Baked Spaghetti with Fresh Basil and Smoked Mozzarella

Baked Spaghetti with Fresh Basil and Smoked Mozzarella

30 reviews, 4.4 star(s). 88% would make again

Ready in 30 minutes

Great flavor, and easy to make! This is perfect the way it is, but would also be great with some summer squash and/or zucchini.


3/4 pound Dry spaghetti
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium Onion; diced
6 cloves Garlic; more or less to taste, minced or pressed
4 Roma tomatoes; halved and then sliced
1 14.5-oz can Fire-roasted crushed tomatoes; (regular crushed tomatoes would work fine too - just adjust seas
1 cup Heavy cream
2 teaspoons Dried Oregano
1 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 teaspoons Black pepper
20 Fresh basil leaves
2 cups Smoked mozzarella cheese; grated

Original recipe makes 5



Preheat oven to 350F

Cook spaghetti until almost al dente (be careful not to overcook - it will cook more when it bakes; it should still be a little white in the middle when you put it in the oven).

In a medium skillet, heat oil, add onions, and saute until soft. Add garlic, and cook about a minute more. Add tomatoes, and cook about a minute or two. Add crushed tomatoes, and cook until sauce begins to simmer. Add cream, and cook until sauce begins to simmer. Add oregano, salt, and pepper, and simmer 5 minutes. Taste, and adjust seasonings - sauce should have a good, full flavor that won't be overwhelmed by the pasta.

Lightly oil a 9x9 baking dish, and add spaghetti. Pour sauce over spaghetti. Arrange basil leaves so that they cover the top. Sprinkle smoked mozzarella over the basil leaves.

Bake for about 10-15 minutes, until cheese is completely melted and a little bubbly.


I made this up with things I had in my fridge and cupboard. Mostly I needed to use the basil, tomatoes, and smoked mozzarella, and didn't want to make a trip to the store for anything. The smoked mozzarella really makes the dish, and the fresh basil is excellent!

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I added more basil amf sauce if I make again will flavor the noodle more.
LaTriciaM 1y ago

Yummy. When I cannot find smoked mozzarella, I mixed package of shredded mozzarella with some liquid smoke.
cjcanfield410 1y ago

Next time I will add meat and more sauce. The people that ate this also didn't like the basil leaves on top. Most picked them off. Was ok but would have been better left as spaghetti.
v8juiced 1y ago

Very good! I highly recommend this dish.
ldoolan 1y ago

I've made this recipe several times and love it. I like using shells instead of spaghetti, and I usually increase the amount of sauce (more crushed tomatoes and cream). I haven't found smoked mozzarella at my usual grocery stores, so I use regular mozzarella and it tastes great. I had a request by a friend to add meat, so I may try that next time... I definitely recommend this recipe.
kittiesRus 2y ago

This was good. A little bland. I would probably add some more seasoning next time.
pols005 2y ago

very nice, and easy to make as well!
richardrijnks 2y ago

it was really goood ,and easy to make .
koz3a 2y ago

Very good! I used wheat rotini pasta. Boiled it in low sodium chicken stock and followed the directions and it came out great! Served this with salad.
shespr901 2y ago

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