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Insanely Easy Fried Spaghetti Recipe

Insanely Easy Fried Spaghetti Recipe

What in this world is more delicious than a big bowl of warm, slurpy saucy spaghetti? Absolutely nothing, I tell you. This fried spaghetti recipe is many’s favorite, and that fact spans across age groups.

I want to share my way of making the next generation of this dish-fried spaghetti. It’s a great recipe to make up a batch to reheat for lunch the next day.

I think you’ll love that you can whip this fried spaghetti recipe up with ingredients that are probably already in your cupboard. It’s also an inexpensive meal if you’re on a tight budget.

What is fried spaghetti? 

Fried spaghetti is just a bumped-up version of the classic version. While it is called fried spaghetti, it’s pre-cooked spaghetti baked in its sauce in the oven and topped with cheese. The traditional dish is served in two separate parts, the spaghetti first into the bowl and then topped with the sauce and cheese.

It’s a great dish to serve in a heavy cast-iron pan in the middle of a table with warm crusty bread (hello carbo-load) and a lovely green salad.

Ingredients you’ll need

 Here is the super simple list of ingredients that you’ll need for this dish:

  • 3 TBS olive oil or canola oil
  • 1 white or red onion, chopped
  • 1 pound/450g of ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • Pinch of dried red chili pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  • 20 oz/ 2.5 cups canned tomatoes
  • 1 TBS tomato paste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 packet of dried spaghetti
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup fresh herbs, chopped – parsley or basil

How to make fried spaghetti recipe (step by step)

I couldn’t believe how simple this was the first time I tried it. I’m pretty sure you’ll feel the same way. Here are the steps:

fried spaghetti recipe with egg

Step 1:

Pre-heat the oven to 350 ° F/180 ° C.

Fill a deep and large pot with water and bring it to a boil. You can speed this up by first boiling the water in a kettle. Salt the water generously, it should be as salty as seawater, as they say…not sure how many people have tasted seawater recently, but that’s the saying.

Cook the pasta in the water until it is done – check the directions on the back of the packet to see how long you should cook it. Be careful not to overcook the pasta.

Drain the pasta through a colander and add 1 TBS of oil to it to prevent it from sticking together while you make the sauce. Another tip is that you can make this with a different kind of pasta (if you don’t have spaghetti in the cupboard) as the principle is the same. This is a great dish to use up leftover pasta too! Just a thought.

Step 2:

Now for the magic part – the pasta sauce. Heat the oil in the skillet or frying pan. Add in your chopped onion and fry gently until it is soft and translucent. This is not a good time to pop out and do other chores as the onions can burn quickly, and they will leave a nasty bitter flavor. Add the minced garlic once the onions are soft, and cook for another minute. Garlic burns quicker than onion, so it’s not a good idea to cook it with the onion from the start.

Next, you will want to add your beef, dried herbs, chili, and seasoning. Stir the mixture around a few times and then leave to allow the meat to crust and change color.

Add the tomatoes to the pan and stir them in. Add the sugar. The sugar will balance out the flavors and bring out the goodness in the tomato. Cook the sauce on low to medium heat for about 25 minutes until it has thickened.

Step 3:

Add the pasta to the sauce. If you use the same cast iron pan you cooked the sauce in, sprinkle on the cheese and bake. This is the moment if you need to transfer it to a baking dish. Bake for about 10 – 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Sprinkle over a few fresh herbs, and you’re ready to dive in!

easy fried spaghetti recipe

How to store fried spaghetti

 This pasta can easily be stored in an airtight container and kept in the fridge for 3 or 4 days. The most important thing to remember is not to put the leftovers into the refrigerator while it is still hot, as this can set up a breeding ground for bacteria. Make sure you allow it to cool completely before storing it in the refrigerator.

How to reheat fried spaghetti

The simplest way to reheat your spaghetti is for a few minutes in the microwave. It’s also OK to reheat it in the oven, although I would cover it to prevent it from drying out too much.

FAQ

Do you have to boil pasta before frying?

If you want to save time, then boil it in water first. It will eventually cook in the sauce, so technically, you don’t have to pre-boil it. If you want to do it this way, I suggest baking it for closer to an hour in the oven, which is not ideal.

How long does spaghetti take to cook?

It depends but on average around 12 minutes. Assuming your water is heated to a rapid boil and isn’t just simmering, it will take much longer.

Can I cook pasta in the sauce instead of water?

Yes, you can, but it is a pretty inefficient way to make this dish, and it takes away the beauty of its speed and efficiency. So try to cook your pasta in water first. Once it’s done, transfer it into the sauce. Trust me, it doesn’t take too much work to cook your pasta separately in the water instead of the sauce.

fried spaghetti recipe

Easy Fried Spaghetti Recipe

Jamela
What in this world is more delicious than a big bowl of warm, slurpy saucy spaghetti? Absolutely nothing, I tell you. This fried spaghetti recipe is many’s favorite, and that fact spans across age groups. Ready to find out how to make this recipe? Read on!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 3 TBS olive oil or canola oil
  • 1 white or red onion, chopped
  • 1 pound (450g) ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • Pinch of dried red chili pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2.5 cups canned tomatoes
  • 1 TBS tomato paste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 packet dried spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup fresh herbs, chopped – parsley or basil

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 ° F/180 ° C.
  • Fill a deep and large pot with water and bring it to a boil. Cook the pasta in the water until it is done – check the directions on the back of the packet to see how long you should cook it.
  • Drain the pasta through a colander and add 1 TBS of oil to it to prevent it from sticking together while you make the sauce. 
  • Now for the magic part – the pasta sauce. Heat the oil in the skillet or frying pan. Add in your chopped onion and fry gently until it is soft and translucent. 
  • Add the minced garlic once the onions are soft, and cook for another minute.
  • Next, you will want to add your beef, dried herbs, chili, and seasoning. Stir the mixture around a few times and then leave to allow the meat to crust and change color.
  • Add the tomatoes to the pan and stir them in. Add the sugar. The sugar will balance out the flavors and bring out the goodness in the tomato. Cook the sauce on low to medium heat for about 25 minutes until it has thickened.
  • Add the pasta to the sauce. If you use the same cast iron pan you cooked the sauce in, sprinkle on the cheese and bake. This is the moment if you need to transfer it to a baking dish.
  • Bake for about 10 – 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Sprinkle over a few fresh herbs, and you’re ready to dive in!
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Wrapping it up!

Enjoy this delicious and mouth-watering fried spaghetti recipe at any point in the week. It’s such a comforting bowl of goodness, and you’re unlikely to have any leftovers.

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