Million Dollar Spaghetti

  • Million Dollar Spaghetti is a baked spaghetti that has layers of meaty sauce, noodles, and a cheesy middle. It can be made in advance and it’s freezer friendly!

    Close up of million dollar spaghetti on a plate.

    Whenever I am in need of some good ol’ comfort food I usually think of a casserole. And what can be more comforting than pasta and cheese! This is like classic spaghetti and meat sauce only better.

    Reasons you will love this easy casserole

    • It can feed the masses making it perfect for a crowd
    • It can be made in advance
    • It’s also freezer friendly!!
    • Easy to find ingredients that won’t cost a fortune either
    All the ingredients needed to make this hearty casserole.

    Ingredients

    GROUND BEEF OR ITALIAN SAUSAGE
    ONION, GREEN BELL PEPPER, SLICED MUSHROOMS, SLICED OLIVES:
    Use any vegetables you like in this casserole.

    PASTA SAUCE: I am using 2 jars of my favorite store bought pasta sauce to help keep it simple. If you prefer your homemade sauce that is fine as well!
    DRY SPAGHETTI
    PARMESAN, RICOTTA, CREAM CHEESE
    : these cheeses along with the eggs make up the creamy cheesy middle layer, YUM!
    EGGS
    SHREDDED MOZZARELLA: Fresh mozzarella would also be good!

    Two pictures of preparing the meat with the sauce for the casserole.
    Four pictures showing how to layer the million dollar spaghetti casserole.

    How to make Million Dollar Spaghetti

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a 9×13 or larger casserole dish. Start boiling water for your pasta.

    SAUCE: While the pasta is cooking brown the meat, onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms until the meat is no longer pink and the vegetables are softened. Stir in the pasta sauce and olives. Stir in your drained pasta.

    CHEESY MIDDLE: In a large bowl combine the ricotta, cream cheese, 1 cup of Parmesan, and the 2 eggs.

    ASSEMBLE: Place 1/2 of the noodle mixture in the bottom of your prepared pan. Top with the cheese mixture. Top with remaining noodle mixture. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella and the remaining Parmesan cheese.

    BAKE: Bake for 35-40 minutes or until hot and bubble and cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

    Overhead view of casserole fresh from the oven. Garnished with fresh parsley and a little red pepper flake.

    Recipe substitutions:

    Feel free to change things up with this casserole to suit your family’s needs.

    You can replace the ground beef or sausage with ground chicken or turkey if you prefer.

    Use whatever vegetables you like. Spinach, shredded zucchini, whatever you have on hand.

    Pasta can also be changed. Use penne, ziti, bowtie, or skip the pasta altogether and use spaghetti squash.

    You can also replace the ricotta cheese with cottage cheese.

    Pulling up a large portion from the casserole dish ready to serve.

    Serving Suggestions:

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    Close up of million dollar spaghetti on a plate.
    Million Dollar Spaghetti
    Prep Time
    20 mins
    Cook Time
    55 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr 15 mins
     

    Million Dollar Spaghetti is a baked spaghetti that has layers of meaty sauce, noodles, and a cheesy middle. It can be made in advance and it's freezer friendly!

    Course: Main Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: baked spaghetti, spaghetti casserole
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 435 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    • 1 pound (455g) dry pasta
    • 1 pound (500g) ground beef or Italian sausage
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • ½ large bell pepper, diced
    • 8 ounces (230g) sliced mushrooms
    • 1 (2.25oz) (63g) can sliced olives, drained
    • 2 (24oz) (680g) jars pasta sauce
    • cups (140g) grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 (15oz) (425g) container ricotta cheese
    • 1 (8oz) (226g) package cream cheese, soft
    • 2 large eggs
    • 3 cups (340g) shredded mozzarella cheese
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9×13 or larger baking dish; set aside.

    2. Start by cooking your pasta.

    3. While the pasta is cooking in a large skillet cook the ground beef or sausage, onion, bell pepper, and sliced mushrooms until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are softened. Stir in the olives and pasta sauce. Stir in the drained pasta.

    4. In a large bowl combine 1 cup Parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, cream cheese, and eggs. Place ½ of the pasta mixture in prepared pan. Top with cheese mixture. Top with remaining pasta mixture. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until hot and bubbly and cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

    Recipe Notes
    1. MAKE AHEAD: You can assemble this casserole the day before. Pull it from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before baking. May need to bake longer. 
    2. FREEZER FRIENDLY: You can freeze the assembled casserole or baked and cooled casserole for up to 3 months. Cover well with plastic wrap and foil before freezing. Thaw completely before baking or reheating.
    3. SUBSTITUTIONS: Use any kind of pasta you like. Replace the ricotta cheese with cottage cheese if you prefer. Use any vegetable you have on hand. Use ground chicken or turkey if you prefer. 
    4. SERVING SUGGESTIONS:
    Nutrition Facts
    Million Dollar Spaghetti
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 435 Calories from Fat 151
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 16.8g26%
    Saturated Fat 14g88%
    Cholesterol 120mg40%
    Sodium 775mg34%
    Potassium 382mg11%
    Carbohydrates 40g13%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 6g7%
    Protein 37g74%
    Vitamin C 5mg6%
    Calcium 253mg25%
    Iron 10mg56%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
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