Spaghetti boats


Leftover spaghetti? I have the perfect meal for you… spaghetti boats! These are a great way to use up leftover spaghetti and they taste delicious! Anything with garlic bread involved is tasty in my book! We have also made spaghetti boats using zucchini’s, when we are trying to be a little more healthy.

I happened to see french bread on sale for a $1 and have some leftover spaghetti the other night, so we made spaghetti boats. This is a super easy dinner that your whole family will love! They will never know you used up that leftover spaghetti. ;)

Spaghetti boats ...made with leftover spaghetti and garlic bread! Easy and delicious! #recipes

Here is one of our favorite spaghetti recipes.

Spaghetti boats ...made with leftover spaghetti and garlic bread! Easy and delicious! #recipes

Spaghetti boats


  • Leftover spaghetti (approximately 3-4 cups)
  • 1 loaf of french bread (cut in half and then cut through the middle)
  • 4 TB butter (softened)
  • 4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Warm leftover spaghetti in the microwave (sauce and noodles mixed together). I also like to cut my spaghetti with kitchen scissors.
3. Place the 4 french bread halves onto a baking sheet (line with foil for easy clean up). Spread each piece with 1 TB of butter (more if you'd like). Sprinkle 1 tsp of garlic powder onto each piece. 4. Bake in oven for 5 minutes or until golden brown. You may broil it as well if you'd like. Remove from oven.
5. Top each piece of bread with about 1 cup of spaghetti. Then sprinkle on 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese. Bake for additional 5 minutes or until cheese is nice and bubbly.
6. Allow to cool and enjoy!

Spaghetti boats ...made with leftover spaghetti and garlic bread! Easy and delicious! #recipes

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Joyce posted on July 3, 2013 at 11:01 am (#

    Would English muffins work as well?

    • Jamielyn posted on July 3, 2013 at 7:47 pm (#

      Yum, I love English muffins! I’m sure that would be delicious, you’ll have to give it a try and let us know! :)

  2. Lisa posted on July 3, 2013 at 12:44 pm (#

    My kids would get such a huge kick out of this idea!! Love it!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 3, 2013 at 7:49 pm (#

      Thanks for commenting Lisa! It definitely is a favorite in my home and my kids love the idea that they are eating a “boat”!

  3. Demetria @ Mom Zest posted on July 3, 2013 at 7:20 pm (#

    This is a pretty cool idea! Thanks – my kids would love it (plus, spaghetti is always a big hit in our home!)

    • Jamielyn posted on July 3, 2013 at 7:50 pm (#

      It’s definitely fun to switch up the old spaghetti recipe for a change! :)

  4. Em @ And Nothing Else Matters posted on July 4, 2013 at 6:55 am (#

    Oh my littles will love this, and I always have leftover spaghetti.

    • Jamielyn posted on July 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm (#

      It’s such a fun recipe to switch things up! Enjoy! :D

  5. Stephanie posted on July 7, 2013 at 3:15 pm (#

    This looks incredible! My kids love spaghetti just about any way I serve it, they would probably eat it every night if I let them. Im going to try and make this for them as a different twist on an old favorite!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 8, 2013 at 9:40 pm (#

      Lol, my kids are the same! Such a fun and simple way to switch things up!

  6. Emily posted on July 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm (#

    My mom use to make these for us as kids, however, she would use hot dogs buns that were starting to get old! Delicious!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 16, 2013 at 6:43 pm (#

      What a great idea for using up those leftover hot dog buns! Thanks for the idea!

  7. Marcy @ day2day SuperMom posted on July 16, 2013 at 2:53 am (#

    These look so fun ~ and easy! I found you via The Inspiration Network. Pin’d =) Marcy @ day2day SuperMom

    • Jamielyn posted on July 16, 2013 at 6:48 pm (#

      We’re glad to have you Marcy! Hope those spaghetti boats are a big hit in your family like they were in mine! :)

  8. Shannon Reilly posted on October 15, 2013 at 8:41 pm (#

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! My almost 2 year old has refused to eat pasta in any form – but he LOVED this and it was the first time in a long time our entire family ate the same thing for dinner. This was a personal victory and great night. Thanks again!!

    • Jamielyn posted on October 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm (#

      I am so happy that your almost 2 year old loved it, that is the best feeling getting those picky eaters to eat! It also really is a blessing when your family will eat the same thing for dinner. Thanks so much for your comment Shannon! :)

  9. Julia posted on October 21, 2013 at 4:01 pm (#

    What a creative way to turn leftovers into a tasty new dish. This is both smart and fun. It’s a true delight to both the eyes and the stomach. Well done! We love the extra helping of mozzarella cheese.

    • Jamielyn posted on October 26, 2013 at 4:55 pm (#

      Thanks for your comment Julia. We definitely wanted to switch up the normal spaghetti, so this recipe was perfect for my family! Hope you enjoy it. :)

  10. Olivia posted on October 24, 2013 at 7:04 pm (#

    My husband and 2 kids love these!!!!

    • Jamielyn posted on October 26, 2013 at 4:12 pm (#

      It’s such a fun way to mix up normal spaghetti. Glad you hear your family loves it as much as mine does! :)

  11. Jessica posted on August 31, 2014 at 6:14 pm (#

    Can you make it fresh? I have 5 eating this (that includes me) and we have dinner every other weekend. It sounds really good. 

    • Jamielyn posted on September 11, 2014 at 1:10 am (#

      Yes, you can definitely made this fresh! I usually just make way too much spaghetti so spaghetti boats are perfect to “disguise” the leftovers! ;)