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Finished spaghetti boats cut into sections. Spaghetti piled high on top of toasted garlic flavored french bread baked to perfection.

Spaghetti Boats

Traditional spaghetti with a hearty meat sauce piled high on top of crunchy garlic bread is spaghetti boats. Spaghetti boats are all your favorite parts of spaghetti night neatly stacked up so every bite is the cheese, noodles, meat sauce, and garlic bread.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Spaghetti Boats
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6


To prepare spaghetti noodles in sauce

  • 16 ounce spaghetti noodles cooked to desired tenderness
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

To prepare the spaghetti meat sauce

  • 1 pound lean ground beef drained and browned
  • 12 ounce tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 spaghetti seasoning packet

To prepare garlic butter

  • ½ cup butter (1 stick) melted
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesaon
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder


  • 1 12 oz loaf French bread
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400° Farenheit.

Prepare the spaghetti noodles in sauce, spaghetti meat sauce, and butter mixture.

  • To prepare the spaghetti noodles in tomato sauce bring a pot of water to a boil(Per package intrucations.) and boil noodles to desired tenderness, drain noodles, and return to pot. Add tomatoe sauce, sugar and black pepper. Mix until combined.
  • To prepare the meat sauce: In a medium skillet, brown and drain ground beef. Return to skillet. Add in tomato sauce, water, and seasoning packet. Simmer for at least 10 minutes.
  • To prepare the garlic butter melt the butter down to a liquid in the microwave in a small bowl. Add parmensaon cheese, orageno, and garlic. Mix to combine and set aside.

Time to build our spaghetti boats!

  • Cut the french bread down the middle horizontally creating a top and bottom slab or boats. Put the boats on a baking or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper cut sides up.
  • Taking a pastry brush coat the boat tops generously with the garlic butter mixture using the entire mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 5-10 minutes just until the top and side are lightly browning.
  • Remove boats from oven and pile on the spaghetti noodles and then the meat sauces on top of the noodles. Once you have your preferred about of spaghetti on the boats evenly add the mozzarella cheese. You might want to even press the cheese down into the boats to make it stay.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 5-7 minutes until cheese melts and then broil for 2-3 minutes to brown cheese slightly. Cut into 1-inch slices and enjoy!