with a rich, seasoned ground beef and a tangy tomato sauce. But we don’t stop there. We take it a step further by drenching the entire affair in a velvety cheese sauce, made from a blend of cream, ricotta, and Colby cheese, seasoned to perfection with garlic and a medley of spices. As if that wasn’t enough, a hint of sweetness is optional but recommended, adding a layer of complexity that will have your taste buds dancing.

This baked spaghetti is not just a meal; it’s an experience. Designed for those evenings when only the most comforting of foods will do, it promises to envelop you in its warm, cheesy embrace, ensuring that each forkful is a taste of home-cooked heaven. Perfect for gatherings, ideal for a family dinner, and absolutely the answer to your comfort food cravings, this dish is a heartwarming reminder of the magic of pasta.

This baked spaghetti is the epitome of comfort food, with layers of flavors and textures that come together in every bite. The optional addition of sugar to the sauce adds a delightful complexity that balances the acidity of the tomatoes, while the creamy, cheesy sauce envelops the pasta in a rich, velvety blanket. Enjoy this indulgent, saucy masterpiece with a side salad or garlic bread for the ultimate cozy meal.


  • 1 box Angel hair pasta
  • 2 jars of your preferred red sauce
  • 1.5 lbs cooked and seasoned ground beef
  • 1/2 cup sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 15-ounce container of ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Colby cheese
  • 1/3 cup minced garlic
  • Preferred seasonings (garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning)
  • A large casserole dish


  1. Preheat Oven: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C) to get it ready for baking.
  2. Prepare the Meat Sauce:
    • In your large casserole dish, combine the two jars of red sauce with the cooked and seasoned ground beef.
    • Stir in the 1/2 cup of sugar if you’re using it. This can help cut the acidity of the tomatoes and add a slight sweetness to the sauce.
  3. Cook the Pasta:
    • Cook the Angel hair pasta in boiling water until al dente, according to the package instructions. Remember, the pasta will continue to cook in the oven, so it’s best to leave it slightly underdone.
    • Drain the pasta and add it to the casserole dish, mixing well with the meat sauce.
  4. Make the Cheese Sauce:
    • In the same pot you used for the pasta, combine the 1/2 cup of cream and the ricotta cheese over low heat. Add the minced garlic and your preferred seasonings.
    • Whisk the mixture until well combined and the ricotta is broken down into a smoother consistency.
    • Add the shredded Colby cheese to the pot and continue to stir until the cheese has melted and the sauce has thickened, resembling a creamy mac and cheese sauce.
  5. Combine and Bake:
    • Pour the creamy cheese sauce over the spaghetti mixture in the casserole dish. It will look quite soupy, but that’s exactly what you want. The pasta will absorb the sauce as it bakes, becoming incredibly creamy.
    • Gently stir to ensure the sauce is evenly distributed throughout the pasta.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden and bubbly.
  6. Serving:
    • Let the baked spaghetti sit for a few minutes after taking it out of the oven to set a bit, making it easier to serve.
    • Garnish with fresh basil or parsley if desired, and serve hot.

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