Easy, Healthy baked pasta with the perfect tomato sauce. Vegetarian1
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Baked Spaghetti with the Perfect Pasta Sauce

Easy baked pasta with the perfect tomato sauce to which a ricotta cheese mixture has been added, baked in the oven till golden brown and bubbling.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: pasta, spaghetti, tomato, cheese, healthy,
Servings: 4
Calories: 360kcal
Author: Farah Abumaizar

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup good quality olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large carrot, finely shredded
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes 400 g each
  • 1 can tomato sauce 400 g
  • 1/2 carton tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 200 g fresh mozzarella or shredded mozzarella for topping (440 lb)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 190 C (375 F)

For the tomato sauce:

  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan until hot, then add the diced onion and carrot, sauteing over medium heat for around 5 minutes until softened.
  • Add garlic and cook for 1 minute while stirring.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, dried and fresh herbs, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a boil, then cover and lower heat to a simmer. Simmer for around 30 min or longer if you have it!

For the pasta noodles:

  • Prepare spaghetti according to package instructions until al dente . Drain and set aside.

For the ricotta cheese sauce:

  • Whisk together the Parmesan cheese, ricotta, and the eggs until combined.

To put it together:

  • When the tomato sauce is done, add the cooked noodles in and stir until combined. Add the cheese mix and stir.
  • Place mixture into a baking dish or skillet, top with fresh sliced mozzarella or shredded mozzarella and bake for around 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbling or golden. You might want to broil for the last 2 minutes. 
  • Garnish with extra fresh basil and parsley and enjoy!

Notes

You can replace all the dried herbs with 2 tsp of Italian Seasoning.