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Spaghetti and Meatball Casserole

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Baked spaghetti and meatball casserole is a fun twist on that classic favorite dinner. It is easier to make than lasagna and more fun too!

Bowl of cheesy baked spaghetti and meatballs next to casserole dish with more pasta inside.

On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese.  I lost my poor meatball, when somebody sneezed…. Of course spaghetti and meatballs is one of those foods that makes you feel like a kid again.

There is something so fun about long noodles covered in sauce and cheese.  Plus there is a satisfaction that comes with taking a bite out of a meatball.

Ingredients including spaghetti noodles, eggs, cottage cheese, marinara sauce, meatballs, mozzarella cheese, and seasonings ready to be made into baked spaghetti and meatballs.

This baked spaghetti and meatball casserole gives you everything you love about the classic combination only better. It is a little bit like the best parts of lasagna mixed with ‘sketti for the perfect combination.

Of course it takes a little bit longer to make, but you can assemble it ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake it off if you want. Just add a few minutes to the bake time to compensate for its colder starting temperature.

The time it spends in the oven is time well spent, I assure you. And it will give you plenty of time to make a simple salad and some garlic bread to round out the dinner.

Substitutions and Variations

We have been enjoying this spaghetti and meatball bake for years. It originally appeared on the site in 2016 and we have remade it quite a few times since.

I usually use the frozen meatballs from the grocery store for convenience. However, you can certainly use homemade meatballs if you prefer.

It is great with either ricotta cheese or cottage cheese. Here in the Midwest they are used interchangeably in dishes like this and lasagna. We have tried both and both are tasty in this spaghetti bake.

More Recipes to Try

If you are a fan of spaghetti and meatballs, you may want to try creamy spaghetti and meatballs in the instant pot too. It is a quick and easy way to whip up dinner!

Or try spaghetti and meatball sliders for an extra fun meal. They are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.

For more dinner inspiration, check out my collection of pasta recipes. There are so many tasty ways to turn a box of pasta into a fabulous meal.

Casserole dish filled with baked spaghetti and meatballs casserole with one serving missing showing the cheesy pasta, sauce, and meatballs inside.

Spaghetti and Meatball Casserole

Servings: 12 Servings
Author: Carlee
Baked spaghetti and meatball casserole is a fun twist on that classic favorite dinner. It is easier to make than lasagna and more fun too!
4.88 from 25 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1 pound meatballs
  • 16 oz spaghetti noodles
  • 24 ounces cottage cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ salt
  • ¼ black pepper
  • 24 oz jar marinara sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  • Cook your spaghetti to al dente. Drain and set aside to cool slightly.
    16 oz spaghetti noodles
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Once your spaghetti is cool enough to handle, stir together the cottage cheese, garlic, eggs, salt, and pepper. Toss the noodles in this mixture and press into a well greased 9×13 pan.
    24 ounces cottage cheese, 4 eggs, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ salt, ¼ black pepper
  • Place meatballs on top of spaghetti and distribute sauce over the casserole.
    24 oz jar marinara sauce, 1 pound meatballs
  • Cover and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  • Remove cover and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Return to oven uncovered to bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned to your liking.
    2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Allow to sit for 10 minutes, then cut and serve.


Feel free to use a tub of ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese if that is your preference, it is good either way.
You can use homemade meatballs in this recipe. Cook them according to your recipe’s directions before putting them on the casserole. Frozen meatballs also work great. They help to make this a quick and easy meal. 



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 334kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 21gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 913mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Saturday 21st of October 2023

Made this tonight and it’s so easy and so wonderful!


Saturday 21st of October 2023

I am so glad you liked it!


Sunday 17th of March 2019

Question! Do you cook freshly made meatballs before putting into casserole?!


Monday 18th of March 2019

You certainly can! I just used frozen meatballs to make it quick and easy!


Monday 11th of March 2019

This is awesome! I am so happy to find recipes that my little grand daughter will eat, she is so picky. Thank you for sharing.


Thursday 14th of March 2019

She's going to love it! Thank you!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen

Wednesday 6th of March 2019

This sounds so good Carlee! Who wouldn't love this casserole?!


Thursday 14th of March 2019

I haven't met anyone yet! Thanks, Kitty!


Wednesday 6th of March 2019

This looks delicious and would certainly be a big hit at my house. Incidentally... I'm starving right now. Can I have a plate of this delicious casserole? :)


Thursday 14th of March 2019

Of course, come on over! Thank you <3