This spaghetti alfredo dish combines classic pasta with tomato meat sauce and alfredo sauce for a delicious combination. It makes plenty, so invite your friends or take it to a potluck!
What is Spaghetti Alfredo?
Spaghetti Alfredo combines two favorite pasta dishes–spaghetti with hearty meat sauce and pasta with creamy Alfredo sauce. It is layered in a casserole dish with mozzarella cheese on top and baked into melted cheese comfort food! It works because the flavor of the meaty tomato sauce and the cheesy parmesan sauce complement each other. And best of all, the Alfredo sauce helps keep leftovers from being dry!
Four Steps to Making Spaghetti Alfredo
There are four steps to making this dish, and you can overlap them to save time.
- Boil the spaghetti.
- Make the meat sauce.
- Make the Alfredo sauce.
- Melt the cheese in the oven.
Boil the Spaghetti
Follow the cooking instructions on the pasta package for al dente spaghetti. Use dry pasta from a box instead of fresh for this recipe so it will hold up to the heavy sauce and not fall apart. The general rule for fresh pasta is to use it for a cream sauce, whereas dry pasta is better for meat sauces. Since this recipe has both sauces, use dry pasta for the best result.
Make the Meat Sauce
Work on the meat sauce while the pasta cooks. You can add more or less of the spices you like to flavor the meat sauce. I recommend using Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Herbal Pizza & Pasta Magic to season it. And if you prefer a spicy version, try Hot & Sweet Pizza & Pasta Magic.
Make the Alfredo Sauce
Finish by making the quick-cooking Alfredo sauce. The key to a great-tasting sauce is to use freshly grated parmesan cheese. Fortunately, parmesan is a hard cheese that grates easily and quickly with a micro plane. Be careful using prepacked cheese because it may have anti-clumping additives that make it difficult to melt.
Melt the Cheese
Finish layering this dish by adding the cooked spaghetti sauce on top of the spaghetti. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top. Then bake for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Number of Servings for Spaghetti Alfredo
This recipe makes a large pan of pasta with 10-12 servings. It is a decadent dish because of the butter, heavy cream, cheese, and meat sauce, so expect it to go far. Leftovers heat well in the microwave or oven and do not dry out as much as regular spaghetti because of the butter and cream. Enjoy!
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