Baked Spaghetti with Ricotta

I found this recipe on Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice  and had to make it immediately   I loved the idea of baking spaghetti with a layer of ricotta then topped with mozzarella, olives, and tomato slices.  It was fun to make and smelled amazing while it baked.  It was flavorful and delicious!  We all loved it, even my daughter who doesn’t like cheese, liked it.  I am excited to eat the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Coat an 8 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Cook the spaghetti in salted water, per instructions.

While the pasta is cooking, combine the ricotta cheese, basil, minced garlic, egg, Parmesan cheese, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Mix well until thoroughly combined.

Drain the pasta then place it back into the pot it was cooked in.  Add the spaghetti sauce and mix until evenly coated.  Place half of the spaghetti into the baking dish.  Spoon the ricotta cheese on top of the spaghetti and leaving an inch border around the edges.

Cover the ricotta mixture with the remaining spaghetti.  Sprinkle the top with mozzarella cheese, olives, and tomato slices.  Season the tomatoes with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste then sprinkle with a bit of Parmesan cheese.

Place into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let it cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.  Enjoy.

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Baked Spaghetti with Ricotta

Yield: 8

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 35 min.

Total Time: 40 min.

Ingredients:

8 oz of whole wheat spaghetti, cooked per instructions
2 1/2 cups of marinara sauce
10 oz of ricotta cheese
2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 egg
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 cup of fresh mozzarella, grated (more if desired)
2 tbsp black olives, sliced
1 tomato, sliced

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat an 8 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Cook the spaghetti in salted water, per instructions.

While the pasta is cooking, combine the ricotta cheese, basil, minced garlic, egg, Parmesan cheese, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Mix well until thoroughly combined.

Drain the pasta then place it back into the pot it was cooked in. Add the spaghetti sauce and mix until evenly coated. Place half of the spaghetti into the baking dish. Spoon the ricotta cheese on top of the spaghetti and leaving an inch border around the edges.

Cover the ricotta mixture with the remaining spaghetti. Sprinkle the top with mozzarella cheese, olives, and tomato slices. Season the tomatoes with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste then sprinkle with a bit of Parmesan cheese.

Place into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice

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30 Responses to “Baked Spaghetti with Ricotta”

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    jackie @ marin mama cooks — October 11, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

    Ok, this looks amazing and such a great and easy weeknight meal. It’s like a simplified lasagna. Love it!

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    Katarina — October 11, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

    Sounds really good!

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    Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian — October 11, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

    Pam, I love this. It looks delicious and I am sure it is.

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    Diane — October 12, 2012 @ 12:44 am

    Mmmmmm this sounds perfect. Have a good weekend Diane

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    Lia — October 12, 2012 @ 3:24 am

    Hi Pam,
    Another great combination of delicious flavours and a very mouthwatering plate of food!!
    Cheers and hope you have a sublime weekend,
    Lia.

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    Kim in MD — October 12, 2012 @ 3:37 am

    This looks delicious, Pam! I can see why this was a hit with your family (and even your daughter who doesn’t like cheese-yeah! ). ;-)

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    Sandi — October 12, 2012 @ 4:08 am

    oooo that looks excellent Pam….but everything you make looks excellent!!! My family would love this. I have thought about doing it with leftover spaghetti but not with fresh. Definitely going to try it.

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    bellini — October 12, 2012 @ 5:39 am

    I have bookmarked this recipe too as I also love the combination.

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    Chris — October 12, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    This looks like a great make-ahead dinner and a fun, unique twist on lasagna!

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    Joanne — October 12, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    I was going through my pinterest boards just yesterday and this recipe caught my eye! You making it is a sign that I also need to make it and SOON.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 12, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    I’ve always wanted to try baked spaghetti! This combo with the ricotto sounds amazing, and I’m sure this will produce lots of work-lunch leftovers for me! :)

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    pam — October 12, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    I have been craving a cheesy baked casserole!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — October 12, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    This looks so cheesy and great!

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    Amy (Savory Moments) — October 13, 2012 @ 4:29 am

    Baked spaghetti is so delicious and comforting. I can only imagine that a layer or ricotta takes it over the top!

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    Rhonda — October 13, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    my husband would LOVE this! I am so pinning it to his pinterest board, yum.

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    teresa — October 13, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    you know you have a winner when you are excited to eat it the next day! this looks so good, i love that topping!

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    mia xara — October 13, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    Pasta dishes are always welcome in our household and this one sounds and looks very tasty! It’s even a great idea to use left over spaghetti! :)

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    Muna Kenny — October 14, 2012 @ 6:27 am

    OMG! This dish is full of goodness. I’m bookmarking this recipe and will try it coming weekend! Can’t stop staring at the first picture, it looks so yummy :)

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    Sues — October 14, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    Ooh this looks like the best pasta dish I’ve seen in a long time! I love meals that make delicious leftovers I can bring to lunch the next day :)

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    easy pasta recipes — October 14, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    My nephew loves spaghetti and asks me to cook some every time he comes for a visit. Naturally I wanted something new for him and I’m so glad I stumbled upon this recipe. Such a flavorful yet easy pasta recipe.

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    Peggy Recker — October 14, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    Yum this sounds great!

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    Katy's Eats — October 14, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    Italian recipe ! Very good !

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — October 15, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    I love the way this looks! I am going to try it soon. I make baked pasta all the time but have never tried baked spaghetti.

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    Chris — October 22, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    Great idea. It’s spaghettasgna? lasagnetti? Forget it…it’s good!

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    Elsy — April 29, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    I made this dish for our friends last night! I changed it up a little. For the meat I used ground turkey and the other half I used Jimmy Dean Sausage. It was amazing!!!!! Everyone loves it! I made a huge pan of it and its almost gone! I highly recommend this recipe!!! And everyone loved the tomatoes!!!!!!!!! And it’s very easy! Thank you!!! It was a huge hit!!!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — May 7, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

    I have some black olive and ricotta sitting in the fridge and needed a idea, then magically I came across this recipe. Perfect! Pinned to make soon!

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    Eunmi — May 15, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    I made this tonight. Oh my, it was soooooo good! My husband and I loved it.
    Thank you for the recipe. I’m a big fan of your blog and love your cooking!

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