Fried Spaghetti

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This Fried Spaghetti has everything you love about spaghetti and adds a crispy cheesy finish to create a uniquely delicious pasta recipe. A beefy tomato sauce is combined with protein packed noodles and baked in the oven to create a crispy, melty, mozzarella topping. Perfect for that leftover pasta from the previous night and great as meal prep, this is one of those pasta dishes that you’ll want to make again and again.
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Fried Spaghetti in a skillet.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • A crispy twist on classic spaghetti the entire family will love. 
  • Made with simple ingredients, this fried spaghetti is ready in under 30 minutes. 
  • High in protein and a generous serving size will leave you satisfied. 
  • Pairs great with a side salad or garlic bread.

A different way to enjoy a classic…

Say goodbye to your run of the mill spaghetti and sauce! This delicious pasta dish has everything you love about regular spaghetti and adds a crispy cheesy finish to create fried spaghetti. This comfort food meal has a beefy tomato sauce combined with protein packed noodles and baked in the oven to create a crispy, melty, mozzarella topping. Perfect for that leftover pasta from the previous night and great as meal prep, this easy recipe is one you’ll want to make again and again. 

Serving utensils in a partially-served skillet of fried spaghetti.

No beef? No cast-iron? No problem.

This cheesy fried spaghetti can be with any preferred meat. Ground turkey, chicken or even rotisserie chicken are great options. To cook any raw meat, follow the same instructions. If using rotisserie or cooked shredded chicken, add the cooked meat to the sauce before adding the cheese. Bring the meat to a simmer to warm through.

I used a 12 inch cast iron because it makes it easy to transfer into the oven from the stove. If you don’t have a cast iron, use a large frying pan to make the sauce and then transfer everything to an oven safe pan after the stove and before you bake in the oven.

Noodles.

As the name implies, the main ingredient is spaghetti. But this wouldn’t be Oh Snap Macros without making it easy on you! If you don’t have a box of spaghetti or don’t like it, use any type of pasta you want. Bow tie, penne, rigatoni…there are so many types of pasta and they will all result in a great recipe.

Fried spaghetti on a plate.

How to make this gluten and dairy free.

This fried spaghetti uses ricotta and mozzarella cheese. To make this dairy free you will need to omit or substitute with your favorite dairy free options. Because I used Banza Chickpea Spaghetti Pasta Noodles for added protein, this recipe is gluten-free as is. However, if you choose a different noodle, keep in mind they may not be gluten free. 

Ingredients and Substitutes:

These are the main ingredients and substitutions. See recipe card below for full ingredients list and instructions for Fried Spaghetti.

Ground Beef: this recipe uses lean 96/4 ground beef. You can use any percent beef or substitute with ground chicken or turkey. Alternatively, you can use shredded chicken or rotisserie chicken. 

Pasta Sauce: I am using one full 24 oz. jar of Rao’s Tomato Basil pasta sauce. You can substitute with your favorite.

Ricotta Cheese

Spaghetti Noodles: nutrition facts are for Banza Chickpea Spaghetti Noodles which are a higher protein noodle than other standard brands. You can use your favorite.

Mozzarella Cheese

Fresh parsley falling onto fried spaghetti.

How to make this spaghetti:

Step 1

First, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and cook the noodles according to the package instructions.

Step 2

In a cast-iron skillet or oven-safe pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and onions and cook for a few minutes. Add the ground beef and break into small pieces and cook through until no longer pink.

Add the jar of marinara sauce, seasonings, and chopped parsley to the meat sauce. Mix together well to combine.

Step 3

Add the ricotta cheese to the meat sauce and stir to combine and melt.

After the noodles have cooked, drain them and add to the beef sauce. Using a fork mix the noodles into the sauce to even cover the pan. Top with mozzarella cheese.

Step 4

Finally, transfer the dish to the oven and then bake for 10 minutes until the cheese has fully melted and the tops of the noodles begin to brown.
Serving utensils in a partially-served skillet of fried spaghetti.

What to serve with this recipe?

This fried spaghetti is a perfect example of a standalone meal because it’s so hearty. Add red pepper flakes for a kick of heat, fresh basil for a pop of color or a sprinkle of parmesan cheese for added flavor. If you feel like you’re missing out on some veggies, serve with a green side salad, or roasted vegetables, or for an official Italian feast, bake some garlic bread. 

Cast iron skillet of Fried Spaghetti.

How to store fried spaghetti

Store your leftover spaghetti in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. When you eat it the next day it will lose some of the crispiness, so I suggest heating your leftover pasta in the oven to bring it back to that original crisp.

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Fried Spaghetti in a skillet.

Fried Spaghetti

Danielle Lima
This Fried Spaghetti has everything you love about spaghetti and adds a crispy cheesy finish to create a uniquely delicious pasta recipe. A beefy tomato sauce is combined with protein packed noodles and baked in the oven to create a crispy, melty, mozzarella topping. Perfect for that leftover pasta from the previous night and great as meal prep, this is one of those pasta dishes that you’ll want to make again and again.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 376 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 lbs. lean ground beef 96/4
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 24 oz. Rao's Homemade Tomato Basil Sauce
  • 1/4 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 8 oz. Banza Chickpea Spaghetti Noodles full box
  • 1 cup low moisture part skim mozzarella cheese shredded (112g)

Toppings

  • fresh chopped parsley
  • parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cook the noodles according to the package instructions.
  • In a cast iron skillet or oven safe pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and onions and cook for a few minutes. Add the ground beef and break into small pieces and cook through until no longer pink.
  • Add the jar of sauce, seasonings, and chopped parsley to the meat sauce. Mix together well to combine.
  • Add the ricotta cheese to the meat sauce and stir to combine and melt.
  • After the noodles have cooked, drain them and add to the beef sauce. Using a fork mix the noodles into the sauce to even cover the pan. Top with mozzarella cheese.
  • Transfer the dish to the oven and bake for 10 minutes until the cheese has fully melted and the tops of the noodles begin to brown.

Notes

  • Nutrition facts are an estimate. 
  • Use any type of ground meat. 
  • Chickpea noodles add protein but you can use any noodle.

Nutrition

Serving: 295gCalories: 376kcalCarbohydrates: 28.5gProtein: 29.5gFat: 17.8gSaturated Fat: 4.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1.7gCholesterol: 54.2mgSodium: 556.7mgPotassium: 681.2mgFiber: 3.8gSugar: 5.8g
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12 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    The balance of protein, carbs, and fats was spot on, making it a great macro friendly meal and sooooo delicious. This recipe is a permanent spot in my meal rotation!

  2. 5 stars
    My whole family loved this and it was so easy to put together! Another bomb recipe from Danielle. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    So easy and flavorful and the bonus was I had all of the ingredients on hand. This came together in less than 30 minutes and my four picky eaters all enjoyed it! Would be great on a busy weeknight.

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