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What do you get when you combine two culinary favorites into one fantastically fun family dinner?

Spaghetti Stuffed Garlic Bread, that’s what! Or, as I like to call it, a spaghetti sandwich!

Closeup vertical photo of spaghetti stuffed garlic bread with title text and fresh basil.

This Spaghetti Stuffed Garlic Bread is also a fantastic dish to serve when you’re having company because one, they’ll never expect it, and two, it will serve a crowd! 

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A closeup photo of a slice of Spaghetti Stuffed Garlic Bread

The ingredient list:

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Why this recipe works:

When I make spaghetti, I almost always make garlic bread. The two just go hand-in-hand, like old friends.

This time, however, I decided to think outside the box (and inside the bread) with this new twist on serving spaghetti.

Needless to say, my family’s eyeballs nearly popped out of their heads when I brought this Spaghetti Stuffed Garlic Cheese Bread to the table.

Score one for mom!

A slice of Spaghetti Stuffed Garlic Bread in a bowl with fresh basil.

What kind of bread works best for this spaghetti stuffed garlic bread recipe?

The bread I used for this recipe is a rustic country boulé (French for “ball”) I purchased in the bakery section of the grocery store. 

Or, if you’re feeling super ambitious you can make a homemade rustic boulé.

That said, if you choose to use a different type of bread, just make sure it’s a crusty loaf that will remain sturdy once you slice it open, pull out some of the interiors, and pile in the spaghetti.

Closeup photo of spaghetti stuffed garlic bread with a fresh basil leave on top.

The secret’s in the sauce:

If you’re looking for a quick and easy homemade marinara sauce, I have a good one you can use if you’d like to change things up a little from what I’m sharing today.

Do I have to use meat in the recipe?

And, although I’ve used Italian sausage in this recipe, feel free to omit it if you’re looking to make something meat-free and vegetarian.

Either way you make it, with or without meat, it will be filling, delicious and a nice change of pace from your typical spaghetti and garlic bread dinner.

The easy instructions:

  • In a large skillet brown one pound of Italian sausage and 1 chopped onion.
  • Add minced garlic, dried basil and oregano, fire-roasted tomatoes, and tomato sauce.
How to make a spaghetti sandwich.
  • Simmer the sauce while the pasta cooks.
  • Meanwhile, slice the top off the bread and pick out the inner crumb from the top and bottom portions of the bread (reserve that for another use).
How to make a spaghetti sandwich.
  • Drain the cooked spaghetti and toss with the sauce in the skillet.
  • Place the bread (top and bottom portion) on a baking sheet and spread liberally with softened butter. 
  • Sprinkle both sides with plenty of garlic powder, and lots of Parmesan cheese.
How to make a spaghetti sandwich.
  • Fill the hollowed-out bread with the spaghetti and top place the top of the bread on top of the spaghetti, pressing lightly.
  • You can either serve this immediately…
How to make a spaghetti sandwich.
  • …OR wrap the spaghetti sandwich in aluminum foil, refrigerate, and bake at 425 for 40 minutes, when needed.
  • *Note – A serrated knife works best for slicing this Spaghetti Stuffed Garlic Cheese Bread into pieces for serving.
  • Serves 8-10.
Spaghetti Stuffed Garlic Cheese Bread covered in aluminum foil.

Can leftover spaghetti be used for this recipe?

Great idea!!

Leftovers can sometimes be boring, but not if you shake things up by stuffing leftover spaghetti inside garlic bread!

I’ll bet they didn’t see THAT coming!!

Want more Italian favorites?

*Italian Shell Pasta Salad (pictured below)

Italian Shell Pasta Salad with Mozzarella, Basil & Tomatoes comes together quickly with the help of store-bought bottled Italian dressing. It’s wonderful as a chilled side dish or a vegetarian main course.

Italian Shell Pasta Salad with Basil and Mozzarella in a glass bowl

*Pan-Fried Mozzarella Cheese Stuffed Rice Balls (arancini di riso),

*Italian Layered Zucchini Parmesan (pictured below)

Italian Zucchini Parmesan has all the flavors you love about pizza or lasagna, but without all those annoying carbohydrates to weigh you down.

 *Italian Sausage Pizza Burgers

*Spaghetti Stuffed Garlic Bread (pictured below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

Photo collage with title text for Spaghetti Stuffed Garlic Bread aka Spaghetti Sandwich

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s spaghetti sandwich.

Yield: 8 -10 servings

Spaghetti Stuffed Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread Stuffed with Spaghetti

What do you get when you combine two tasty family favorites into one fantastically fun dinner? Spaghetti Stuffed Garlic Bread, that's what!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) fire-roasted tomatoes, including their liquid
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 pound spaghetti, cooked and drained
  • 1 loaf crusty artisinal bread
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • basil leaves for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Cook the sausage and onions in a large skillet over medium/high heat, breaking up the sausage as it cooks.
  2. Stir in the garlic, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, tomatoes and tomato sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and stir the cooked and drained spaghetti into the skillet and toss with the sauce to coat.
  4. Use a serrated knife to cut the top off the crusty bread. Use your fingers, hollow out the top and bottom of the bread to form a bowl, making sure to leave enough of the outer crust to keep the bread sturdy. (Reserve the bread insides for another use. They may be frozen if needed)
  5. Slather the softened butter on the inside of both the top and bottom of the bread bowl, and sprinkle both sides with the garlic powder and the grated Parmesan cheese.
  6. Use tongs to pile the spaghetti high inside the bread bowl. Place the top of the bread on the pile of spaghetti and press gently.
  7. Wrap the spaghetti sandwich in aluminum foil and either refrigerate until ready to bake, or bake immediately in a preheated 425 degree oven for 40 minutes.
  8. *Note - if baking after refrigeration, allow the spaghetti sandwich to come to room temperature (approximately 30 minutes) before baking, and bake for 40 minutes in a preheated 425 degree oven.
  9. Unwrap the sandwich and slice using a serrated knife.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1 slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 509Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 13gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 68mgSodium 834mgCarbohydrates 46gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 17g

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wilhelmina

Monday 4th of May 2020

This is such a great way to switch up boring spaghetti night. My daughter thought it was so great to have a "sketti" sandwich, delicious!

Megan @ MegUnprocessed

Thursday 2nd of February 2017

This is creative! Beautiful pictures as well.

Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons

Wednesday 1st of February 2017

You are not messing around! This looks like everything I love all put together!

Sharon @What The Fork

Tuesday 31st of January 2017

I think I've just found out a new favorite way to enjoy two foods that we all love- spaghetti and this delicious garlic bread!

Angie | Big Bear's Wife

Tuesday 31st of January 2017

I love this so much! My mom has always been a "we must have bread with dinner" kind of person and she use to make us little sandwiches like this with rolls when we were little. I can't wait to make this for Thomas!

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