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Million Dollar Spaghetti

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This million dollar spaghetti is a loaded, baked casserole filled with spaghetti noodles arranged in layers with cheese and meat sauce.
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  1. MILLION DOLLAR SPAGHETTI INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE MILLION DOLLAR SPAGHETTI
  3. FREEZING THIS RECIPE:
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The best way to describe million dollar spaghetti is that it combines spaghetti and lasagna into one epic casserole. It’s loaded with spaghetti noodles arranged in layers with cheese and meat sauce. It’s one of those classic casseroles that are baked in one dish and only have a few ingredients.

You can never have enough casserole recipes, and this one tops our list along with Doritos casserole & Mexican casserole.

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MILLION DOLLAR SPAGHETTI INGREDIENTS

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You will need: 

  • 16 oz spaghetti noodles
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian Sausage
  • 3 – 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced 
  • 2 (24 oz) jars of spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup sour cream 
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided 
  • 8 tablespoons butter, cut in half & sliced thinly
  • Optional: parsley for garnish

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

MEAT: This recipe uses ground beef AND Italian sausage. But if you’re partial to one, you can use 2 pounds of your preferred meat. 

CHEESE: To make this recipe without cottage cheese, substitute 1 cup ricotta cheese. 

NOODLES: Mix it up and use your favorite noodles in this recipe — instead of spaghetti noodles, you can use medium-sized pasta like elbow macaroni or ziti. 

SAUCE: We love making this recipe with homemade tomato sauce! Keep a batch on hand and use it in recipes like this one. Here’s how to make homemade tomato sauce

HOW TO MAKE MILLION DOLLAR SPAGHETTI

PRO TIP: This recipe is arguably even BETTER as leftovers! Try making two at a time and freezing one for a day when you won’t have time to cook dinner.

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STEP ONE: Cook the spaghetti to al dente according to package directions (about 8 minutes). Drain the pasta and return it to the pot that it was cooked in. Stir in 4 tablespoons of sliced butter into the hot spaghetti. Add 1 jar of spaghetti sauce into the cooked noodles until they are coated. Set aside. 

STEP TWO: In a large skillet, brown the ground beef, Italian sausage, and onions. Add the cloves of garlic and cook for one minute more. Drain any extra grease. Pour the remaining jar of spaghetti sauce into the meat mixture and stir. Set this aside as well.

STEP THREE: In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the following: cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, and 1 ½ cups of mozzarella cheese.

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STEP FOUR: Prepare your baking dish. Use a 9 x 13” casserole dish (or 10 x 14” lasagna pan) and add the remaining 4 tbsp of butter to the bottom. 

STEP FIVE: Next you’ll create the best part of Million Dollar Spaghetti: the layers of noodles, sauce, and cheese! Spread half of the spaghetti noodles in the bottom of the pan.

STEP SIX: Then spread the cheese mixture over the noodles. 

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STEP SEVEN: Place the remaining spaghetti noodles over the cheese mixture and then pour on the meat sauce. Top with the remaining 1 ½ cups of mozzarella cheese. 

STEP EIGHT: Bake at 350 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes, until the cheese is melted and barely golden brown. Let it sit for 5 – 10 so that it’s easier to cut when serving. Allowing it to cool will make it easier to slice. One of the best parts of making million dollar spaghetti is getting to slice it and see all of the amazing layers of cheese and noodles.

PRO TIP: Around the 30-minute mark, check to make sure your casserole isn’t overcooking. You’ll know it’s time to take it out of the oven when the edges are slightly brown and the cheese is melted (look for bubbles in the gooey goodness of the cheese)!

FREEZING THIS RECIPE:

Million Dollar Spaghetti is easy to freeze. Store it in an airtight container or cover it in foil and freeze for up to 3 months. 

When you’re ready to eat your casserole, bake it for an hour or defrost it in the fridge overnight and bake for 45 minutes. Keep an eye out for browned edges and melted cheese to know when it’s done.  

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This Million Dollar Spaghetti recipe is a family favorite that’s a simple, budget-friendly dinner idea. Save this recipe for the next time you need to cook for a crowd or are craving a twist on classic spaghetti. 

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Million Dollar Spaghetti

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This million dollar spaghetti is a loaded, baked casserole filled with spaghetti noodles arranged in layers with cheese and meat sauce.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces dried spaghetti
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian Sausage
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 medium onion diced (or ½ cup)
  • Two 24-ounce jars of spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 8- ounce cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • 8 tablespoons butter cut in half (4 tablespoons in each half). Each 4 tablespoons cut into slices.
  • Chopped parsley for garnish optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook the spaghetti per package directions to al dente (about 8 minutes). Drain and return to the pot it was cooked in. Stir 4 tablespoons of sliced butter into the hot spaghetti.
  • Stir one jar of the spaghetti sauce into the cooked noodles. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet brown the ground beef, Italian sausage, and onions. Add the garlic and cook one more minute. Drain any extra grease. Pour the remaining jar of spaghetti sauce into the meat mixture. Set aside.
  • In a medium-size bowl mix together the cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, and 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese. Set aside.
  • In a deep dish 9x13 (or a 10x14 lasagne pan) place the remaining 4 tablespoons butter slices into the bottom of the pan.
  • Spread half of the spaghetti noodles in the bottom of the pan.
  • Next spread the cheese mixture over the noodles.
  • Next place the remaining spaghetti noodles over the cheese mixture.
  • Pour the meat sauce on top of this layer of spaghetti.
  • Sprinkle the remaining 1 ½ cups of mozzarella cheese on top of the casserole.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes. Let the casserole sit 5-10 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition

Calories: 931kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 64g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 1023mg | Potassium: 556mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1144IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 312mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. Lisa says

    If I want to freeze it, do I bake it first? Or just put it together and freeze it and then continue with baking?

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