Baked Long Fusilli Casserole (Baked Spaghetti)

Baked Long Fusilli Casserole is our beloved Baked Spaghetti casserole only it is easier! This one is made with marinara sauce, long curly strands of fusilli pasta, and melted-gooey cheeses. All baked until the cheeses are melted and it is heated thoroughly.  So yummy, it makes the cozy, comfortable meal on those busy weeknights when you need one!

Easy Baked Spaghetti Casserole…

Baked long fusilli casserole is comfort food at its best, just like our lasagna, only it’s easier! It’s layered with our mom’s marinara sauce, and topped with ricotta, Parmesan, and mozzarella cheese. Then bake until the cheeses are perfectly melted. You can make it with a hearty sauce too, like a classic bolognese or pork ragu.

Delicious and creamy inside, with a fun curly noodle texture that surprises everyone after their first bite.  This baked long fusilli casserole can become your next favorite dish to make!

What is fusilli pasta?

Fusilli pasta is a long curly strand of pasta, and it is usually sold in imported Italian gourmet stores. Fusilli pasta is not a pasta commonly found in every supermarket, but you can sometimes find it in the Home Goods gourmet section, Whole Foods, Italian shops, and Amazon.

How To Make Baked Long Fusilli Casserole?

If you LOVE baked spaghetti? Then you’ll fall in love with this recipe!

With a few easy steps and a handful of ingredients, we’ll show you how to make this easy-baked long fusilli casserole right in your kitchen!

So let’s get started!

A serving of baked spaghetti on a white dinner plate.

Ingredients Needed for Baked Spaghetti Casserole:

For this recipe, you will need a few ingredients:

  • Tomato Sauce – about 2 to 4 cups of prepared tomato sauce is needed.
  • Pasta – you will only need one package (16-ounces) of long fusilli pasta.
  • Ricotta – you will need only 1 large container of part-skim (or whole-milk) ricotta cheese.
  • Grated Cheese – choose grated parmesan cheese, and you will need about 1/2 cup.
  • Mozzarella – one package of shredded mozzarella will suffice.
  • Baking Dish a 9 x 13 baking dish is good for this recipe.
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A FEW QUICK NOTES…

  • Keep in mind,  I prefer to use whole milk ricotta with this recipe, simply because it tastes better and it will “melt” creamier. 
  • But part-skim ricotta will work just fine (which is what I had on hand).
  • Also,  fresh-tasting tomato sauce is key to making this pasta dish taste even more delicious!
  • We prefer to use our Mom’s Quick Marinara Sauce for this easy recipe!

Directions to Make this Easy Baked Casserole:

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  1. First, bring a pot of water to a full boil.  Add 2 teaspoons of salt to the water. When water comes to a full boil, toss in the fusilli pasta and gently stir it

    Meanwhile, heat some marinara sauce (about 4 cups) on the stove-top, or in the microwave until it’s very hot.
  2. Next, using a large ladle, spread on the bottom of the casserole dish a layer of tomato sauce, about 1 + 1/2 cups.

  3. Pot cooking the fusilli pasta. by 2sistersrecipes.com Place the rest of the ingredients nearby, and next to your 9 x 13 pyrex baking dish.
  4. When fusilli pasta is al-dente (tender to the bite), drain in a colander, and immediately transfer into the casserole dish, over the layer of tomato sauce.  Use a fork to help spread the fusilli pasta evenly.  QUICK NOTE: The curly pasta will start to absorb the sauce on the bottom of the baking dish.

  5. Next, top the steaming pasta with a few spoonfuls of ricotta cheese, and spread it (the best you can) with the back of the spoon.  Don’t worry if it’s not spread evenly – it will melt while baking.Easy Baked Long Fusilli Casserole by 2sistersrecipes.com

    6. Next, spoon the remaining marinara sauce on top and spread it evenly using the back of the spoon.  Make sure the layer of tomato sauce covers the curly pasta entirely.  Then sprinkle with a generous amount of grated Parmesan cheese on top.

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  7.  Finally, sprinkle with shredded mozzarella on top.  Cover with a sheet of aluminum foil and BAKE in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for about 20 to 25 minutes, then remove the aluminum and continue to bake for an additional 5 minutes until the cheese on top is completely melted
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8. Set it aside for a few minutes before cutting.  Cut into squares and serve it like a lasagna.

QUICK NOTE: *Keep in mind, that baking times will vary depending on the brand and the age of the oven you use.

Frequent Questions & Answers…

  1. Can we make this recipe with a different tomato sauce? Yes, you can use your favorite tomato sauce! Try this recipe with with a hearty bolognese sauce, or any leftover or our 8 recipes for Sunday sauces you prefer.
  2. Can we use jarred tomato sauce? Yes, you can. I would recommend using Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce, it is the best-tasting sauce for a jarred brand.
  3. How to store leftovers? Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container and kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  4. What if we cannot find fusilli pasta? Can we use a different pasta? Yes, you can use spaghetti noodles, imported linguine, and even fettucine noodles with this recipe. The “pasta-bilities” are endless!
  5. Can we make it ahead? Yes, you can prepare this casserole, cover it with aluminum foil, and place it into your fridge, and you can make it one day before.
  6. Can we freeze this casserole? Yes, like most casseroles, you can freeze before baking, or after it’s baked. Just be sure the casserole is completely cooled before covering it with a sheet of aluminum foil and freezing.
  7. How long can we freeze this casserole? This baked spaghetti can be kept frozen for up to 1 month.
  8. If frozen, how to thaw? Very easy to thaw. Just leave it overnight in the fridge, then take it out in the morning to fully thaw in time for dinner.
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Easy Baked Long Fusilli Casserole makes the perfect meal and one the whole family will enjoy!

This is an easy and delicious casserole to serve your family and friends. The kids will love the curly pasta texture along with the creaminess from the melted ricotta and melted cheese on top. So yummy!

Made with only 5 ingredients, and baked in less than 30 minutes, helps me put dinner on the table in a snap!   

It’s a win-win all the way! Try this recipe!

ENJOY!!

 

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Yield: 9 servings

Easy Baked Long Fusilli Casserole

A serving of baked spaghetti on a white dinner plate.

Easy Baked Long Fusilli Casserole is similar to baked spaghetti only it is made with a long curly noodle as the pasta. Then topped with marinara sauce, ricotta, Parmesan, and shredded mozzarella, and baked until the cheeses are melted on top. An easy meal for those busy weeknights when you need one!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound long fusilli pasta
  • 4 cups prepared tomato sauce - divided ( I used marinara sauce)
  • 6 to 7 heaping spoonfuls of ricotta cheese (part-skim or whole milk)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded whole milk mozzarella
  • One 9 x 13 baking dish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to Bake at 375 degrees F.
  2. First, cook the fusilli pasta in a large pot of boiling water. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the boiling water. Cook the pasta to an al-dente texture, or when it is tender to the bite. Then, drain the pasta in a colander.
  3. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat tomato sauce on the stovetop until very hot. Spread 1 + 1/2 cups of prepared tomato sauce on the bottom of a 9 X 12 baking dish ( 3 quarts or 2.8 L). Set it aside.
  4. NEXT, immediately transfer the fusilli pasta into the baking dish and use a fork to help spread the curly pasta into an even layer.
  5. Grab some spoonfuls (about 6) of ricotta cheese and place them on top of the pasta while it's still steaming hot. Using the back of your spoon, spread the ricotta cheese over the pasta. Do not worry, it doesn't have to be perfect, since the ricotta cheese will melt and will even out through this casserole while baking.
  6. Then pour the remaining sauce on top and spread it to cover the entire surface of the fusilli pasta.
  7. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese, and then with shredded mozzarella on top.
  8. Cover with foil wrap. Here is where you can refrigerate it if you make it ahead. Or until you are ready to bake it. However, you will need more baking time to heat this casserole thoroughly.
  9. BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes. Carefully remove the foil cover and bake for an additional 5 minutes, until the mozzarella is completely melted on top and bubbling around the sides. The casserole should be thoroughly heated when it's steaming from the center and sides.
  10. Remove the casserole from the oven. Set aside on the stove for 5 minutes before cutting. Cut into individual servings and serve. Serve warm.
  11. Yields: 9 servings.

Notes

If you make it ahead and refrigerate this casserole, you will need to leave it out on the counter to warm up to room temperature, for at least one hour.

Plus, you will need to bake it for more time, about 45 to 55 minutes at 400 degrees F, or until the casserole is heated thoroughly.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 348Total Fat: 8.8gCarbohydrates: 48.6gFiber: 1.8gSugar: 5.5gProtein: 18.6g

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2 Comments

  1. Would you believe that in all my years of cooking pasta, I’ve never used long fusilli pasta. I thought it would be difficult to eat because of the shape. Like your idea.

    1. Oh my goodness, that is so funny Karen! But you will be so surprise using it in this recipe. Fusilli pasta is a delicate pasta and it breaks up easily when cooked. But I find it works perfectly in this casserole, making it easy to cut into portions, and fun for the whole family to enjoy. I hope you will give it a try! Have a great rest of your week! πŸ™‚