This Baked Spaghetti recipe is for mini loaves of creamy Alfredo baked spaghetti topped with meatballs and marinara sauce. It’s a Tucci Benucch copycat recipe!
There is a restaurant at the Mall of America called Tucci Benucch that I went to with my husband a few months ago. The food was delicious!
As usual, I had a hard time deciding but finally chose the Chicken Parmesan and Brian got Four Cheese Ravioli. One of the other items I wanted to order was their Famous Baked Spaghetti. I haven’t made it back to the restaurant to try it so I decided to make it at home.
Most baked spaghetti recipes that I’ve seen use a red sauce but the baked spaghetti from Tucci Benucch is made with a white sauce. The red sauce is added after baking, so that is how I made mine.
I decided to use my mini loaf pan instead of baking the spaghetti in a large pan.
This is the pan I used when making this recipe.
It is a Wilton Perfect Results, 8 cavity loaf pan.
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Wilton Perfect Results Loaf Pan
How To Make Baked Spaghetti
First mix about 6 cups of cooked thin spaghetti with Alfredo sauce. I made my own sauce, but you can use the jarred sauce if you prefer.
After greasing the pan, fill each of the mini loaves with the pasta and press down on the top to pack in it, adding more as necessary. Sprinkle the tops with shredded mozzarella cheese.
Bake for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
While the spaghetti is baking, heat Italian meatballs and marinara sauce.
Put a little sauce in a bowl, add one of the baked spaghetti loaves, top with Italian meatballs and more marinara sauce.
Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan and oregano. Serve with garlic, cheese bread, and a green salad.
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Don’t have a mini loaf pan, but I do have a couple of 8″ x 4″ & 9″ x 5″ loaf pans – could I use either of these sizes, & how many would I need for this recipe? Thank you! Can’t wait to try! (Or what size baking dish would I use)?
I think you could divide it between two of the 8×4 pans. But really either one would work, the spaghetti would just be thinner in the bigger pan.
I’ve made these several times, and they are delicious!! I am taking them to the mountains for a Christmas celebration with our family. I would like to make them ahead of time. Would it be better to freeze them in the pan before baking, or should I bake them first?
Sounds fabulous! I would freeze them in the pan, thaw in the fridge overnight and then bake as directed.
Cari Coons says
I made this for my family on a week night and was perfect! I used jar Alfredo as a time saver and was still delicious
Jan Painter says
This recipe was truly amazing! I made my own marinara sauce and meatballs several weeks ago to use in this recipe. Made the Alfredo sauce the day of. Also made only two portions as I wanted to try it first before serving to guests. Thanks to my food scale and basic math the two servings were perfect. Also great to be able to serve this meal for just the two of us. Having marinara sauce and meatballs and now Alfredo sauce in the freezer makes for a quick and easy meal.
Can’t wait to serve this fabulous dish to company!
Thank goodness your recipe is out here, now that Tucci Bennuch has closed!! This is a fantastic recipe, and I made it a while back, thought I’d lost it and realized I’d emailed it to my nephew so I found the link in my sent items! I’m making it for a quilting retreat dinner tonight, I know all the girls will love it.
We used to live near Seattle and loved Tucci Bennuch. Their mix of red sauce and Alfredo was the best! Sorry to hear they closed.
Amber Hillman says
By far our favorite Baked Spaghetti recipe. So much so that it is on the menu at our Pasta Bar Graduation Party this weekend for my second daughter!! Thank you for sharing it.
What an awesome idea for a grad party! I would love to see some pictures if you a chance. You can email them to me at email@example.com ~Tonia
I made this for dinner tonight and even made the Alfredo sauce. I did cut the recipe in half and made it in an 8×8 dish. It was so good. Easy and yummy! Thanks for the recipe. I have made baked spaghetti before and it was so hard.
I made this last night. It was amazing. I used a Low Fat alfredo recipe by Our Best Bites & everyone loved it.
Guiltless Alfredo Sauce
2 C low-fat milk…(I used 1%)
1/3 C (3 oz) low fat cream cheese
2-3 T flour…(I used 2 1/2 T)
1 t salt….(I only used 1/2 teaspoon salt)
1 T butter
3 garlic cloves…(I only used 1 garlic clove, but that is just my preference)
1 C grated Parmesan cheese…(I only used 3/4 Cup)
You can find the full recipe and instructions here: http://ourbestbites.com/2008/08/guiltless-alfredo-sauce/
I made this tonight and it was delicious…for those of you using alfredo from a jar , it takes one 16 oz jar of it to 12 oz of thin or angle hair spaghetti… I used a mini pan with 9 slots in it and had extra left over so I used a cupcake pan with 6 holes in it…we had plenty…and it was so so good….
I will use the 16 oz jar of Ragu Alfredo sauce…how many jars do I need for this recipe? It sounds delicious..I do have the Wilton mini pan for 9 minis in it….thanks for the recipe…
Do you have to make it and put it right in the oven or can it be made ahead of time? If you can how long will it hold and do you refrigerate it. I would like to bring it over to a sick friend.
What a wonderful friend you are! Yes, this can be made ahead of time. Cover and store in the fridge, for up to two days, until ready to bake. It might take a little longer to bake since the spaghetti will be chilled. It could also be stored in the freezer and thawed before baking.
Best of luck,
Lisa M Rhodes says
It is great to make ahead. I did this, but you might want to change the ratio of pasta to sauce. The pasta soaks up the sauce a little, so it might be less creamy. I made it and second day it was a bit dry. But with the spaghetti sauce, it was still really good. I will definitely make again, and make ahead.
I could probably use a muffin/ cupcake tin, right?
I’m going to try this recipe this week!
About how much pasta is 6 cups? A pound?
It is about 3/4 of a 16 oz box. Best of luck! ~Tonia
Has anyone made this is a larger pan instead of mini-loaves? If so, how long did you bake it? I am feeding a large group of kids this weekend in a hotel suite w/kitchen. Trying to take as little of my kitchen with me as possible.
I always make this in a large pan. I bake it at the same temp and time.
Carley Moran says
do you have the nutritional facts for the baked spaghetti recipe? Would love to be able to calculate.
Hi Carley! I’m sorry but I do not know that information. Here is a link to a nutrition facts calculator: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/calculator
I made this for dinner tonight! Seriously one of the best recipes I’ve pinned on Pinterest. My family loved it and the homemade Alfredo sauce was to die for. Thank you for the great recipe.
Yayyyy!! I’m so happy to hear that!
I’ve made these twice. Once with store bought alfredo and the other time with homemade alfredo. Homemade recipe was way better!! So good!!
Question – do you have nutritional information for one loaf?
That is wonderful to hear! Yes, homemade alfredo wins every time! Sorry, I do not have that information.
Made this tonight…I made my own meatballs and spaghetti…super easy and my family loved it!!
I just made this and it is amazing!!!! I used store bought alfredo and marinara sauce.
I also used half of the noodles required and replaced that with spaghetti squash—So good!!
Do you think these would freeze well after cooking the pasta in the mini loaf? Looking for meals to prep ahead of the birth of my second daughter.
First, I have to say congratulations! A new baby is always so exciting! Yes, I think these would work great in the freezer. And if the pasta loaves are a bit dry when you reheat them, the red sauce will take care of that. ~Tonia
Wow! This looks amazing 👍
Was wondering where you bought your mini loaf pan?
Thank you for asking! I updated the post to include the pan I used. It is a Wilton Perfect Results 8 Cavity Loaf Pan.
Do you think it would work with other pasta shapes? I have a mixture of leftover pasta I want to use up and this looks fabulous!
I’ve never tried it with other pasta shapes, but it should work great! Enjoy! ~Tonia
How can I print this recipe without wasting ink and paper on comments and ads? I would love to try these recipes but don’t have the time to write them down.
If you scroll down to the bottom of the blog post, the full recipe is in a box outlined with dotted lines. Underneath the image within that box is a button that says “Print”. Click on that button and a new window will open with just the recipe. Go to the menu bar on your browser window and choose “Print” from the drop down menu under “File”.
Or you can select the recipe with your mouse, right click and choose “copy”. Then, open a blank page in a Word document, right click again and choose “paste”.
I hope that helps! ~Tonia
Kait @ Our Foodie Appetite says
How cute are these?! I love this idea for some snacks or lunches on the go. I’m definitely going to have to try this! http://www.ourfoodieappetite.com/east-beach-farmers-market-norfolk-va/
Hands down, this is the BEST baked spaghetti recipe! You pretty much nailed the Tucci Benucch copy-cat. Since I am lactose intolerant, I used lactose free half and half, lactose free cream cheese, and dairy free margarine. I omitted the mozz cheese, although I could have substituted with Rice Shreds. My very picky daughter, who really doesn’t care for spaghetti and sauce, said this was “killer” and gave a thumbs up!
Yay!!! That makes me so happy to hear! Thanks for stopping back to let me know.
these sound fabulous but real Alfredo sauce breaks when you reheat it. I have always made fresh Alfredo and have not found a way to stop it yet.
Dee Johnson says
I use an Olive Garden copy cat recipe for Alfredo Sauce that calls for 2 OZ cream cheese. Never had it to break. Perhaps that’s how they keep theirs from breaking. It wouldn’t do for a restaurant to have to keep making fresh. Try adding a little cream cheese to your recipe. 2 oz. should do it.
Tima Murrell says
I made these the other night. My loaf pan must be smaller than yours because it made about 10. They were amazing. I put the leftovers in the fridge. The next day I came into the kitchen to find my daughter sitting on the floor eating out of the container. I guess they are good cold too. =)
So thank you for adding another amazing recipe to our menu!
That is my boyfriends absolute favorite dish/restaurant. It is a 5 hour drive so we don’t go often. After the first time he had it, he raved about it for the next year and a half. I finally took him again for his birthday in November 2014, and he got it again, so I tried it this time and OMG AMAZING. We went the next day for lunch, and I got it too! Worth every penny. I’m making my own version of it tonight, i’m sure it won’t be the same, but hoping it still tastes good!
Have you tried to freeze the baked spaghetti?