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Southwestern Baked Spaghetti


  • 8ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1⁄2cup milk
  • 1egg
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1medium onion, chopped
  • 1medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2garlic cloves, minced
  • 1teaspoon chili powder
  • 1⁄2teaspoon cumin
  • 1⁄2teaspoon oregano
  • 1⁄2teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4teaspoon pepper
  • 2(8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1⁄2cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1⁄2cup shredded monterey jack cheese


  • Cook spaghetti per package direcions.
  • Combine milk and egg, mix well.
  • Combine drained spaghetti, milk and egg; mix well.
  • Pour spaghetti mixture into a buttered 9X13 inch casserole dish.
  • Brown ground beef with onion, bell pepper and garlic in a large skillet; drain.
  • Return drained meat back into the skillet and add seasonings; Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in tomato sauce and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Spread meat mixture over spaghetti.
  • Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake at 425°F for 10 minutes or until cheese melts and is bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes.


  • CindiJ

    I made this and we enjoyed this dish immensely. I did switch the green bell pepper for a poblano pepper. This was very tasty and we will make this again. Thanks for posting a great, super fast and easy recipe!

  • Chef Ashley in Arnprior

    Excellent! I didn’t change any of the ingredients or amounts. The only thing I did do different was stir in a few spoonfuls of the sauce into the pasta before baking it.
    I loved it, my husband loved it, the kids ate it, and there were no leftovers!

  • Rottmom

    I made this ahead, froze it, and then pulled it out one night when I didn’t have time to make a meal from scratch. This froze nicely, and was delicious when I pulled it from the oven! I followed the recipe, except for using ground turkey in place of beef, and using red, yellow and green bell peppers. I thawed in the fridge all day, then baked it at 425 for about 40 minutes. DH loved it. Thanks!

  • Cup of Jen

    This was very easy and delicious too! The husband said give it a 5 star rating… and I agree. I will make this again. I made it as per the directions exactly…. I will probably venture out a little next time and maybe add some crushed or diced tomatoes?? or maybe not! thanks so much for sharing Kim D. xoxo

  • Ginny Ax

    This recipe is so easy and very tasty too! I added a can of diced tomatoes the second time I made it and will make it that way on the future. Thanks for posting!

  • Crudelis

    I didn't have bell pepper or Monterey jack cheese. Other than that I made the recipe as is.

  • Mizzpanda420

    This recipe was absolutely amazing and easy!! Even my 2 year old absolutely loved it. The only thing i did was add slightly more sauce.

  • ElizabethKnicely

    The meat mixture had a great flavor, I found that the flavor didn’t go down into the noodles at all and they were bland. Next time I will double the meat/sauce mixture and mix half into the noodles. Also, we love cheese, so I used a whole 12 oz bag on Monterey Jack cheese and 1 cup of Cheddar.

  • rachelmiller440

    This is the best recipe I have made on Recipezaar so far. I have some difficulty cooking and this recipe turned out beautifully. Even my two year old loved it! I used barilla plus pasta and used red peppers instead. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for an easy, yet very tasty dish! I just wanted to add an update saying that I froze this recipe and then reheated in the oven. Turned out beautifully again!

  • CathInSunnyCal

    I have been making this for a year and my whole family loves it-kids included! The added spices make this dish quite a few cuts above most baked spaghetti recipes. The only change I make regulary is to double the tomato sauce, oregano and garlic. (We like it more saucy than the original recipe comes out.) The addition of kidney beans is fantastic.