Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole is an easy hearty casserole that is both budget-friendly and easy to make. This casserole is simple and a delicious way to feed a family or a crowd!
When I have a hungry family to feed, I break out an old-fashioned casserole. Hearty casseroles are designed for that kind of work! Potlucks, large family gatherings… whatever your need, a casserole will be there for you. This recipe for Million Dollar Spaghetti is one of my all-time favorite casseroles. It’s basically an easy combination of baked spaghetti and lasagna. (I know, it sounds delicious doesn’t it?
As only the best family recipes are, this million-dollar spaghetti is budget-friendly. It yields a ton of food, and the ingredients aren’t complicated or expensive. In that way, this casserole is a fantastic part of your weeknight meal routine.
I like using Italian sausage for the extra flavor, but in a pinch, you can substitute regular ground beef.
The leftovers for this dish are tremendous. The pasta softens up a little bit when reheating, but the flavor is just as good as when it was fresh out of the oven.
- 1 lb of ground beef
- 1 jar of spaghetti sauce
- 8 oz of cream cheese
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ½ lb cottage cheese (equals 1 cup)
- ½ cup butter (1 stick)
- 1 pkg spaghetti 16 oz
- Grated cheddar cheese
- Preheat your oven to 350°.
- Boil your spaghetti noodles until al dente (firm).
- Drain and set aside until ready to assemble.
- Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, and cottage cheese until well blended.
- Brown your hamburger and when done, drain well.
- Combine the hamburger with your spaghetti sauce.
- Put a few slices of butter into a 9×13 pan then pour half of your spaghetti noodles on top.
- Take your cream cheese mixture and pour on top of the noodles.
- Spread well over noodles.
- Pour the rest of the noodles on top of the cream cheese mixture.
- Put a few more slices of butter on top of the noodles.
- Pour your spaghetti and meat sauce on top of your noodles.
- Now it is ready to put into the oven for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, pour the desired amount of grated cheese on top and return to the oven for 15 minutes to allow the cheese to melt.