Sunday, March 22, 2015

Johnny J's Baked Spaghetti

I am just going to say it, I married one heck of a cook! If I had the money, I would open this man a restaurant. I love that he shares the cooking duties with me and does not complain about it one bit.

One of my favorite dishes he makes is his baked spaghetti. Yes, I know, it is hard to mess up baked spaghetti. However, I am here to tell you, I have seen some baked spaghetti that I would consider uneatable. I do not know what makes his so great. It really is a very simple recipe. However, I would take his baked spaghetti any day over anything else. 

I have actually been craving this meal for weeks now. However, something always seemed to get in our way. Well, tonight I was bound and determined that we were having this dish.

Now on to the recipe!

Johnny J's Baked Spaghetti
Recipe by the Cookin' Hubby

You will need:
Two jars spaghetti sauce, any flavor, any brand
Medium onion
One pound of ground beef
One pound of Italian sausage
Minced garlic
Two cans sliced mushrooms
One box of spaghetti
Mozzarella cheese

In a large skillet, saute the onions in approximately 2 Tbsp of butter.

Then add your ground beef and Italian sausage.

After the meat is browned, strain off the excess fat.

Place your skillet back on the stove and add your garlic to the pan. Let it hang out for about a minute and then add back in the ground beef mixture.

Add in your spaghetti sauce and mushrooms.

Stir until everything is combined and let simmer while your prepare your pasta.

While your sauce is simmering, bring to boil a large pot of water. Do not forget to salt your water. And I really do not know why you salt the water. I have never really known. I just know my mother does and my grandmother use to. So, then in my opinion, it must be the right thing to do - LOL!

Once your water comes to a boil, add in your spaghetti noodles that you have broken into thirds. Cook until the pasta is al dente and then drain.

Add in about a 1/3 of your sauce to the cooked pasta and stir well.

Place saucy noodles into your prepared baking dish and mix in TWO handfuls of cheese. The Cookin' Hubby says he likes doing this because the noodles hold together better.

Cover the spaghetti with the remaining sauce.

Finally, cover with remaining cheese (approximately 2 cups).

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes to melt and brown the cheese.

We served the meal with some quick cheese toast that the Cookin' Hubby made out of some white bread we had at the house. The bread was a really good addition.

I hope you enjoy!!

Love to you all from The Busy Cooking Momma!

Johnny J's Baked Spaghetti
Print Recipe Here

2 jars (24 oz) spaghetti sauce, any flavor
1 medium onion, diced
2 Tbsp butter
1 lb ground beef
1 lb Italian sausage, any heat
1 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 (7oz) cans sliced mushrooms
1 lb spaghetti noodles, broken in 1/3
3 cups mozzarella cheese

1. In a large skillet, saute onion the butter over medium high heat.
2. When onions are almost done, add in ground beef and Italian sausage. Brown until no longer pink.
3. Drain excess fat off of ground beef mixture.
4. Return skillet to stove and add garlic. Saute for approximately one minute over medium heat. Add back in ground beef mixture and combine.
5. Add spaghetti sauce and mushrooms. Stir to combine and let simmer over medium low heat while cooking the spaghetti.
6. Heat water for spaghetti over high heat. When water comes to a boil, add in the broken noodles. Cook until al dente and drain.
7. Once noodles are drained, ladle 1/3 of sauce into noodles and stir well. Make sure everything is good and coated.
8. Pour spaghetti into prepared 9X13 baking dish. Add in two handfuls of cheese and stir well. Flatten noodle mixture until smooth.
9. Ladle on remaining sauce and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
10. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes until cheese is melted and slightly browned.


  1. So I will be honest. I had no clue baked spaghetti was a think until recently, but I may have to give this a try! It looks delicious! Pinning!

  2. Thank you Mandee. Baked spaghetti is amazing in my opinion LOL. I never really had it until Cookin' Hubby and I got married but I love it now.

  3. AFAIK, salted water boils faster. It also makes the pasta taste better. I recently read some criticism about a restaurant that was not salting its pasta in order to make its pots last longer.

  4. Marie, I kind of knew about the salt making the pasta taste better. However, I never knew about it making the water boil faster. It is just one of those things I did because that is how I was taught to do it, LOL!

  5. This was very yummy. My hubby and kids loved it - so it's going on the regular rotation! Thank you!

    1. You are very welcome! I am so glad you and your family enjoyed it!

    2. You are very welcome! I am so glad you and your family enjoyed it!