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Easy Spaghetti Pizza Bake

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This easy spaghetti pizza bake combines two family-favorite recipes into the ultimate comfort food dish! Made with tender spaghetti noodles, hearty marinara sauce, and all your favorite pizza toppings, it’s a quick weeknight meal everyone will love. 

spaghetti pizza topped with pepperonis

Is Spaghetti Pizza Actually a Thing? 

You bet it is! It might sound strange at first, but trust us, spaghetti pizza is incredible. Made with all the comfort of cooked pasta noodles and the savory goodness of cheesy pizza, it’s truly a match made in heaven. We love to include ground beef, tons of Mozzarella cheese, and a sprinkle of pepperonis. However, you can easily customize the ingredients and toppings to satisfy all your cravings. Even better, it comes together super easily, bakes in just 20 minutes, and is perfect for feeding a crowd! 

Ingredients You’ll Need

We kept the ingredients for this pizza bake simple, sticking with the basics. Here’s what we used: 

  • Beef – We prefer to use lean ground beef to prevent the dish from becoming soggy or too loaded with fat. 
  • Marinara sauce – To save time, we opt for a homemade version, but you could easily make your own with a recipe like this
  • Spaghetti – Use regular pasta, whole wheat pasta, or gluten-free varieties to fit your needs. You could even use a different shape if you aren’t a fan of spaghetti
  • Sour cream and cottage cheese – When combined, these help create an ultra-creamy pizza bake and lock in moisture, keeping your noodles tender. Plus, the cottage cheese provides a good boost of extra protein! 
  • Flavor additions – Minced garlic, salt, pepper, and Italian herbs help create the classic pizza flavor we all love. 
  • Cheese – We used a combination of Mozzarella and Parmesan, but feel free to use whatever you like best. 
  • Pepperoni – Totally optional, we love to add a sprinkle of turkey pepperoni on top for extra pizza flavor. 

Optional Mix-Ins and Toppings

Don’t tell our kids, but sometimes we like to mix a few hidden veggies into the marinara sauce. Add a sprinkling of shredded carrots or finely diced mushrooms, and they’ll never know! Additionally, there are obviously endless versions of pizza out there. So, feel free to mix and match your favorite toppings to make this recipe your own. Some of our favorite variations include: 

  • Chicken or Chicken Sausage
  • Kalamata Olives 
  • Red Onions
  • Green Peppers
  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Fresh Herbs
  • Pineapple (Yes, we went there!) 

How to Make the Best Spaghetti Pizza Bake Pasta

You’re never gonna believe how easy this pizza bake pasta is to make. Just follow the steps below, and dinner will be on the table in about 30 minutes! 

a whole bowl full of pizza spaghetti bake
  1. Prepare the pasta: Cook the noodles to al dente, according to the package instructions. 
  2. Brown the beef: Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and brown the beef. Then, add in the garlic, ½ teaspoon of salt, and ½ teaspoon of pepper. 
  3. Combine the ingredients: Add the sour cream, cottage cheese, and remaining seasonings to a large bowl, and mix to combine. Stir in the cooked spaghetti, making sure it is well coated. 
  4. Layer the pizza bake: Add the noodle mixture to a deep round baking dish. Spread marinara sauce on top in an even layer followed by the ground beef, cheese, and pepperoni. 
  5. Bake: Place the dish in the oven, and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Enjoy! 
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Make Ahead and Storage Options

To make your life easier, feel free to prepare this pizza bake in advance! Just layer all the ingredients in a baking dish, and keep it covered in the fridge until you’re ready to eat. Then, just pop it in the oven, and it’s good to go! 

Refrigerator: Once baked and fully cooled, leftover pizza bake pasta can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Freezer: For a longer-lasting option, place leftovers in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Reheating: Let frozen spaghetti pizza bake thaw in the fridge overnight. When you’re ready to eat, warm it in the microwave. Or, pop it back in the oven until heated through.  

a slice of pizza spaghetti bake on a plate

Serving Suggestions

This recipe is super filling all on its own. However, it also pairs well with all your favorite sides for a well-balanced meal! Some of our favorite pairings include: 

More Spaghetti Recipes

Looking for more easy spaghetti dishes? Try more of our favorite recipes below! 

  • Oven Baked Spaghetti – Quick, easy, and delicious, this viral recipe is here to stay. 
  • One Pot Spaghetti Carbonara – Rich, creamy, and loaded with bacon and peas, this hearty recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes for a dinner that’s guaranteed to please.  
  • Spaghetti Arrabiata Bake – A longtime favorite, this recipe is spicy, savory, and totally irresistible.
  • One Pot Greek Spaghetti – Full of Mediterranean flavor, this pasta is the fastest, most delicious meal you’ll ever make.
pizza spaghetti bake topped with pepperoni

Easy Spaghetti Pizza Bake

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This easy spaghetti pizza bake combines two family-favorite recipes into the ultimate comfort food dish! Made with tender spaghetti noodles, hearty marinara sauce, and all your favorite pizza toppings, it’s a quick weeknight meal everyone will love.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Meals, Meat, Quick Recipes, Recipes
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6
Calories 645 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces spaghetti noodles
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (divided)
  • 1/2 cup Sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups Cottage cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • 1 (16-24 ounce) jar marinara sauce (add as little or as much sauce as you like)
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 8 ounces turkey pepperoni

Instructions
 

  • Cook the noodles until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • Brown ground beef in a large skillet. Once beef has cooked, add garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, cottage cheese, dried herbs, and the remaining salt and pepper. Add to the cooked spaghetti, and stir until all the noodles are coated with the cottage cheese mixture.
  • To assemble, add the noodles to a deep round baking dish. Top with marinara sauce, ground beef, and both cheeses and pepperoni. Bake for 20 minutes, or until all cheese is melted and bubbly.

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Notes

*You can customize this will all your favorite pizza toppings!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 645kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 1974mg | Potassium: 906mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 831IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 349mg | Iron: 5mg
Keyword comfort food, one pot recipe, pasta pizza bake, pizza, pizza bake, spaghetti pizza
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