Baked Spaghetti with Italian sausage
- 1 lb uncooked spaghetti noodles
- 1 jar of favorite spaghetti sauce (16 oz)
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 8 oz mozzarella cheese (shredded)
- 1 lb Italian sausage
- 1 bell pepper (orange or yellow – chopped)
- 1 medium onion (minced)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
- Cook spaghetti al dente. Drain. Save 1/2 cup of pasta water.
- In a fry pan, heat olive oil. Cook minced onions and garlic until translucent. (2-4 minutes). Add loose sausage. Cook on medium high until meat is thoroughly cooked. Break sausage into small chunks as it cooks. Drain excess fat and set aside.
- In a glass baking dish (9″ x 13″), mix spaghetti water, yogurt, Italian seasoning, vinegar, and 1/2 of the spaghetti sauce. Add spaghetti noodles and mix until noodles are coated with creamy sauce.
- Add cooked sausage and chopped bell pepper. Mix together.
- Spread second half of spaghetti sauce on top of the noodles.
- Top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes or until the outer edges are nicely brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
- Cut into squares and serve on plates. (Serves 6 – 8)
Baked Spaghetti Thoughts
Our baked spaghetti recipe is a favorite in our household. While this recipe is similar to lasagna, it is far less complicated to make. We love to hide veggies in this recipe, including vegan meatball substitutes.
What is “al dente”?
This is another one of those terms that you hear all the time but don’t know what it actually means. I counted myself in that group until a kind Italian woman explained it to me. Al dente roughly means “chewy”. In terms of spaghetti noodles, it means you slightly under-cook the noodles. This recipe benefits from al dente because the noodles will continue to soften during the baking process. ?