Dinner for 9 for Under $9! {Baked Spaghetti}

Dinner for 9 for Under $9! {Baked Spaghetti}

My dad first made this recipe for our family from a cookbook for firefighters when I was growing up.  Over the years we have made it for cross country pasta pot-luck parties, Sunday family dinners, and taken it to many friends who needed a warm meal.  I’ve modified it slightly, upping the protein, reducing the fat, and adding the veggies, but this doesn’t take anything away from how delicious it is!  This also freezes really well as individual portions, in case you don’t have 9 people to feed!

Dinner for 9 for Under $9! {Baked Spaghetti}

Servings 9


  • 1 t olive oil
  • 2 lbs ground turkey (93/7 fat content)
  • 1 16oz box angel hair spaghetti can be gluten free or whole wheat
  • 2 25 oz jar marinara sauce reserve 1/2 c
  • 2 zucchini (small) diced
  • 1.5 c mozzarella cheese


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add turkey.  Cook until browned.  Drain fat, if necessary

  2. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package instructions, drain and set aside.

  3. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

  4. Add sauce (with 1/2 c set aside) and zucchini to turkey and mix.

  5. In a greased 9x13 pan, spread 1/2 c of sauce.  Cover with 1/3 of the spaghetti, top with 1/3 of the meat sauce mixture, and repeat with the remaining.

  6. Cover and bake for 40 minutes.

  7. Top with cheese and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is bubbling.

  8. Let stand for 10 minutes and serve in squares.