Baked Bacon Spaghetti

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Okay, here me out on this one. I know it sounds odd. But you are going to thank me later. Sometimes I even have to convince myself to try my crazy ideas, but then I remember it is on meal out of my life so give it a go! Baked Bacon Spaghetti is going to be a new favorite for you. The smoky flavor of a crispy thick-cut bacon added into a quick but flavorful red sauce is such a delight. Then you add in the past and cheese and it’s over – dinner is a winner!

Baked Bacon Spaghetti

I use a thick-cut bacon for this recipe (and most recipes that call for bacon). I like my bacon to eat like a meat and not as just an add in. If you don’t normally go for thick-cut bacon, I want to encourage you to get it for this recipe. Since it is the only meat in this dish, you want to make sure you can really taste it. For the parmesan cheese, you want to get shredded and not grated. Since the sauce doesn’t cook for a super long time, the grated version stays sort of grainy and it’s just unpleasant.

Baked Bacon Spaghetti

As I noted in the recipe, if you don’t have any individual baking dishes (I love mine) you can bake the whole batch of spaghetti in a single 13×9 baking dish. You will just want to increase the time to 30 minutes so that the center gets nice and warm. The only real reason I prefer the individual baking dishes (sometimes call gratin dishes) is because you get your own big ol mountain of melty cheese, that can’t accidently fall off and be put on someone else’s dish. Yes, I am that obsessed with cheese.

Baked Bacon Spaghetti

To keep with the classic spaghetti idea, I served this with some garlic bread. I do sort of wish I had opted for a green salad to go with it too, as it was a very carb heavy meal – but oh so worth it!

Baked Bacon Spaghetti

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Baked Bacon Spaghetti

Smoky bacon in a red sauce over sauce and baked under a mountain of mozzarella
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword bacon, baked pasta, cheese, mozzarella, Parmesan, Pasta, red sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6

Equipment

  • 6 Individual Baking Dishes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Thick-cut Bacon cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion minced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 3 28oz cans Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded
  • 1 lb Spaghetti
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Garlic Croutons crushed

Instructions

  • Start water boiling for the pasta. Preheat oven to 375degF.
  • In a frying pan over medium-high heat, add bacon, onions, garlic, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Cook until bacon is crispy. Drain off excess grease. Reduce heat to medium low and add crushed tomatoes and let simmer.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook for 9 minutes (it will not be fully cooked). Drain in colander and return to pot.
  • Stir parmesan cheese into red sauce and pour over pasta. Toss to coat. Divide pasta up into baking dishes. Sprinkle each with mozzarella cheese and then crushed croutons. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • *If you don't have individual baking dishes, you can use a 13×9 baking dish, just increase bake time to 30 minutes.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

2 thoughts on “Baked Bacon Spaghetti

  1. Mmmm – bacon! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party – sorry to be stopping by so late. Hope to see you at tomorrow’s party too! Enjoy the weekend.

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