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Baked Spaghetti (Macarona Bi’Lahmeh)

glass baking dish of (Baked Spaghetti) Macarona Bi'lahmeh with a fork in it

This was the spaghetti my mom made for us growing up. It is a baked spaghetti (Macarona bi’lahmeh) that has red sauce and spiced minced meat and tons of cheese on top. The allspice in this recipe, along with the za’atar makes it a little Middle Eastern you can say. At least, that was my mom’s spin on this, and it stuck, and I love it.

(Baked Spaghetti) Macarona Bi'lahmeh
(Baked Spaghetti) Macarona Bi’lahmeh

I wish I were joking when I say that my husband and I ate this whole tray in 2 days by ourselves. This baked spaghetti (macarona bi’lahmeh) is just that good, honestly. It is so easy too and something that both kids and adults will enjoy alike. You can pair it with a side salad or eat an entire plate of this. No judgment; that is what I did! Give this a try the next time you want to diversify from your typical spaghetti and meatballs. This is a quicker and different take that I am sure you will love and make on repeat.

Let me know what you think when you try in the comment section below, and be sure to tag your remakes to my Instagram account. I love to see them!

If you love pasta, then check out some of my other recipes on the blog: Cajun Creamy Pasta, Bechamel Pasta Bake, Chicken Penne, Pesto Pasta Salad

glass baking dish of (Baked Spaghetti) Macarona Bi'lahmeh with a fork in it
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5 from 6 votes

Baked Spaghetti (Macarona Bi’Lahmeh)

A childhood favorite of mine because who doesn't love spaghetti with red sauce and meat!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
40 minutes
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American, Arabic, Italian
Keyword: 30 minute meals, avocado recipes, avocado salad, Fufus Kitchen, macarona bechamal, pasta bake, pasta recipes, spaghetti and meat
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Beef (lean)
  • 1/2 tbsp All spice
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 tbsp Shatta (Chili Sauce)
  • 1 Tomato, diced, large
  • 16 oz Spaghetti
  • 24 oz Marinara Sauce (Tomato sauce) preferably flavored with garlic and or basil
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Za'atar
  • 2 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Instructions

  • First, add the spaghetti to a pot of boiling salted water and cook per package instructions.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, add the ground beef and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and allspice. Break down the beef with a spatula into bits and let this brown.
  • After a few minutes, add the tomato paste along with the chili sauce and fresh diced tomato. Cook all together for a few minutes until the fresh tomatoes cook down and the meat is fully cooked. Taste to adjust seasoning if needed. Set aside.
  • Once pasta is cooked and drained; add the marinara sauce to the spaghetti. Add the meat to this as well. Give it a nice stir all together.
  • Place the pasta in a 9 by 11 baking dish and top evenly with the parmesan and zaatar then the mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake in a 350 F oven for 15 minutes until cheese is melted. Enjoy warm!
Baked Spaghetti (Macarona Bi'lahmeh)
Baked Spaghetti (Macarona Bi’lahmeh)

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18 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is a must!!!! Y’all this was so good and comforting my picky 5 year old even liked it. I loved the middle eastern spices inside this dish. It really elevated it.

  2. 5 stars
    This spaghetti was unbelievable who would have thought to put zataar on spaghetti 😳 but wowww it was amazing, thank you fufu my husband and kids loved it next time i will definitely double the recipe so i can have leftovers.

  3. Is there any difference between hot sauce and chilli sauce? Shatta is hot sauce..more of a watery one.. chilli sauce are usually semi thick and chili seeds can be seen. Not sure which one to use

  4. 5 stars
    I needed a quick easy recipe, my kids wanted pasta noodles and husband like middle eastern seasoning, was quick and easy.

  5. is this at all a traditional arabic dish or is this a family recipe? i grew up eating the exact same thing but never knew if it was a real dish or just an arab-american thing

  6. 5 stars
    The perfect meal for a chilly day. I didn’t expect the zaatar to be a good addition but my husband absolutely loved it!

  7. Hi, this looks delicious and I would like to make it. Is the zaatar A dry seasoning blend, or is it fresh oregano and fresh thyme mixed together?

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