Creamy One Skillet Baked Spaghetti is quite possibly one my favorite things I have made in a long time! You just can’t beat one skillet meal recipes!
Just today the woman who does my hair told me that I need to do a little cookbook (maybe an E-book) that focuses on skillet meals. I might just do that because this week alone I have made 3- all with the express purpose of sharing recipes for ‘real food that real people eat’ with you all. That and we had to have dinner- so there’s that.
But she had a point. So often seemingly simple recipes turn out to be a hot mess. Literally and figuratively. There are few things worse, in the kitchen that is, than cooking a meal that was labor intensive that no one likes. Wasted time AND money.
Here is my last (almost) one skillet meal: baked gnocchi with sausage and peppers
Last week I had FOUR WHOLE HOURS where I had to sit somewhere and rather than play on my phone I brought the new Cook’s Illustrated to look at. In it were tons of ideas on skillet meals, saute tips and so on. There was a recipe for skillet baked spaghetti that looked perfect. That night I made it and- we didn’t love it. It lacked that familiar “red sauce” taste and it was a bit thick (I used linguine instead of the recommended spaghetti). I followed the recipe to the letter. I am also not a big fan of Italian (link) sausage. Seeing that this was indeed a GREAT recipe that needed a few adjustments to suit our tastes, I made it again and once more to be sure. Yes, we have eaten this 3 times in one week but luckily it makes excellent leftovers! Be sure to check out Cook’s Illustrated, though. For several years I have learned more from that publications, along with America’s Test Kitchen and Cooking Light, than any other publication devoted to food.
What I have now is quite possibly going to be the only baked spaghetti recipe I ever use again. You just can’t beat the fact that you cook it ALL in the one skillet and then pop it under the broiler. Creamy one skillet baked spaghetti takes 2 of the 3 possible dishes you will have to wash out of the equation- since you can literally make this all in one skillet. While it is cooking on the stove top you can make a quick side veggie and a salad.
Want more ONE skillet meal recipes? Check out this round up of my top 5 most clicked One Skillet Meal Recipes HERE!