Easy Baked Spaghetti takes minutes to make and your whole family will love it!
I seem to gravitate towards meals I can make ahead of time and have all of the dishes clean before my husband gets home. That way we can have a hot meal on the table and minimal clean up afterwards. It’s been that way since we became parents. (It also means that I can actually have a hot meal and not lukewarm after the meal photography session ends. — Logan, the husband)
I’m always trying to make every minute we have as a family, quality time. i.e. I don’t want to spend the 1 hour we have as a family at night doing the dishes.
Anyway. What I’m getting at is that easy is the name of the game!
My friend, Katie from Katie’s Cucina and her husband Jon are getting ready to introduce a little boy into the world. In preparation, I have joined up with other food and craft bloggers to share some easy recipes and crafts for Katie and Jon to have once their little one arrives.
My husband, my mom, Liam and I first met Katie and Jon while on the monorail going to the Magic Kingdom during Food Blog Forum! Such a fun time! Then, Katie and I got to know one another better while at Blog Her Food.
Katie is so nice and I’m so excited for them!
I hope you enjoy these and find some great ones to try with your busy family!
Easy Recipe & Crafts for Busy Families:
- Easy Broccoli & Cheddar Soup from The Little Kitchen
- Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers from Cook the Story
- Individual Tortilla Caprese Pizzas from a farmgirl’s dabbles
- Easy Cheesy Potato Corn Chowder from A Little Claireification
- Slow Cooker Jambalaya from A Spicy Perspective
- Italian Style Stir Fry from Aggie’s Kitchen
- Apricot Chicken from Bombshell Bling
- Cuban Casserole with Whole Grain Mustard Butter Biscuits from Climbing Grier Mountain
- Freezer-Friendly Quinoa Meatballs from Cooking with Books
- Baby Boy Subway Art Printable from H2OBungalow
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Cake from Inside BruCrew Life
- Asparagus And Leek Quiche from Kokocooks
- Roasted Lemon Parmesan Chicken with Red Potatoes from Life After Empty Nest
- Yogurt Blueberry and Honey Smoothie from My Sweet Zepol
- Pesto Parmesan Chicken Salad from Shaken Together
- Printable Baby Whale Themed Cards and Project Life Mini Album from Simply Kelly Designs
- Coconut Cookie Butter Sandwich Cookies from Simply Southern Baking
- Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Garden Vegetables from Sweet Remedy
- Easy Kofta Kebabs from Tasty Chomps
- Crock Pot Fajitas with Chicken and Quinoa from The Dinner-Mom
- Overnight Oatmeal from The Hungry Housewife
- Honey-Dijon Chicken, Apple & Quinoa Wraps from The Kitchen Prep
- Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Soup from The Lemon Bowl
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos from The Nifty Foodie
- DIY Whale Art from While They Snooze
- One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice from Yellow Bliss Road
Easy Baked Spaghetti
inspired by Noshing with the Nolands
- 1 pound Ditalini pasta (or other favorite noodle or spaghetti)
- 2 cups frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
- 15 ounces part skim ricotta cheese
- 1/2 of a 0.4 ounce ranch dressing mix package
- 24 ounce jar of marinara sauce
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
- 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13″ pan with oil.
- Cook the noodles according to the packaged instructions.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir the spinach, ricotta cheese and dressing mix together.
- Once the noodles are cooked, drain and put back into the pot. Stir in the marinara sauce and 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese until combined.
- Spread half of the noodle mixture into the prepared pan.
- Spread all of the spinach mixture onto the noodles.
- Spread the remaining noodle mixture on top.
- Sprinkle the remaining parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese on top.
- Bake for 30 minutes until melted and hot.