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One Skillet Baked Spaghetti

This Skillet Spaghetti recipe comes together in a single skillet and is finished under the broiler to brown the cheese. Delicious! 

Skillet spaghetti in a yellow cast iron skillet.

It’s no secret that I love pasta. If I had to choose between pasta and cupcakes… actually, I don’t even want to think about that. It’s my comfort food of choice, and my go-to when I run out of ideas for dinner. We eat some form of pasta at least twice a week, but rarely have traditional spaghetti and meatballs. 

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This is my favorite way to make spaghetti — I mean, who wants to dirty more dishes than you have to? And I don’t know what my problem is but I can NEVER have the noodles and marinara sauce ready at the same time. I always start them together and forget to factor in time for the water to boil. This baked spaghetti casserole recipe solves all my problems.

top view of baked spaghetti casserole in a skillet

Ingredients for Skillet Spaghetti 

This is such an easy baked spaghetti recipe, and it requires ingredients you likely have on hand already. Win! 

  • Ground beef 
  • Thin spaghetti
  • Water
  • Crushed tomatoes 
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Shredded Mozzarella 
  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Granulated sugar 
  • Dried parsley, basil, and oregano 
  • Salt and pepper 
top view of baked skillet spaghetti in a yellow skillet

How to Make Baked Spaghetti in a Skillet 

  1. Add the olive oil and butter to a cast iron skillet, then saute the onions, salt and pepper. Cook until tender.
  2. Add the ground beef and cook through.
  3. Pour in the can of crushed tomatoes, sugar, parsley, basil, and oregano.
  4. Add in the water and mix until well combined.
  5. Break the spaghetti noodles in half and add them to the pan.
  6. Bring to a simmer and cook until pasta is al dente.
  7. Once the spaghetti is cooked, top with shredded cheese and cook under the broiler until the cheese is melted and starting to brown.

What Size Skillet Should I Use? 

For this skillet spaghetti recipe, I used a cast iron skillet that’s 11 ¾ inches in diameter. A smaller skillet may work if it’s very deep. 

Can I Use Another Type of Pasta? 

Possibly, but a different pasta shape may alter the cook time. Thin spaghetti cooks quickly and doesn’t need as much water, which is why I use it in this cheesy baked spaghetti!

portion of cheesy baked spaghetti with garlic bread on a white plate. A skillet of spaghetti is in the background.

Tips for the Best Baked Spaghetti 

  • Note that this recipe calls for thin spaghetti, not regular spaghetti. That’s because thin spaghetti cooks more quickly and requires less water.
  • Likewise, this recipe calls for crushed tomatoes and not diced tomatoes. Diced tomatoes may result in a runnier sauce. 
  • Push the noodles down into the sauce after adding them to the skillet. You want them to soak up to excess liquid, not rest on top and dry out. 

More Easy Pasta Dinners: 

Baked Skillet Spaghetti

4.12 from 9 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 806kcal
Author: Emily Grace


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 8 oz thin spaghetti
  • 2 cups water
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup onion , finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • In a large cast iron skillet, saute the onions, salt and pepper in the butter and olive oil over medium high heat.
  • Cook until tender, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef and cook through.
  • Drain the excess fat liquid now if necessary.
  • Pour in the can of crushed tomatoes, sugar, parsley, basil, and oregano.
  • Add in the water and mix until well combined.
  • Break the spaghetti noodles in half and add them to the pan.
  • Make sure to push them down under the sauce.
  • Bring to a slight boil, and cook 9-11 minutes or until pasta is al dente.
  • Be sure to stir occasionally to keep the noodles from sticking together.
  • Once the spaghetti is cooked, top with shredded cheese and bake under the broiler until the cheese is melted and starting to brown.


Calories: 806kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 1312mg | Potassium: 1109mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 900IU | Vitamin C: 21.2mg | Calcium: 401mg | Iron: 5.9mg
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4.12 from 9 votes (6 ratings without comment)
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Wednesday 31st of May 2017

When this recipe says large skillet, it should say giant, 14" skillet. This will make a monstrous mess in a normal cast iron skillet and won't cook.

Emily Grace

Wednesday 31st of May 2017

Sorry to hear that you had issues, Patrick. The skillet featured in the photos that I used for this recipe is 11 3/4 diameter.


Saturday 6th of May 2017

Hi, I have a cast iron skillet that is 10 inches or so in circumference and I am wondering if that is big enough for this recipe or do I need to cut the amount of ingredients in half?

Emily Grace

Wednesday 31st of May 2017

Hi Derrick, I would recommend a larger skillet. The one in the photos above is 11 3/4. The 10in might be ok if it is really deep. Hope this helps.


Thursday 16th of June 2016

Hello! I love this recipe. I was wondering if I can include the recipe. Along with the photo that says "One skillet baked spaghetti" in a recipe roundup on my site?

Emily Grace

Sunday 19th of June 2016

Hi Patti, thanks for asking. You may use one photo with a link back to my site for the recipe.


Friday 15th of January 2016

I absolutely LOVE Spaghetti! You bake it, just cook it or even leftover the next day! My other half is the exact opposite it is quite funny too! I want help meal planning so I tell him if he doesn't help me with it I tell him we will have spaghetti again! so bad but so good! I also wish to invite you to my link party called Tips & Tricks Link Party! It opens every Monday at 9pm Eastern and goes until Thursday at Midnight Est. I hope to see you there!

Debbie @ Bible Fun For Kids

Tuesday 12th of January 2016

Thanks for sharing the recipe! Pinned it! It looks easy and delicious!

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