“Lazy” Spaghetti Parm

I am usually all about making dishes completely from scratch, but last week did me in, and some corners needed to be cut. The stomach bug hit all three kids in succession over the course of five days, starting with my son who needed to be picked up from a slumber party at 2 am, and ending with my daughter who was sick in bed on her 12th birthday, while the family party in her honor continued downstairs.

My daughter’s favorite meal is from a much loved local restaurant – Chef’s – and she always orders spaghetti parm. I decided to try and make it at home in her honor, while she battled through the stomach flu upstairs. It took no time -I used a jar of prepared spaghetti sauce instead of making my  own, and everyone loved it. I quickly baked some meatballs in the oven for the side, and this lazy spaghetti parm was loved by all (well, almost – my daughter enjoyed some leftovers the next day).

“Lazy” Spaghetti Parm (click here for printable recipe)


1 pound spaghetti or pasta shape of your choice

1 24-ounce jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce

1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Cook pasta to about 2 minutes less than done, as it will be baked and you don’t want the pasta to be mushy. Toss drained pasta with about 1 cup of sauce. Add 1/2 of the sauced pasta to the prepared dish, and top with about 1/2 cup of tomato sauce and 1/2 of the cheeses. Add the remaining pasta and top with the rest of the sauce and cheeses. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly. Serve with baked meatballs or sausage if desired.

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