Easy Baked Spaghetti

Easy Baked Spaghetti takes minutes to make and your whole family will love it!

Easy Baked Spaghetti | chocolateandcarrots.com

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!

Easy Baked Spaghetti | chocolateandcarrots.com

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 Baked Spaghetti | chocolateandcarrots.com

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


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13″ pan with oil.
  2. Cook the noodles according to the packaged instructions.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir the spinach, ricotta cheese and dressing mix together.
  4. 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.
  5. Spread half of the noodle mixture into the prepared pan.
  6. Spread all of the spinach mixture onto the noodles.
  7. Spread the remaining noodle mixture on top.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese on top.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes until melted and hot.


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  2. I make baked spaghetti all the time but mine is just noodles, sauce, cheese. THIS takes it to a whole new level. Love the addition of ricotta and of the ranch seasoning, Caroline. Brilliant! I will definitely try that. Thanks for joining with us to celebrate Katie and her baby bump today!

  3. Caroline–thank you for surprising us and showering us with love and a tasty new recipe! I’m so glad we’ve became friends over the past year!!! I love the idea of having dinner ready and on the table (dishes clean, too) by the time hubby gets home. Must make a mental note of this! This looks to-die-for. I’ll definitely be giving this recipe a try!

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