Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Baked Spaghetti Alfredo with Meatballs in Marinara

If it were up to my daughter we would have spaghetti every night. Now, there's nothing inherently wrong with spaghetti. Except that it's kind of boring. Adding meatballs helps, but it's still just an ultra basic dish.

I'm more of an Alfredo fan. It's rich, creamy and so satisfying. But if I make Alfredo, my daughter won't eat it. Tired of battling out who gets their sauce of choice, I've found a solution: Baked Spaghetti Alfredo with Meatballs in Marinara.

It's a mouthful to say, but a delicious mouthful to eat.

This meal is really two meals in one. You prepare the spaghetti Alfredo, and then prepare the meatballs and marinara.

3-4 cups thin spaghetti, cooked
Alfredo sauce
   1 pint heavy cream
   2 tsp garlic, minced
   1/2 tsp salt
   1/2 tsp pepper
   4 oz cream cheese
   4 Tbsp butter
   2 cups shredded Parmesan

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Marinara sauce
Italian meatballs


  1. Prepare the thin spaghetti according to package directions.
  2. Prepare the Alfredo sauce by placing heavy cream, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add the cream cheese (cut it into small pieces first) and butter. Use a whisk to combine until smooth.
  4. Just as the sauce begins to boil, add 2 cups Parmesan cheese. Use a whisk to stir until the cheese has melted and combined for a smooth Alfredo sauce.
  5. Combine the spaghetti and Alfredo sauce in a large mixing bowl.
  6. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and spoon the spaghetti/Alfredo mixture into each muffin cup. Pack down with a spoon and top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with oregano.
  7. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and starting to get some golden spots.
  8. Toward the end of baking, heat up marinara sauce and meatballs.
  9. Prepare the dish for serving by spooning marinara sauce on a plate. Add one or more baked spaghetti rounds, and top with meatballs.
This meal definitely takes some timing and preparation, but it's worth it. The baked spaghetti Alfredo is rich and full of texture since it has been baked and crisps up a little. The Alfredo mingles with the bright marinara for an explosion of flavor. And the meatballs add some needed protein to balance everything out.

It's a meal kids and adults can both agree should be made again.

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Masshole Mommy said...

I am from a big Italian family and pasta is anything but basic. There are a MILLION ways to serve it.

Roxanne Ferber said...

These look so delicious!! We have Italian dinner every Sunday. I'll have to add these into our rotation!

Katarzyna Wójcik said...

You can't go wrong with spaghetti & meatballs! It's one of my favorite combinations :)

Kimberly Stroh said...

It looks so yummy! I love spaghetti! It's so comforting

Monica Benavidez said...

Oh my gosh! I totally hate cooking, but this looks so tasty that I think I will get the ingredients this weekend to whip this up.

ana de jesus said...

You can't go wrong with a delicious yet quick and easy dish like this! I like mine with Quorn as I am veggie.

Amber N said...

I can tell you what makes that's gotta be the cream! Cream makes everything awesome! :)

Beth@FrugalFroggie said...

I am so making this. I have never made baked spaghetti before.

OurFamilyWorld said...

That looks so delicious! We love baked spaghetti and I can't wait to try your recipe.

Heather said...

Yum! I just happen to have all of these ingredients on hand, so I think I am going to have to make this for dinner!

Amanda Love said...

We just love pasta in our house but I've never done it this way before. I usually just do it the regular way in a pot on the stove. Will have to try your recipe.

Deb Clem-Buckert said...

This sounds absolutely delicious. I like that it's family friendly and who cares that it takes a little extra work. I love anything crispy.

Blythe A. said...

My great aunt used to make an amazing baked spaghetti. I have her recipe, but haven't made it in years. It feels a lot of people. This recipe reminds me so much of her. Yum.

Amy Jones said...

This looks really yummy! It's a very fun a different way to cook spaghettis and meatballs they're going to love this at home

di said...

I can honestly say I've never had baked spaghetti, and had never heard of such a thing till I came to America. Seems a weird...

Shelly @ Behind Blue Eyes said...

I have never made baked spaghetti before. I make baked ziti a lot, but never spaghetti. If my 4 yr old daughter had a choice, we'd be eating spaghetti every night for dinner too.

caitlin said...

Meatballs are the best! YUM.

Shirley Wood said...

Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipe with us at Merry Monday.

nicole said...

Delicious I love a good Spaghetti and meatball recipe. I am all about the cheese, which I shouldn't be eating, I just can't help myself.

Jeanne Grunert said...

Sounds like a delicious and easy recipe! Thanks for sharing it on the #HomeMattersParty