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Spaghetti Stuffed Garlic Bread

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This spaghetti stuffed garlic bread features crusty garlic bread loaded with spaghetti and meat sauce and topped with melted cheese.
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  1. SPAGHETTI STUFFED GARLIC BREAD INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS SPAGHETTI STUFFED GARLIC BREAD RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
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Our spaghetti stuffed garlic bread takes a traditional pasta dinner and gives it an imaginative new twist. Crispy garlic bread is hollowed out and filled with spaghetti and meat sauce and topped with ooey gooey melted cheese.

For more easy recipes, try our pull-apart pizza bread and cheesy pull-apart bread.

SPAGHETTI STUFFED GARLIC BREAD INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 1 (1-pound) loaf of frozen garlic bread, thawed
  • 8 ounces (½ of a 1 pound box) thin spaghetti (cook spaghetti according to package directions)
  • 1 (8-ounce) block mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup onion, small diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

PRO TIP:

You can easily double the servings for this recipe. You will need a second loaf of garlic bread, a second 8-ounce block of mozzarella cheese, and you will need to cook the entire 1-pound box of thin spaghetti noodles. This recipe makes plenty of sauce so there is no need to double any of the sauce ingredients.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

SAUCE: To save time, you could also make this recipe using a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce.

CHEESE: Mozzarella is the best choice since it melts so well but you could add other types of cheese such as cheddar cheese or sprinkle a little bit of parmesan cheese to increase the cheesy factor even more.

SPAGHETTI: A great way to save time is if you made spaghetti one night, you could certainly make this dish the next night with the leftover spaghetti.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS SPAGHETTI STUFFED GARLIC BREAD RECIPE

STEP ONE: In a large skillet, on medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Once it is hot, add the onions, garlic, Italian seasoning, dried basil, salt, black and red pepper. Cook for 2 minutes. 

STEP TWO: Once the onions and spices have started to soften, add the ground beef and cook for an additional 5 to 6 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink. Drain any excess grease from the cooked beef.

PRO TIP:

If you do not wish to make your tomato sauce from scratch, you can cook your ground beef and then add 2 (24-ounce) jars of your favorite jarred marinara sauce. You will omit the addition of the onions, garlic, and spices and follow all the other directions for the dish.

STEP THREE: Add the crushed tomatoes to the cooked beef, turn the heat to medium-low, and simmer the sauce for 15 to 20 minutes.

STEP FOUR: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place a piece of aluminum foil onto a large cookie sheet and set it aside.

STEP FIVE: While the sauce is simmering, remove your garlic bread from the package and allow it to thaw completely. Once thawed, cut your bread in half so that you have 4 equal-sized portions. Place the pieces of garlic bread onto the prepared baking sheet garlic/butter side up.

PRO TIP:

If you wish to use a loaf of fresh French bread instead of a frozen garlic bread loaf, you will need to cut it in half lengthwise then into 4 equal portions. You will need to follow steps 6 & 7. You will also need to combine 4 tablespoons melted butter with 1 teaspoon garlic powder and brush the inside of your bread with the garlic butter before proceeding with the next steps.

STEP SIX: With a sharp knife, carefully cut a slit (following the shape of the bread) about ¼ inch from the sides of the bread.

PRO TIP:

Make sure you do not go all the way through the bread. You want to create a border to hold the spaghetti and sauce in the bread boat.

STEP SEVEN: With the bottom of a large soup spoon, press down the center part of the garlic bread, making sure to leave the ¼ inch border you created with your knife cut. You should have created a garlic bread boat.

STEP EIGHT: In a large bowl add your prepared spaghetti noodles with 4 cups of your sauce. Combine them so that all of your spaghetti noodles are coated with sauce.

STEP NINE: Divide your sauce-coated noodles into 4 equal amounts and fill your garlic bread boats with the spaghetti. Make sure to keep your spaghetti neatly piled onto the piece of bread.

STEP TEN: Top each of your spaghetti-filled garlic boats with a ¼ of the shredded mozzarella cheese.

STEP ELEVEN: Bake for 25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and lightly golden. 

PRO TIP:

If you want your cheese a little more golden brown, then you can turn on your broiler for 2 to 3 minutes or until desired doneness.

HOW TO SERVE

This would be a fun side dish or even main course that the whole family will love. This great dish would be a good choice to put a new spin on pizza night. Add a delicious Caesar salad and your meal is complete.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: These delicious spaghetti stuffed garlic breads should be served hot. They can be stored in a covered container, refrigerated, for 1-2 days, but any longer than that, and your bread will get soggy. You can reheat them on a baking sheet in a 350°F oven for 15 minutes or until warmed through.

MAKE AHEAD: You can prepare your sauce ahead of time and store it in a covered container in the refrigerator until you are ready to boil your noodles and prepare your garlic bread. You can freeze any remaining sauce, in a freezer-safe container, for up to 2 months. You will need to thaw your sauce before assembling your spaghetti stuffed garlic bread.

This easy spaghetti stuffed garlic bread would be a great idea to serve for an easy dinner tonight. The ooey gooey cheese and garlic bread drenched in garlic butter surrounds a hearty scoop of spaghetti and meat sauce for an inventive new dish that you are sure to love.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use store-bought spaghetti sauce in this recipe?

You could use a jar of sauce instead of making it from scratch. Just add the ground beef and proceed with the rest of the recipe.

Can I use fresh bread for the garlic bread?

You can use fresh bread but you would have to add the garlic butter spread before adding the spaghetti to the bread boat.

Can I freeze this recipe?

This recipe would not freeze very well. The texture would change and the bread would likely become soggy when it was thawed.

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Spaghetti Stuffed Garlic Bread

5 from 1 vote
This spaghetti stuffed garlic bread features crusty garlic bread loaded with spaghetti and meat sauce and topped with melted cheese.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound frozen garlic bread loaf thawed
  • 8 ounces thin spaghetti cooked according to package directions (half of a 1 pound box)
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese block shred
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes (28-ounce cans)
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup onion small diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet, on medium-high heat, place the olive oil. Once it is hot, add the onions, garlic, Italian seasoning, dried basil, salt, black, and red pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Once the onions and spices have started to soften, add the ground beef and cook for an additional 5 to 6 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink. Drain any excess grease from the cooked beef.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes to the cooked beef, turn the heat to medium-low, and simmer the sauce for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Place a piece of aluminum foil onto a large baking sheet and set it aside.
  • While the sauce is simmering, remove your garlic bread from the package and allow it to thaw completely. Once thawed, cut your bread in half so that you have 4 equal-sized portions. Place the pieces of garlic bread onto the prepared baking sheet garlic/butter side up.
  • Carefully cut a slit with a sharp knife, following the shape of the bread, about ¼ inch from the sides of the bread. Make sure you do not go all the way through the bread. You want to create a border to hold the spaghetti and sauce in the bread boat.
  • With the bottom of a large soup spoon, press down the center part of the garlic bread, making sure to leave ¼ inch border you created with your knife cut. You should have created a garlic bread boat.
  • In a large bowl, add your cooked and drained thin spaghetti noodles with 4 cups of your sauce. Combine them so that all of your spaghetti noodles are coated with sauce.
  • Divide your sauce-coated noodles into 4 equal amounts and fill your garlic bread boats with the spaghetti. Make sure to keep your spaghetti neatly piled onto the garlic bread.
  • Top each of your spaghetti-filled garlic boats with a ¼ of the shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and lightly golden. If you want your cheese a little more golden, then you can turn on your broiler for 2 to 3 minutes or until desired doneness.

Notes

Inspired by: Southern Discourse
PRO TIP: You can easily double the servings for this recipe. You will need a second loaf of garlic bread, a second 8-ounce block of mozzarella cheese, and you will need to cook the entire 1-pound box of thin spaghetti noodles. This recipe makes plenty of sauce so there is no need to double any of the sauce ingredients.
PRO TIP: If you do not wish to make your tomato sauce from scratch, you can cook your ground beef and then add 2 (24-ounce) jars of your favorite jarred marinara sauce. You will omit the addition of the onions, garlic, and spices and follow all the other directions for the dish.
PRO TIP: If you wish to use a loaf of fresh french bread instead of a frozen garlic bread loaf, you will need to cut it in half lengthwise then into 4 equal portions. You will need to follow steps 6 & 7. You will also need to combine 4 tablespoons melted butter with 1 teaspoon garlic powder and brush the inside of your bread with the garlic butter before proceeding with the next steps.
PRO TIP: Make sure you do not go all the way through the bread. You want to create a border to hold the spaghetti and sauce in the bread boat.
PRO TIP: If you want your cheese a little more golden brown, then you can turn on your broiler for 2 to 3 minutes or until desired doneness.

Nutrition

Calories: 1171kcal | Carbohydrates: 103g | Protein: 63g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 24g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 1909mg | Potassium: 1368mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 887IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 480mg | Iron: 12mg
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